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A Chat with Professor Keyfitz

10/02/2012 : A chat with Professor Keyfitz

It's our pleasure to invite you to an informal meeting with Professor Barbara Lee Keyfitz, the guest speaker of the '6th Annual Women in Mathematics Day', on Tuesday, October 2nd. The organizer, Professor Danielli, has arranged for us to meet with Prof. Keyfitz from 3 to 4 pm in the library lounge.

Please join us to hear what Prof. Keyfitz has to share about her pioneering accomplishments in mathematics, and to ask her about various topics that interest you. We're certain her advice will be valuable as her experiences span many positions she has held, including the president of AWM for 2005-2006.

She received her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Courant Institute, New York University. Her research area is Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations. She has contributed to the study of nonstrictly hyperbolic conservation laws. With Hilbert Kranzer, she developed the concept of singular shocks, which occur in some types of systems. With Suncica Canic and others, she was a pioneer in the mathematical theory of self-similar solutions of multidimensional conservation laws. Barbara Lee Keyfitz is the Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics at Ohio State University, which she joined in January 2009, after 21 years at the University of Houston and four and a half years as Director of the Fields Institute.

Keyfitz is a SIAM fellow, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and the recipient of 2012 SIAM award of Distinguished Service to the Profession. In 2012, she was the Noether Lecturer at the Joint Mathematical Meetings and the Kovalevsky Lecturer at the SIAM Annual Meeting. She has received the 2005 Krieger-Nelson prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society and and honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree from University of Waterloo.

Before joining the faculty of the University of Houston, she was a faculty member in Engineering at Columbia and Princeton, and in mathematics at Arizona State University. She also held visiting positions at the University of Nice, at Duke University, at Berkeley, at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, at the Fields Institute, and at Brown University. She was the President of the Association of Women in Mathematics in 2005-2006, is Vice President of the American Mathematical Society, and on October 1, 2011, she became President of the International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics for a four-year term.

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