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Faculty named to American Mathematical Society initial class of fellows

Friday, November 9, 2012

LAWRENCE — Judy Roitman, professor of mathematics, and Rodolfo Torres, associate vice chancellor of research and graduate studies, vice president of KU Center for Research and professor of mathematics, have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013, the program’s initial year. They are the only two fellows from the state of Kansas. This inaugural class of 1,119 Fellows represents more than 600 institutions.

The American Mathematical Society is the world’s largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship and education. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.

Regarding the new fellows of the AMS program and the society, AMS President Eric Friedlander says, “The AMS is the world’s largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship and education. Recent advances in mathematics include solutions to age-old problems and key applications useful for society. The new AMS Fellows Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians — AMS members who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world, and to educational excellence.”

Roitman has done work in set theoretic topology and Boolean algebra, with emphasis on hereditary properties of topological spaces; cardinal invariants of superatomic Boolean algebras; automorphisms of superatomic Boolean algebras; Ostaszewski spaces; and paracompact box products. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California-Berkeley.

Torres works in Fourier analysis. He is interested in singular integrals, Calderón-Zygmund theory, multilinear operators, function spaces, and discrete decompositions such as wavelets. He has also made contributions in the spectral analysis of coloration in nanostructured biological tissues. He is associate vice chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies and vice president of the KU Center for Research. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, the 30,000-member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and everyday life. A description of the fellows program is at http://www.ams.org/profession/ams-fellows.

The Department of Mathematics is part of the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which brings together the research and insights of more than 50 departments, programs and centers. In total, the College employs more than 50% of the Lawrence campus faculty.