The Math Department recently received a compliment that is worth passing on. A distinguished scholar at the University of Chicago, Benson Farb, called us "the department with the highest derivative in the country." The label fits. Each year we are better than the last, with more awards, grants, and groundbreaking research. I hope you enjoy our inside look at some of this year's highlights:
- Professor Tao Li was one of 50 mathematicians worldwide elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He becomes the third BC math faculty member to be so elected.
- The number of math majors at BC continues to rise; we now have over 335. On top of this, we are raising the bar on many of our classes, and the students are responding well.
- A fall undergraduate research colloquium, organized by Assistant Professor Maksym Fedorchuk, gave students the opportunity to report on their research to their peers.
In other news, a job search is under way for scholars who will add additional breadth to the geometry group. We seek not only future intellectual leaders, but also individuals who are excellent in teaching, service, and student engagement.
This spring I will complete my third three-year term as department chair, and it is time to give someone else a turn. My time as chair has been exciting, but I am also looking forward to returning to full-time teaching and research.
I thank you for your support and encourage you to keep in touch.
James P. McIntyre, DEd, Millennium Professor and Chair