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Mathematical Papers and Service Honored at Joint Mathematics Meetings

WASHINGTON, DC - Prizes for meritorious service and exemplary writing were awarded to Martha J. Siegel, Mark F. Schilling and Robert D. Hough by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) on Jan. 5 at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta, the world’s largest gathering of mathematicians.

“These mathematicians are shining exemplars of the dedication of our MAA members to outstanding communication of mathematical research and strengthening the mathematical community through distinguished service. These have always been core MAA values,” said Francis Su, president of the MAA.

Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award
Martha J. Siegel is the winner of the 2017 Gung and Hu Award, the MAA’s most prestigious award for distinguished service in the mathematical community. Siegel is recognized for her leadership in guiding the national conversation on the undergraduate mathematics curriculum. Siegel’s work and support have propelled many mathematical initiatives. She founded the Towson University Applied Mathematics Laboratory, which supports student teams working in applied mathematics projects for business, industry, and government clients. It has been in continuous operation for 35 years. Siegel served on the MAA Executive Council, as the editor of the MAA’s Mathematics Magazine, and then as Secretary of the MAA for more than 14 years.

Chauvenet Prize
Mark F. Schilling is the 2017 recipient of the Chauvenet Prize for his outstanding expository article on a mathematical topic. His paper, “The Surprising Predictability of Long Runs,” published in Mathematics Magazine, is about how long runs of coin flips can actually be predictable.

Schilling is a professor of mathematics at California State University, Northridge, and his research has spanned a variety of mathematical areas, including statistical methods based on nearest neighbors, experimental design and long run theory, and bias in presidential polls and medicine. Schilling previously served as Associate Editor for the MAA’s The College Mathematics Journal.

David P. Robbins Prize
Robert D. Hough won the 2017 David P. Robbins Prize, which recognizes the author of an outstanding paper in algebra, combinatorics, or discrete mathematics, for his paper “Solution of the minimum modulus problem for covering systems” published in the Annals of Mathematics. The paper stunned the field of mathematics when he showed the solution of the minimum modulus problem for covering systems.

Hough is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University, where his research interests include quantitative questions in probability, combinatorics and analytic number theory.


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News Date: 
Friday, December 23, 2016