Math professor emerita plans campus visit – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Math professor emerita plans campus visit

Dr. Jean Taylor, professor emerita of mathematics at Rutgers University, has scheduled three presentations in two days during her upcoming visit to the HWS campus.

* The first event, a colloquium for students in the sciences, titled “Soap Bubbles and Crystals,” is based on her research, and will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in Napier 101.

* Her public lecture, “Shaping a (Female) Life: Mathematics, Men, Mountains and Me,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. that same evening in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. A reception will follow in the Library Atrium.

* A colloquium for mathematics students on “Exploring Soap Bubbles,” will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in Napier 201.

Taylor began teaching in the department of mathematics at Rutgers in 1973, was named professor emerita in 2002, and is currently a visitor at New York University’s Courant Institute. She has also been a visiting professor at Princeton and Stanford universities.

Her research interests lie primarily in the field of geometric measure theory applied to soap bubble clusters and problems of equilibrium and growth shapes of crystals. She also lectures and writes on issues concerning women in mathematics.

Past president of the Association for Women in Mathematics, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Women in Science and the AAAS. She has served the American Mathematical Society as vice president and is currently chair of its board of trustees; she was a plenary speaker at the AMS Mathematical Challenges meeting in 2000. In 1998, she gave the Hedrick Lectures for the Mathematical Association of America.

Her visit was arranged through the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars program and is sponsored by the Colleges' chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, the Education Department and the Office of the Provost.