Superimposed image combining a birdcage and a tube plot -- two of many images created by Texas A&M mathematician Harold P. Boas using Maple to help students visualize calculus problems as part of his past graduate-level course, MATH 696: Mathematical Communication and Technology.


Dr. Harold P. Boas, professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, has been designated a Regents Professor for 2013-14 by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Boas is one of 10 A&M System faculty members who were nominated for the prestigious appointment, approved as part of the A&M System Board of Regents' most recent meeting, held Nov. 6 in College Station.

The Board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. To date, 189 faculty members have been named Regents Professors. Boas ranks as only the fourth within the College of Science (Dr. Robert Clark, physics, 1998; Dr. Sherry J. Yennello, 2007; Dr. Michael J. Benedik, 2012) to merit the honor.

Nominees must be full-time professors or senior-level professionals who have held that rank in the A&M System for at least five years and have produced a distinguished record of teaching, research and/or service. The chief executive officer of each university or agency nominates candidates for these designations. Nominations are reviewed by the chancellor, who then recommends them to the Board of Regents.

In addition to the perpetual Regents Professor title for the duration of their A&M System service, recipients are recognized with a $9,000 stipend and a commemorative medallion that is presented along with an inscribed nameplate and certificate encased in a hand-crafted wooden shadow box.

A member of the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty since 1984, Boas is an internationally known scholar in several complex variables, having won the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Bergman Prize (joint with fellow Texas A&M mathematician Emil Straube) in 1995 celebrating research accomplishment. He is equally revered for his innovative approach to teaching, his lasting influence on students and his flair for writing.

Boas, who was named an inaugural fellow of the AMS in 2012, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for teaching and scholarship, including the Mathematical Association of America's 2013 Texas Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and the 2012 Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award -- also a perpetual title and Texas A&M's highest recognition for classroom prowess. In addition to the first Outstanding Teaching Award bestowed by the Department of Mathematics in 1994, Boas has received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at both the college- and university-levels (2009 and 2010, respectively) after previously winning one for Research (1996). A past editor of the AMS journal Notices (2001-03), he also has earned two prizes from the MAA for expository writing -- the Chauvenet Prize (2009) and the Lester R. Ford Award (2007).

"Dr. Boas has made exemplary contributions to the university in research, teaching and service, as evidenced by his many national, state and university awards," said Dr. Emil J. Straube, professor and head of the Texas A&M Mathematics. "He is eminently deserving of this honor, and we are fortunate to have him as a colleague."

To learn more about Boas and his teaching, research and service efforts, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/~harold.boas/.

Click here for additional information on the Regents Professor Award and a list of past recipients.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Harold P. Boas, Regents Professor of Mathematics

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