Painting by Karen Collins in honor of MIT mathematician Richard P. Stanley, who will present the inaugural Mathematics Undergraduate Research Lecture this Monday at Texas A&M University. (All photographs courtesy of Richard P. Stanley.)


Richard P. Stanley, Norman Levinson Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will visit the Texas A&M University campus next week to help initiate a new event, the Mathematics Undergraduate Research Lecture Series, designed to educate and inspire students in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics.

Stanley, an international expert in the field of combinatorics, will present "Plane Tilings" on Monday (March 7) at 6 p.m. in Room 220 of the John R. Blocker Building. The event will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a brief discussion opportunity from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Paulo Lima-Filho, professor and associate head for operations and undergraduate programs in Texas A&M Mathematics, says the series is intended to provide a venue for undergraduate students to interact with leading researchers from outside Texas A&M who have also demonstrated a deep interest in and capacity for student mentoring.

"Beyond being a famous MIT professor, Richard Stanley is an outstanding researcher and entertaining speaker who is heavily involved with student mentoring and undergraduate activities," Lima-Filho said. "Dr. Stanley is a giant in his field and a great way to kick off what we see as an invaluable lifelong learning opportunity for our students across generations."

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Stanley has made many pioneering contributions to combinatorics and its connections with other areas of mathematics, including algebraic topology, commutative algebra and representation theory. His career research-related honors include the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics' George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics (1975), the American Mathematical Society's Leroy P. Steele Prize for mathematical exposition (2001) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics (2003). In addition, he was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2006, an honor extended to only the most accomplished mathematicians worldwide.

Stanley has authored several books, including the two-volume Enumerative Combinatorics as well as Combinatorics and Commutative Algebra, and more than 100 research articles in mathematics. He has served as thesis advisor to nearly 60 doctoral students, many of whom have had distinguished careers in combinatorial research.

For additional information about the lecture, visit the URLS homepage.

To learn more about undergraduate research in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics, go to http://www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/research/.

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Contact: Shana Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Paulo Lima-Filho, (979) 845-1981 or plfilho@math.tamu.edu

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  • Richard P. Stanley

  • Stanley, pictured with his MIT Ph.D. student Nan Li at Iceland's Thingvellir National Park.

  • Stanley, receiving his honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo in 2007.

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