Springfield, Ohio —
Holder of a multitude of professional titles but best known simply as the “Math Guy” on National Public Radio (NPR), Keith Devlin will make a presentation at the 2010 Witt Series-sponsored IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Bayley Auditorium, located inside Wittenberg’s state-of-the-art Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
When he isn’t educating the masses as the “Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Devlin serves Stanford University in a variety of roles. He is the co-founder and executive director of Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research (H-STAR) Institute, a consulting professor in Stanford’s Department of Mathematics, co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network and a senior researcher at Stanford’s Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).
H-STAR is an interdisciplinary research center focusing on how to better design technology to make it more usable, how technology affects people’s lives, and the innovative use of technologies in all walks of life, including research, education and business. Media X connects Stanford’s interactive technology research with companies committed to technical advancement and innovation. CSLI is devoted to research in the emerging science of information, computing and cognition.
His educational and professional activities are not limited to Stanford and NPR, however. Devlin is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. Devlin is also interested in the theory of information, model of reasoning, application for mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition, and works on the design/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis.
After writing 28 books and publishing more than 80 articles, Devlin has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Pythagoras Prize, The Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award and the Joint Policy Boards for Mathematics Communications Award.
In addition to his Witt Series presentation, Devlin will speak at a Math, Science and Computer Science Students and Faculty Session at 3:50 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, also in Bayley Auditorium.
The IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences is funded by a gift to Wittenberg from IBM Corp. The lecture is designed to bring to campus distinguished scholars to enhance the role and image of science on a liberal arts campus and to bring about a larger understanding and appreciation of science as a most crucial contemporary exercise.
In past years, Wittenberg has welcomed a wide variety of accomplished professionals for the IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences, including cancer researcher Elwood Jensen, Wittenberg class of 1940, biologist E.O. Wilson, physicist Lawrence Krauss, psychologist Dan McAdams and geophysicist Marcia McNutt. Most recently, Wittenberg welcomed biologist Kenneth Miller in October 2008.
The Witt Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. This event, like all Witt Series events, is free and open to the public. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Witt Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Ryan Maurer