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The Department of Mathematical Sciences (DOMS) is a community of mathematicians and mathematical statisticians. We offer degrees at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level. Thus, besides our faculty and post-doctoral visitors, our community includes a large and valuable cadre of hard-working and talented undergraduate and graduate students.

At the undergraduate level, we have two kinds of degrees: general degrees for majors in Mathematical Sciences are labeled Bachelor of Arts (BA), while our more intensive undergraduate degrees are labeled Bachelor of Science (BS). There are both mathematics tracks and actuarial science tracks within both degrees. For more details, see the page on the undergraduate programs. A minor in mathematics is also possible.

At the graduate level, we have the PhD in Mathematical Sciences, Master of Arts (MA) in Mathematics, and Master of Arts (MA) in Statistics degrees. We cooperate with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree for future high school teachers. There is also a combined five-year BA/MAT degree. For more details, see the page on the graduate programs.

While our highest degree is a PhD “in Mathematical Sciences”, a significant number of our doctoral dissertations are written on research topics in mathematical statistics.

All faculty members and post-doctoral visitors are active researchers. The main areas of concentration in the department are: Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Geometry/Topology and Statistics.

Read the page on Graduate Programs for information about financial support for graduate students.

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Louis McAuley [1924 - 2020]

With sadness we report the passing on November 18, 2020 of Professor Emeritus Louis F. McAuley.

Louis was born in 1924 in Travelers Rest, South Carolina to Stephen Floyd and Floree Cox McAuley. He served in the army in WWII in Italy at age 19. He studied at Mars Hill Jr. College, received his Bachelor's Degree at Oklahoma State University, and his Doctorate in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina.

He was a member of the mathematics departments at the University of Maryland, the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers University, and at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He also spent time as a visitor at Louisiana State University, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Istanbul Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

At SUNY Binghamton he served as Chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences from 1969 -1978, and was instrumental in developing the graduate program. He directed the doctoral work of 21 students who received PhD's in Mathematics and went on to successful careers in teaching and research.

He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Ionene McAuley, his brother Van, and his sister Harriett. Louis is survived by his three sons John Devin, Louis Kirk, and Jeff Cox, their mother Patricia McAuley, and his longtime partner Kathryn Espe, as well as his niece Charlotte Poole and nephew Stephen McCall.

2020/11/23 09:01

Erik Kjær Pedersen [1946 - 2020]

With sadness we report the passing on May 24, 2020 of Professor Emeritus Erik Kjær Pedersen, our friend and colleague.

Erik grew up in the Jutland Peninsula of his native Denmark. He received his Masters Degree with emphasis in topology at Aarhus University, then the leading mathematics center in Denmark. He moved on to doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, receiving his PhD in 1974 under the direction of Richard Lashof. He had a considerable reputation in research mathematics as author or coauthor of more than sixty research papers in leading journals.

Erik returned to Denmark and spent a significant part of his career at Odense University before moving to the United States in 1990. That was when he was recruited by the Mathematical Sciences Department at Binghamton as part of an innovative SUNY program called the Graduate Research Initiative, intended to advance the research profiles of the four SUNY centers. He remained in our department until the end of 2006 when he answered the call to return to Denmark as head of the mathematical sciences department at the University of Copenhagen.

While at Binghamton, Erik had a considerable and highly positive influence on the ethos of our department. He increased our profile, organized important conferences, and in his two terms as Department Chair provided strong leadership. Nobody ever called Erik Pedersen mild-mannered. His personality filled the room.

Michael Sorensen, Head of the Mathematical Sciences Department, University of Copenhagen writes: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Erik Kjær Pedersen died earlier today at a hospital in Florida after a long illness. Last summer, it was found that Erik had a brain tumor. After an operation he got relatively well, but unfortunately the improvement did not last.

“Erik, as Head of [the Copenhagen] Department for 10 years, played an absolutely invaluable role both for the department and for Danish mathematics. During his time as Head of Department, MATH's international standing was very significantly improved so that we can now compete with the best European departments. The number of external grants, many of them very prestigious, exploded. The same is true of the number of PhD students and postdocs. In addition, Erik ensured that the department is financially sound and has considerable savings.”

Erik Kjær Pedersen is survived by his wife Inger Stricker Pedersen, their three children, and several grandchildren.

2020/06/01 10:30

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