Discover the Pioneering Women in Mathematics

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Larry H. Riddle, professor of mathematics at Agnes Scott College, will deliver this year’s Joseph R. Gladden Jr. Public Lecture. The lecture, “Pioneering Women in Mathematics,” is March 18 at 5 p.m. in the Dana Fine Arts Building, Winter Theatre.
Larry Riddle
This event is free and open to the public, no ticket required. A reception follows immediately in the Baker Atrium of the Bullock Science Center.

Riddle created and maintains Biographies of Women Mathematicians, a Web site devoted to illustrating the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics. The often-sited Web site, created in 1995, posts biographical essays and comments on women mathematicians, as well as additional resources about women in mathematics. The site was one of the first of its kind and remains popular, receiving thousands of hits on peak days.

Riddle joined the Agnes Scott faculty in 1989, following seven years as an assistant professor at Emory University. A native of Philadelphia, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1976 and completed the mathematical tripos, part III at Cambridge University, following graduation. He earned both his master’s and Ph.D., in statistics and mathematics, respectively, from the University of Illinois. Riddle is the recipient of Cambridge University’s Winston Churchill Scholarship, the Mathematics Instructional Award from the University of Illinois, a Lilly Post-Doctoral Teaching Award and the 2003 Vulcan Materials Company Award for Excellence in Teaching from Agnes Scott.

He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. He served as chief reader for the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam from 1999 to 2003, and as the chair of the Advanced Placement Calculus Development Committee from 2005 to 2007.

The Gladden Award is given every year to a member of the Agnes Scott faculty whose scholarly activities are especially noteworthy. Recipients are asked to give a public lecture to the entire Agnes Scott community on a topic related to his or her scholarly work. The Gladden Public Lecture Series is named for Joseph R. Gladden Jr., chair of the Agnes Scott Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2002.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.