TROY Woodham Lecture Series to focus on mathematics

Posted: Wednesday, 08 April 2009

DOTHAN—The real-world applications of the study of mathematics will be the topic of the latest entry in the annual John Woodham Memorial Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 14, at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

Dr. Reiff Lafleur, an associate professor of mathematics, will deliver a lecture titled “What is Math and Why Do We Do It?” at 4 p.m. in Sony Hall inside the Library Technology Building. Lafleur will discuss the various areas of math, what mathematicians work on, what methods they use and what kinds of applications there are.

A TROY professor since 1997, Lafleur earned a masters degree in mathematics from the University of Rhode Island in 1986 and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 1994.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences in memory of John Woodham, a long-time history professor who served as the college’s first dean and was director of the graduate program in international relations.

“We inaugurated this lecture series as a tribute to him after his death in 1996,” said Dr. Alan Belsches, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It has continued every spring since then.”

For more information about the lecture, contact the College of Arts and Sciences at 334-983-6556.

The lecture series is part of the April13-17 Heritage Week celebration at the Dothan Campus.