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ASU Science Lecture to Feature Mathematician

March 19, 2013

Angelo State University’s 37th annual West Texas Medical Associates Distinguished Lectureship in Science Honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon will present Dr. Edward B. Burger, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College, on Tuesday, March 26, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Burger’s presentation, titled “Monkeys, Mathematics and Mischief: What are the Lifelong Lessons of Education?” will begin at 8 p.m. March 26 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center.  Prior to the public lecture, Burger will also meet with ASU students to discuss “Zero to Infinity: Great Moments in the Evolution of Numbers” at 2 p.m.  Both lectures are open free to the public.

Widely recognized as one of the top mathematics educators in the U.S., Burger currently serves as the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.  He was also recently selected as the new president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

In 1997, Burger became one of the first makers of instructional mathematics videos accessible to a broader audience through mediums such as CD-ROMs and the Internet.  Since then, he has created more than 3,000 videos targeting groups from kindergarten age to college.  He has also published 12 books and produced numerous online video textbooks and video lecture series.  In 2012, he developed Fuse Algebra I, Fuse Geometry and Fuse Algebra 2, the first school-level core apps for the Apple iPad.

The author or co-author of more than 35 research articles, Burger also serves as associate editor of American Mathematical Monthly and Math Horizons Magazine.  He has appeared on the NBC “Today” show, and in 2010 won a Telly Award for the “Mathletes” episode of the NBC-Universal television series “The Science of the Olympic Winter Games.”

Burger’s many other honors and awards include being named a 2012 Global Hero in Education by Microsoft Education Worldwide and Best Math Teacher in Reader’s Digest’s “100 Best of America” 2006 special edition.

The WTMA Lectureship honors Dr. Roy E. Moon, a longtime San Angelo obstetrician and gynecologist, who died in 1976.  The lectureship was established in 1976 and is underwritten by a grant to ASU from members of WTMA.

For more information, call the ASU College of Arts and Sciences at 325-942-2162.


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