History of the Department


David Rose, a mathematics major, was valedictorian of the Class of 2001 and is now attending graduate school in mathematics at the University of Illinois in Urbana.  This is the second straight year that a mathematics major at Sewanee has been valedictorian of his graduating class.

We welcome two new members to our department this fall. Doug Drinen comes to us from Dartmouth College, where he held the John Wesley Young Instructorship. Doug received his bachelor's degree from Trinity University and his Ph.D. degree from Arizona State University, with a thesis in C*-algebras. Emily Puckette comes from Occidental College, where she taught mathematics for six years. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her Ph.D. degree from Duke University, with a thesis in probability.

Sewanee's administration has recently undergone a symmetric transformation. Following his sabbatical leave this fall, Fred Croom will return to full-time teaching of mathematics, having served as provost of the University since 1984. Linda Bright Lankewicz will leave full-time teaching in computer science to assume the post of provost following her sabbatical leave this fall. Linda is currently doing research in computer science at Vanderbilt.

Clay Ross, having taught at Sewanee since 1973, has announced his retirement from full-time teaching following this year. Clay, who recently completed a term as chair of our department, is the author of a Springer-Verlag differential equations text using Mathematica. Chris Parrish has returned this fall after studying computer science "down under" at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, where he spent his sabbatical leave.

Lucia Dale presented a paper this summer at a computer science conference in South Korea. She has recently been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant under their Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program in the Division of Robotics and Human Augmentation. The grant will provide $158,512 for three years of student-faculty cooperative research on motion planning.

The annual Sherwood Ebey Lecture was given this fall by Nancy M. Amato, of the Department of Computer Science at Texas A&M University, who spoke on randomized motion planning.  The annual homecoming lecture will be given by William Duncan, Class of '00, who is currently a graduate student in computer science at UT-Knoxville.

(Submitted by William Priestley, 2001)