Prof. Dusa McDuff honored by the American Philosophical Society and American Mathematical Society

Prof. Dusa McDuff, Barnard’s Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics, has received recognition from two prestigious academic societies.

On November 15 at the American Philosophical Society’s annual autumn meeting,  Prof. McDuff was officially inducted as a member of the society, which was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” She was among the 34 preeminent scholars elected earlier this year to join this organization that brings together distinguished scholars from across academic disciplines to engage in civic and cultural matters. The Society also supports research through grants and fellowships, and is home to a renowned research library of manuscripts and historical documents. View the full list of new members.

Additionally, Prof. McDuff will deliver a series of lectures in January as part of the 2014 Joint Mathematical Meetings, an annual conference hosted jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting is the largest gathering of mathematicians in the United States. In her lectures at this year’s meeting, Prof. McDuff will focus on symplectic geometry. Listen to an interview with Prof. McDuff about her upcoming lectures.

Prof. McDuff joined Barnard’s faculty in 2007. She has worked in symplectic topology since the early 1980s, writing over 90 papers as well as co-authoring three books. Prof. McDuff has been awarded various honors and distinctions including the Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1994, a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

Mathematics professor recognized for work on symplectic geometry