The Kieval Lecture Series

2016 Kieval Lecture Series:  Dr. Keith Devlin, Stanford University
Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13

Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. His current research is focused on the use of different media to teach and communicate mathematics to diverse audiences. In this connection, he is a co-founder and President of an educational technology company, BrainQuake, that creates mathematics learning video games. He also works on the design of information/reasoning systems for intelligence analysis. Other research interests include: theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition. He has written 32 books and over 80 published research articles. Recipient of the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize, the Carl Sagan Award, and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award. In 2003, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his "innovative work and longtime service in the field of mathematics and its relation to logic and linguistics." He is "the Math Guy" on National Public Radio.

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A lecture series endowed by the late Harry S. Kieval for speakers to address broad popular aspects of mathematics that are attractive to undergraduates and the general public. The speakers meet with students and faculty informally, in addition to giving two to four public lectures.

Previous lecturers in this series have included:

  • 2014/15 Jonathan Brundan, University of Oregon (May)
  • 2013/14 (None)
  • 2012/13 John Caughman, Portland State University (May)
  • 2011/12 Kenneth Ribet, UC Berkeley (June)
  • 2010/11 Sherman Stein, UC Davis (May)
  • 2009/10 Donald Crossfield, Roseburg High School (Feb)
  • 2008/09 David Pengelley, New Mexico State (May)
  • 2007/08 Jeff Weeks
  • 2006/07 Jon McCammond, UC Santa Barbara (May)
  • 2005/06 Donald Saari, UC Irvine, in conjunction with June PNWMAA conference
  • 2004/05 Millie Johnson, Western Washington (April)
  • 2003/04 William Dudley, DePauw (May)
  • 2002/03 Yves Nievergelt, Eastern Washington (May)
  • 2001/02 Jack Robertson, Washington State (April)
                 Colin Adams, Williams State (May)
  • 2000/01 Mark Neilsen, U of Idaho (January)
                 Edward Burger, Williams (May)
  • 1999/00 Joseph Gallian, U of Minnesota, Duluth (May)
  • 1998/99 Steve Keeler, Boeing (April)
  • 1997/98 (William Dunham cancelled within days of May series)
  • 1996/97 Rick Luttman, Sonoma State (May)
  • 1995/96 Judy Grabiner, Pitzer (May)
  • 1994/95 Bob McKelvey, U of Montana (May)
  • 1993/94 (None)
  • 1992/93 Duane DeTemple, Washington State (May)
  • 1991/92 Marjorie Senechal, Smith (May)
  • 1990/91 Rolland Lamberson, Humbolt State (spring)
  • 1989/90 Richard Guy, U of Calgary (spring)
  • 1988/89 Sam Saunders, Washington State (spring)
  • 1987/88 Mike Moody, Washington State (spring)
  • 1986/87 Tory Parsons, CSU Chico (February)
  • 1985/86 David Barnette, UC Davis (May)
  • 1984/85 Constance Reid (January)
  • 1983/84 Ivan Niven, U of O (November)
  • 1982/83 Jeffrey Arthur, Oregon State (May)