LAWRENCE — Judy Roitman, professor of mathematics, and Rodolfo Torres, associate vice chancellor of research and graduate studies, vice president of KU Center for Research and professor of mathematics, have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2013, the program's initial year. This inaugural class of 1,119 Fellows represents more than 600 institutions.
The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.
Regarding the new fellows of the AMS program and the society, AMS President Eric Friedlander says, "The AMS is the world's largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship and education. Recent advances in mathematics include solutions to age-old problems and key applications useful for society. The new AMS Fellows Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians — AMS members who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world, and to educational excellence."