The Vernon L. Pack Scholar in Residence and Distinguished Lecture Series and The Graduate School Symposium Series will present a lecture by Robert Fefferman, dean of the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center. The lecture, “A Journey to Infinity: An Encounter with Controversial Mathematics,” is free and open to the public.
Fefferman is the Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He has been dean of the Physical Sciences Division since 2003.
Within mathematics, Fefferman is an expert in the field of harmonic analysis and its applications to elliptic partial differential equations and its relationship to probability theory. He is one of the founders of modern multi-parameter Fourier analysis and has lectured around the world on his work. He has been a fellow of the Sloan Foundation and in 2009 was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Vernon L. Pack Scholar-in-Residence and Distinguished Lecture Series was established with a $1 million gift from alumnus Vernon L. Pack ’50.
According to its terms, every other year a Distinguished Lecturer will visit the campus to address important current issues that will allow the Otterbein community to reflect on ethical, spiritual and social issues. This program will rotate through the five academic divisions of the University, including arts, professional studies, science and mathematics, humanities and social sciences.
According to its terms, every other year a Distinguished Lecturer will visit campus to reside for up to one academic year as part of the Vernon L. Pack Scholar-in-Residence Series to enrich the educational experiences provided to Otterbein students.