Claytor-Woodard Lecture

      

What is the "Claytor-Woodard" Lecture?

The Claytor-Woodard Lecture was inaugurated in 1980 in honor of the second and third African-Americans to earn the doctoral degree in mathematics.

  • Dudley Weldon Woodard (1881 -- 1965) was the second; he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in 1928. Woodard established the M.S. degree program in mathematics at Howard University in 1929, guaranteeing Howard's mathematical program as the pinnacle for studying mathematics among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He was the thesis supervisor for many of Howard's M.S. degree students, including Claytor.
  • William Waldron Schieffelin Claytor (1908 -- 1967) was the third; he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in 1933. In 1929-30, Claytor was the most promising student in the inaugural year of Woodard's new graduate mathematics program at Howard. Fresh from earning his Ph.D. at Penn, Woodard recommended Claytor for admission to Penn's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Claytor would be the first African American to publish mathematics research.

Each year NAM invites a mathematical scientist or educator who exemplifies the spirit of Claytor and Woodard in their concerted efforts to advancing mathematical research for underrepresented American minorities. The hour-long address takes place during the Joint Mathematics Meetings.


Suggest the Next Claytor-Woodard Lecturer!

We welcome nominations for future Claytor-Woodard Lecturers! Please consider the following criteria:

  • Claytor-Woodard Lecturers should be outstanding researchers in the mathematical sciences.
  • Speakers should be prepared to present a research talk to a general audience.
  • We prefer speakers who have not given a Claytor-Woodard Lecture in the past.
  • We seek a diversity of speakers. Please remember that our intended audience will feature a diversity of race/ethnicity, gender, age, and subject matter.

E-mail your nominations here:

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Past Claytor-Woodard Lectures


2017: Atlanta GA Meeting #1125

Wilfrid Gangbo (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Paths of minimal lengths on the set of exact differential k-forms


2016: Seattle WA Meeting #1116

Tatiana Toro (University of Washington)

Analysis on non-smooth domains


2015: San Antonio TX Meeting #1106

Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)

Statistician's Guide to Becoming Your Body's Expert


2014: Baltimore MD Meeting #1096

Arthur D. Grainger (Morgan State University)

On the Structure of β SJ


2013: San Diego CA Meeting #1086

Rudy Lee Horne (Morehouse College)

Stability and Dynamics of Solitary Waves in AlGaAs Waveguide Arrays and BEC Spinor Lattices


2012: Boston MA Meeting #1077

Aderemi Oluyomi Kuku (Grambling State University)

Profinite (Continuous) Equivariant Higher Algebraic K-theory for the Action of Algebraic Groups


2011: New Orleans LA Meeting #1067

Edray Herber Goins (Purdue University)

Galois representations and L-Series: A Tour Through Mathematics


2010: San Francisco CA Meeting #1056

Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (Howard University)

The Impact of Periodic Proportional Harvesting Policies on TAC-Regulated Fishery Systems


2009: Washington DC Meeting #1046

Earl R. Barnes (Morgan State University)

The Hoffman-Wielandt Inequality Revisited


2008: San Diego CA Meeting #1035

Scott W. Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Box Products 25 Years Later


2007: New Orleans LA Meeting #1023

Nathaniel Whitaker (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Some Mathematical Models for Modeling Blood Flow in the Kidney


2006: San Antonio TX Meeting #1014

Gaston M. N'Guerekata (Morgan State University)

A Rebirth of Bochner's Theory of Almost Automorphy of Solutions to Evolution Equations


2005: Atlanta GA Meeting #1003

Speaker unknown


2004: Phoenix AZ Meeting #993

Jonathan David Farley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Captain Carib's Daring Escape, the Linear Extensions of a Ranked Poset, and a Problem of Richard Stanley from 1981


2003: Baltimore MD Meeting #983

Overtoun Jenda (Auburn University)

Gorenstein Injective, Projective, and Flat Modules


2002: San Diego CA Meeting #973

Katherine Okikiolu (University of California at San Diego)

Spectral Zeta Functions


2001: New Orleans LA

Bonita V. Saunders (National Institute of Standards and Technology -- NIST)

TBA


2000: Washington DC Meeting #950

Floyd Williams (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Notes on Quantum Electrodynamics on a Negatively Curved Surface and the Selberg-Maass Trace Formula


1999: San Antonio TX Meeting #939

Earl R. Barnes (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Maximum Cliques and Minimum Colorings in Graphs


1998: Baltimore MD Meeting #930

Joshua Leslie

Lie's 3rd Theorem in Infinite Dimensons


1997: San Diego CA Meeting #918

Carolyn R. Mahoney (California State University, San Marcos/MSRI)

Independent Partitions and Independent Set Numbers of Matroids


1996: Orlando FL Meeting #908

William A. Massey (AT&T Bell Laboratories)

The Mathematics of Queuing Networks


1995: San Francisco CA Meeting #897

James H. Curry (University of Colorado)

Endomorphisms and the Factorization of Polynomials


1994: Cincinnati, OH Meeting #889

James C. Turner, Jr. (Ohio State University, Central State University)

A Novel Approach to Turbulent Modeling


1993: San Antonio TX Meeting #878

Fern Y. Hunt (Howard University)

Approximating the Invariant Measures of Finite Dimensional Maps


1992: Baltimore MD Meeting #871

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture


1991: San Francisco CA Meeting #863

Amassa Fauntleroy

Projective Subspaces of Hermitian Symmetric Spaces


1990: Louisville KY Meeting #854

Scott W. Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)

The Box Product Problem


1989: Phoenix AZ Meeting #847

James Robinson

Crownover Shifts and Schauder Bases


1988: Atlanta GA Meeting #?

Wade Ellis, Jr.

What Do Your Need To Know For Sure


1987: San Antonio TX Meeting #?

Curtis Clark, Bessie Tucker, and Donald Cole

NAM's Claytor Session of Invited Presentations (Talks 15 Minutes Each)


1986: New Orleans LA Meeting #?

J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.

Optimization of Extended Surfaces for Heat Transfer


1985: Anaheim CA Meeting #?

David Harold Blackwell (University of California at Berkeley)

Three Applications of Topology to Statistics


1984: Louisville KY Meeting #?

Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid

Some Applications Using Probability Analysis


1983: Meeting #?

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture


1982: Meeting #?

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture


1981: Meeting #?

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture


1980: San Antonio TX Meeting #?

James E. Joseph (Howard University)

Some New Continuity Notions and Applications