St. Paul, Minn. – The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) honored Professor David Bressoud for meritorious service and exemplary writing in January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world’s largest gathering of mathematicians.

Bressoud is the recipient of the prestigious Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. He is recognized for distinguished service in the mathematical community particularly for his influential leadership in exploring the role of calculus in U.S. schools.

Past president of the MAA and DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester, Bressoud works in number theory, combinatorics, and analysis and is particularly interested in the history of mathematics and how to use it in teaching mathematics. His many textbooks include Factorization and Primality TestingSecond Year Calculus from Celestial Mechanics to Special RelativityA Radical Approach to Real Analysis (now in 2nd edition), A Radical Approach to Lebesgue’s Theory of IntegrationProofs and Confirmation: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture, and, with Mathematics Professor Emeritus Stan Wagon, A Course in Computational Number Theory.

Bressoud has a rich career that spans research, education, and mathematical communication. Among his many positions, he has chaired the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, the MAA Second Century Campaign, the College Board AP Calculus Development Committee, and he currently serves as director for the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences.

January 3 2018

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