Associate Professor of Mathematics Susan H. Marshall and Associate Professor of Management and Decision Sciences Donald R. Smith were awarded a Carl B. Allendoerfer Award by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for their article, “Feedback, Control, and the Distribution of Prime Numbers,” at MAA’s annual summer meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 7, 2014. The award is given for articles of expository excellence published in Mathematics Magazine.
In the article, Marshall and Smith describe an unusual application of the feedback and control technique from mathematical modeling to a classical mystery of number theory, the distribution of prime numbers.
In addition, Marshall received a Halmos-Ford Award for her paper, co-authored by Alexander Perlis (LSU), “Heronian Tetrahedra Are Lattice Tetrahedra,” published in American Mathematical Monthly in February 2013. In the paper, Marshall and Perlis extend a result about Heronian triangles into three dimensions.
“Kudos to Dr. Marshall,” said Michael Palladino, dean of the School of Science. “She joins a select group of scholars who have won two major awards at MAA’s conference.”
Palladino added, “Their work is a terrific example of how two scholars from different disciplines-math and business-can collaborate and make a valued scholarly contribution recognized by others.”
Dean of the Leon Hess Business School Don Moliver agreed, “Dr. Marshall and Dr. Smith’s collaborative research is innovative. I am delighted they are being recognized for their outstanding scholarship.”
Established in 1976, the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award is named after a distinguished mathematician at the University of Washington and former president of the MAA.
Originally known as the Ford Award, the Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award was established in 1964, and was named for distinguished mathematician Lester R. Ford. In 2012, the name was changed to honor the award support provided by the Halmost family and Paul R. Halmost, another distinguished mathematician and American Mathematical Monthly editor.