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Native Research Lecture scheduled at UTTC
11 January 2008

      Dr. Robert Megginson (Lakota), University of Michigan, is the guest lecturer for January in the United Tribes Native Research Lecture Series.

      Megginson will present the talk "2+2=Indian: The Math Path to Self-Determination," at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 17, in the lower level of the college's Jack Barden Center.

      The event is sponsored by the college's Office of Research and is open to the public.

Session Description:

      Much of Dr. Megginson's interest and time have been absorbed by the problem of the serious under representation of minorities in mathematics. One of only about a dozen Native Americans who are known to hold doctorates in mathematics, Megginson has served on and chaired numerous professional and national committees that address this problem. Dr. Megginson will discuss some of the implications of this under representation and the advantages of math-based American Indian graduates.

Presenter Description:

      Dr. Megginson received his bachelor's degree in Physics, Master's degree in Statistics and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. He currently serves as Professor of Mathematics and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Education at the University of Michigan. He has served as assistant director of Project Kaleidoscope and as an advisor to many programs of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In addition to his committee and other advisory work on the under representation problem, he has also spent much time working directly with students of color to help them succeed in mathematically-based fields. Since 1992, he has helped design and has worked every summer in programs for pre-college students at Turtle Mountain Community College. For his record of mentoring students of color and other work on under representation, Dr. Megginson was one of ten individuals who were honored to receive the 1997 U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Megginson is the recipient many other awards including AISES' 1999 Ely S. Parker Award, given each year to one Native American scientist, mathematician, or engineer for lifetime service to the Native American community and contributions to his or her field of study.

      For more information contact Dr. Cheryl Long Feather 701-255-3285 x 1491, clongeather@uttc.edu.


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