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Mathematician Goldstein Will Receive Highest Faculty Honor
For release: April 14, 2006
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An internationally renowned mathematician has been named the recipient of the 2006 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award at the University of Memphis. Dr. Jerome A. Goldstein, a professor of mathematical sciences, will receive the $20,000 award during the University's annual Faculty Convocation at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.

The award recognizes exceptional and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative achievement, teaching, and service and bringing recognition to the University. A recipient must have been employed at the University for at least five years to be considered for the award.

Goldstein is recognized throughout the world as one of the leading experts in semigroup theory. His book on linear subgroups is regarded as the definitive resource on applications of linear semigroups to physics, engineering, and biology.

His contributions to mathematical research are far broader than just his work on semigroups. Goldstein had made vital contributions to the fields of partial differential equations, mathematical physics, and functional analysis as well. Colleagues from many nations attended a 2001 conference was held in Germany to honor his contributions to mathematics.

Goldstein, who joined the U of M faculty in 1996, has received numerous honors. In 2004 he was awarded a Dunavant Professorship. He received the U of M Alumni Association's Distinguished Research Award in 2002.

His enthusiasm for mathematics has made him successful with students as well. He has directed 25 Ph.D. theses. During his tenure as chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, he created a second major in math for students in the Herff College of Engineering. This innovation increased the number of students in upper division courses and helped many engineering students obtain support for graduate study.

Goldstein earned his bachelor's and advanced degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. He taught at Tulane University, where he was promoted to professor and served as department chairman. Has been a visiting professor at such outstanding universities as Stanford in California as well as universities in Brazil, England, Austria, Scotland, Germany, and Italy.

"Jerry is a researcher of international renown and an outstanding teacher and thesis director," wrote a fellow professor in her recommendation. "His service to the mathematical community at all levels – locally, nationally and internationally – is extraordinary."

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