Background Information

In 1980, I received a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard College, and in 1981 earned an M.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University. I then returned to Harvard and taught in the Mathematics Department as a Senior Preceptor, from 1981-1987. During this time, I also taught math and computer science courses at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Summer School, and Extension School. In addition, I was responsible for administering the Quantitative Reasining Requirement of Harvard's Core Curriculum, in which every undergraduate had to show proficiency in basic statistics and simple computer programming. In 1985, Prof. Harry Lewis and I jointly designed and implemented computer programs for the Macintosh (which had just been brought to market, and had a novel user-interface -- a mouse!) to teach multivariable calculus. I was also employed part-time as a systems programmer for Dragon Systems, working on speech-recognition products for personal computers.

In 1987, I joined the faculties of Haverford and Bryn Mawr, working part-time at each institution teaching courses in computer science. In 1990, I moved into the Mathematics Department at Haverford full-time, and since then have served as Department Chair twice.

My interest in underrepresented groups in science led me to become the director of the Multicultural Scholars Program, which was started by Slavica Matacic over 20 years ago. As an outgrowth of this interest, in the summer of 2006 I directed (with lots of help from faculty, deans, staff and students!) the five-week Haverford Summer Science Institute.