Three UMass Amherst Faculty Members Receive Recogniton, Undertake Outreach Activities

AMHERST, Mass. - Several University of Massachusetts faculty members have recently received recognition and been involved in outreach activities. They are as follows:

Franz Pedit, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Geometric Analysis Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The three-year grant will support Pedit’s work on the geometry of surfaces, loop groups, and integrable systems. Pedit conducts this research in collaboration with professor Joseph Dorfmeister of the University of Kansas.

Robert Kusner, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, recently lectured at Stanford University, the University of Arizona, and Rutgers University. Kusner specializes in the geometric analysis of surfaces such as soap films and bubbles. Other projects focus on topology, such as knots and links. This research is useful in studying long polymer chains and DNA strands. Kusner, who spent the past two months at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, Calif., is spending the spring semester at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

Rodney Warnick, associate professor in the hotel, restaurant and travel administration department, conducted a marketing workshop for more than 60 golf management professionals at the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) education workshop series in January in Orlando, Fla. Continuing education and accreditation workshops are conducted on an annual basis for professional golf managers prior to the annual PGA merchandise show.