FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Lowell Beineke, Schrey Professor of Mathematics at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), is one of the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Certificate for Meritorious Service from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Beineke was cited for his decades of service to the Mathematical Association of America and its Indiana Section, and also for his term as editor of the College Mathematics Journal.
From the MAA citation honoring Beineke: "Dr. Lowell Beineke has been one of Indiana Section’s most committed leaders and has always been willing to lead the section and to support other individuals as they work for the section. At the national level, Lowell’s service as editor of the College Mathematics Journal has impacted both the MAA and the entire mathematics community. Lowell’s hard work maintained the journal’s high standards. Lowell has served his department as a superbly effective classroom teacher, receiving the Indiana Section’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997."
"It is not easy, in fact it is impossible, for me to express in words my reaction to receiving this award. Nor can I begin to thank even a small fraction of those individuals who helped me into and through my career in mathematics," said Beineke. "My active involvement in the Indiana Section began early in my career at IPFW when my department head suggested that I give a talk at a Section meeting. Both the national organization and the Indiana Section have been an important part of my academic life, and I am indeed honored to be representing the members of the Indiana Section."
Beineke has worked at IPFW since earning a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1965. His undergraduate study was at Purdue University. He is author of over a hundred papers in graph theory; the eighth book that he has edited with Robin Wilson appeared in 2012. He served as editor of the College Mathematics Journal from 2004 to 2008. He has presented papers and attended workshops in India, Japan, China, Thailand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Egypt, as well as a number of European countries. While on sabbatical, he has three times been a Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College at Oxford University (UK).
Beineke has been the recipient of numerous honors, including being the first person to receive both the Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Service Awards from the MAA, Indiana Section. He has received both the Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Research Awards from IPFW, and has been admitted into Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers. IPFW has named two awards after Beineke: the L. W. Beineke Scholarship for undergraduate mathematics majors, and the L. W. Beineke Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Liberal Arts and Sciences, a service award for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The other 2014 recipients of the Certificate for Meritorious Service are Stan Chadick, Northwestern State University, Louisiana; Aparna Higgins, University of Dayton, Ohio; and Tina Straley, Kennesaw State University, Georgia. These and other national awards from the Mathematical Association of America, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society were presented in a ceremony at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Jan. 16, 2014.