Loeb Lectures

About the Colloquia

Through her intellect and generosity, Carol Loeb has impacted an untold number of students at all levels of education. (Photo credit: Joe Angeles)

In 2001, Carol B. Loeb and Jerome T. Loeb established the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Colloquium at Washington University. This includes two lectures: The Loeb Undergraduate Lecture in Mathematics and The Loeb Research Lecture in Mathematics.

A mathematician, Carol Loeb serves on the School of Medicine’s National Council and is a Life Member of the Washington University Danforth Circle Dean’s Level.  For her dedication to teaching, Carol Loeb has received the DuPont Foundation Scholarship for Excellence in Teaching as well as a Danforth Foundation grant to train educators in enrichment mathematics. In 2010, she received the Dare to Lead Award from the International Leadership Network. 

Jerome Loeb, former chairman of the May Department Stores Co., died in 2004. 

In 2003, the couple established the Loeb Teaching Fellows Program at the School of Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In 2004, they endowed the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professorship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Loebs also established the Loeb Prize for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics at the St. Louis Science Center. In 2009, Carol Loeb created a Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University.

About Carol Loeb

Read the article about Carol Loeb in the October 2011 edition of Washington Magazine.

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Past Events

Past Loeb Undergraduate Lectures in Mathematics

Persi Diaconis (Stanford University), Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics & Mathematics; Adding Numbers and Shuffling Cards; February 21, 2018. Host: Rachel Roberts

Erica Flapan (Pomona College), Topological and Geometric Symmetries of Molecular Structures; March 22, 2017. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Robert Devaney (Boston University), The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set; February 25, 2016. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College), Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics, and President of the Mathematical Association of AmericaVoting in Agreeable Societies; March 19, 2015.  Host: Ron Freiwald. 

Melanie Matchett Wood (University of Wisconsin),  The Chemistry of Primes; April 10, 2014.  Host: Ron Freiwald.

Richard De Veaux (Williams College),  Data Mining: Under the Hood; March 28, 2013.  Host: Ron Freiwald.

Alice Silverberg  (University of California at Irvine), Cryptography and Elliptic Curves; April 4, 2012.  Host: Ron Freiwald. 

Ruth Charney (Brandeis University), From Robotics to Geometry; March, 10, 2011. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Martin Golubitsky (Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University),  Symmetries and Animal Gaits; April, 22, 2010. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Ravi Vakil (Stanford University), The Mathematics of Doodling ; April, 2, 2009. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Karen E. Smith  (University of Michigan), Algebraic geometry from antiquity to the cutting edge of modern mathematics; March, 27, 2007. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Carolyn Gordon (Dartmouth College),  You Can't Hear the Shape of a Drum; April, 17, 2006. Host: Ron Freiwald.

Richard Laugesen (University of Illinois), The Power and Beauty of Undergraduate Mathematics: Two Case Studies; March, 24, 2005.

Thomas Banchoff  (Brown University), What do "Flatland", "A Wrinkle in Time", and the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali have in common?; April 21, 2004. Host: Quo-Shin Chi.

Past Loeb Research Lectures in Mathematics

Ed George (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Lecture on November 3, 2011 & Seminar on November 4, 2011.  Host: Nan Lin. 

Richard Stanley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), A survey of alternating permutations; October, 28, 2010. Host: John Shareshian.

Michael Aschbacher (California Institute of Technology), Modern Permutation Group Theory; September, 25, 2008. Host: Al Baernstein.

Lucien Szpiro (The City University of New York), The Theory of Heights; April 20, 2004. Host: N. Mohan Kumar.

Rick Miranda (Colorado State University), Multiplicity conditions on plane curves; April 7, 2003. Host: N. Mohan Kumar.

Karen Smith (University of Michigan), On Sections of Line Bundles and Cores of Ideals; March 14, 2002. Host: David Wright.

Craig Huneke (University of Kansas-Lawrence), A history of the use of characteristic p in commutative algebra; March 1, 2001.  Host: N. Mohan Kumar.

Upcoming Colloquia

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