Professor Awarded Distinguished Lecture for Contributions to Mathematics

Linda Allen will deliver her speech at an international conference in Beijing.

Linda Allen

Linda Allen

A professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Mathematics & Statistics is being honored for her contributions to the field of mathematics.

Linda J. S. Allen, the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Mathematics, will be awarded the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture. The name honors Russian mathematician Sonia Kovalevsky, who made significant contributions to the theory of partial differential equations. She was the first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics in modern Europe.

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) give the award jointly to highlight the significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

“I am very honored to have been selected this year to present the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture,” Allen said. “I have been fortunate in working at Texas Tech University for the past 30 years where I have had many opportunities to grow academically in performing research and in directing graduate students.”

Allen is being recognized for outstanding contributions in ordinary differential equations, difference equations and stochastic models, with significant applications in the areas of infectious diseases and ecology.

Her research interests are in applied mathematics, mathematical biology, ordinary differential equations and stochastic processes. Her contributions have impacted the fields of mathematical epidemiology and ecological modeling. Since 1999, Allen has served as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health.

Allen will receive the award at the SIAM Prizes and Awards Luncheon at the eighth International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015) in Beijing, China. The luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the China National Convention Center.

She will deliver her associated prize lecture, “Predicting Population Extinction, Disease Outbreaks and Species Invasions Using Branching Processes,” from 7-8 p.m. Aug. 13 in Ballroom C of the convention center.

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer receives a certificate signed by the Presidents of AWM and SIAM. The award was established in 2002.

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The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.

Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.


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