The Claytor-Woodard Lectures


This hour-long lecture was originally named the Claytor Lecture and was established in 1980 by the National Association of Mathematicians. It was delivered at the Joint Winter Mathematics Meetings in January in honour of William W S Claytor (1908-1967) the first nationally recognized African American research mathematician. Claytor was the third African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics (1933). The lecture was later renamed the Claytor-Woodard Lecture. Dudley Weldon Woodard (1881-1965) was the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics (1928). Woodard established the M.S. degree program in mathematics at Howard University in 1929, guaranteeing Howard's mathematical program as the pinnacle for studying mathematics among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was the thesis supervisor for many of Howard's M.S. degree students, including William Claytor. Each year the National Association of Mathematicians invites a mathematical scientist or educator who exemplifies the spirit of Claytor and Woodard in their concerted efforts to advancing mathematical research for underrepresented American minorities.


Previous Claytor-Woodard Lectures
Meeting: 1980: San Antonio TX Meeting
Lecturer: James E Joseph (Howard University)
Title: Some New Continuity Notions and Applications

Meeting: 1981:
No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

Meeting: 1982:
No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

Meeting: 1983:
No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

Meeting: 1984: Louisville KY Meeting
Lecturer: Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid
Title: Some Applications Using Probability Analysis

Meeting: 1985: Anaheim CA Meeting
Lecturer: David Harold Blackwell (University of California at Berkeley)
Title: Three Applications of Topology to Statistics

Meeting: 1986: New Orleans LA Meeting
Lecturer: J Ernest Wilkins, Jr
Title: Optimization of Extended Surfaces for Heat Transfer

Meeting: 1987: San Antonio TX Meeting
Lecturers: Curtis Clark, Bessie Tucker, and Donald Cole
NAM's Claytor Session of Invited Presentations (Talks 15 Minutes Each)

Meeting: 1988: Atlanta GA Meeting
Lecturer: Wade Ellis, Jr
Title: What Do Your Need To Know For Sure

Meeting: 1989: Phoenix AZ Meeting
Lecturer: James Robinson
Title: Crownover Shifts and Schauder Bases

Meeting: 1990: Louisville KY Meeting
Lecturer: Scott W Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Title: The Box Product Problem

Meeting: 1991: San Francisco CA Meeting
Lecturer: Amassa Fauntleroy
Title: Projective Subspaces of Hermitian Symmetric Spaces

Meeting: 1992: Baltimore MD Meeting
No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

Meeting: 1993: San Antonio TX Meeting
Lecturer: Fern Y Hunt (Howard University)
Title: Approximating the Invariant Measures of Finite Dimensional Maps

Meeting: 1994: Cincinnati, OH Meeting
Lecturer: James C Turner, Jr (Ohio State University, Central State University)
Title: A Novel Approach to Turbulent Modeling

Meeting: 1995: San Francisco CA Meeting
Lecturer: James H Curry (University of Colorado)
Title: Endomorphisms and the Factorization of Polynomials

Meeting: 1996: Orlando FL Meeting
Lecturer: William A Massey (AT&T Bell Laboratories)
Title: The Mathematics of Queuing Networks

Meeting: 1997: San Diego CA Meeting
Lecturer: Carolyn R Mahoney (California State University, San Marcos/MSRI)
Title: Independent Partitions and Independent Set Numbers of Matroids

Meeting: 1998: Baltimore MD Meeting
Lecturer: Joshua Leslie
Title: Lie's 3rd Theorem in Infinite Dimensons

Meeting: 1999: San Antonio TX Meeting
Lecturer: Earl R Barnes (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Title: Maximum Cliques and Minimum Colorings in Graphs

Meeting: 2000: Washington DC Meeting
Lecturer: Floyd Williams (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Title: Notes on Quantum Electrodynamics on a Negatively Curved Surface and the Selberg-Maass Trace Formula

Meeting: 2001: New Orleans LA
Lecturer: Bonita V Saunders (National Institute of Standards and Technology - NIST)
Title: Title unknown

Meeting: 2002: San Diego CA Meeting
Lecturer: Katherine Okikiolu (University of California at San Diego)
Title: Spectral Zeta Functions

Meeting: 2003: Baltimore MD Meeting
Lecturer: Overtoun Jenda (Auburn University)
Title: Gorenstein Injective, Projective, and Flat Modules

Meeting: 2004: Phoenix AZ Meeting
Lecturer: Jonathan David Farley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Title: Captain Carib's Daring Escape, the Linear Extensions of a Ranked Poset, and a Problem of Richard Stanley from 1981

Meeting: 2005: Atlanta GA Meeting
Lecturer: Speaker unknown

Meeting: 2006: San Antonio TX Meeting #1014
Lecturer: Gaston M N'Guerekata (Morgan State University)
Title: A Rebirth of Bochner's Theory of Almost Automorphy of Solutions to Evolution Equations

Meeting: 2007: New Orleans LA Meeting
Lecturer: Nathaniel Whitaker (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Title: Some Mathematical Models for Modeling Blood Flow in the Kidney

Meeting: 2008: San Diego CA Meeting
Lecturer: Scott W Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Title: Box Products 25 Years Later

Meeting: 2009: Washington DC Meeting
Lecturer: Earl R Barnes (Morgan State University)
Title: The Hoffman-Wielandt Inequality Revisited

Meeting: 2010: San Francisco CA Meeting
Lecturer: Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (Howard University)
Title: The Impact of Periodic Proportional Harvesting Policies on TAC-Regulated Fishery Systems

Meeting: 2011: New Orleans LA Meeting #1067
Lecturer: Edray Herber Goins (Purdue University)
Title: Galois representations and L-Series: A Tour Through Mathematics

Meeting: 2012: Boston MA Meeting #1077
Lecturer: Aderemi Oluyomi Kuku (Grambling State University)
Title: Profinite (Continuous) Equivariant Higher Algebraic K-theory for the Action of Algebraic Groups

Meeting: 2013: San Diego CA Meeting
Lecturer: Rudy Lee Horne (Morehouse College)
Title: Stability and Dynamics of Solitary Waves in AlGaAs Waveguide Arrays and BEC Spinor Lattices

Meeting: 2014: Baltimore MD Meeting
Lecturer: Arthur D Grainger (Morgan State University)
Title: On the Structure of SJ

Meeting: 2015: San Antonio TX Meeting
Lecturer: Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)
Statistician's Guide to Becoming Your Body's Expert

Meeting: 2016: Seattle WA Meeting
Lecturer: Tatiana Toro (University of Washington)
Title: Analysis on non-smooth domains

Meeting: 2017: Atlanta GA Meeting
Lecturer: Wilfrid Gangbo (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Title: Paths of minimal lengths on the set of exact differential k-forms

Meeting: 2018: San Diego CA Meeting
Lecturer: Ronald Mickens (Clark Atlanta University)
Title: Nonstandard Finite Difference Schemes: Impact, Importance, and Dynamical Consistency

Meeting: 2019: Baltimore MD Meeting
Lecturer: Henok Mawi (Howard University)
Title: On Mathematical Problems in Geometric Optics


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