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Mathematical Association of America Honors Members with Service Awards

Washington, DC (July 27th, 2020) Mathematical Association of America members receive service awards for their contribution to the field of mathematics and to the Association. We are pleased to announce the 2020 award recipients for the Meritorious Service Award.


Meritorious Service

The Certificate of Meritorious Service is to be presented for service at the national level or for service to a Section of the Association. The 2020 award winners include Tamara Lakins, Ezra (Bud) Brown, Thomas Hagedorn, Lisa Mantini, and Shawnee McMurran.

About the Award Winners

Tamara Lakins- Dr. Tamara Lakins is Professor of Mathematics at Allegheny College where she has taught since 1995. “I am thankful for the many friends I have made over the years while serving the Allegheny Mountain Section, and I look forward to continuing these friendships, and professional relationships for years to come!”

Ezra (Bud) Brown- Dr. Ezra Brown grew up in New Orleans, has degrees from Rice and LSU, taught at Virginia Tech for 48 years, and recently retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. “It has been a privilege and a joy to serve in our community, and I have gotten much more out of the MAA and our section than I have put into them: friendships, colleagues, and mainly people who share your views about mathematics and education. Finally, what’s so special about the MAA in general and the MD-DC-VA Section in particular? Simply put, you meet the nicest people there.”

Thomas Hagedorn- Dr. Thomas Hagedorn is Professor of Mathematics at The College of New Jersey, where he has taught since 1996. “Over the years, the MAA has continued to be influential in my professional development and I have sought to pay it forward to others through my service. I thank the wonderful members of the New Jersey section and the MAA for making my service so enjoyable through all these years.”

Lisa Mantini- Dr. Lisa Mantini received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and an AM and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University. She taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty of Oklahoma State University in 1985. “I am surprised, honored, and very pleased to have been recognized with the 2020 Meritorious Service Award. My association with the MAA, both at the national level and with the Oklahoma-Arkansas Section, has led to opportunities to develop professionally and personally, new relationships, new ideas, and many happy memories.”

Shawnee McMurran- Dr. Shawn McMurran is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at California State University San Bernardino. “Working with the MAA, both within my section and nationally, has always been a pleasure. I’m grateful to all who have welcomed me into the MAA fold and provided friendship and collegiality throughout these many years. This Certificate of Meritorious Service is really a testament to the team effort put forth by all of us.”

"The individuals we honor represent the spirit of community that is at the heart of MAA," said Michael Pearson, executive director of MAA. "Their willingness to give of their time, energy, and expertise to benefit their Sections and beyond serves as a fresh reminder of why the MAA remains so close to my heart."

"The individuals we honor represent the spirit of community that is at the heart of MAA."

Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA