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Steen named an American Mathematical Society fellow

By Kevin George '13
December 25, 2012

St. Olaf College Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Lynn Steen has been named an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

The organization, which is comprised of more than 30,000 members, is the preeminent mathematical society in the world. The fellows program recognizes members who have "made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics."

Steen was a member of the mathematics faculty at St. Olaf from 1965 to his retirement in 2009. During his tenure with the college, Steen penned a groundbreaking report for the National Research Council on the challenges facing mathematics education in the United States. He also served as president of the Mathematical Association of America and director of the Math Sciences Education Board, a National Academy of Sciences entity that works on improving math education.

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