Statistics professor named Fulbright Scholar, working in Nigeria
The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad every year, and this year Felix Famoye, CMU professor of mathematics, was chosen as one of those 800.
The Council for International Exchange of Scholars assists in administering this program to allow professionals to lecture and conduct research throughout other parts of the world. Famoye applied and was awarded the chance to work in Nigeria.
"My area of research has applications in different areas," says Famoye, who conducts research in areas related to statistical consulting, statistical data analysis and sample design. "I anticipate that the models will have applications in different local settings in Nigeria."
Famoye is the first CST professor to receive a Fulbright award.
While traveling to Africa to do research is a great opportunity, it is not without its challenges. Famoye has limited resources, and the programs needed to do certain types of research are not always available.
"I have been more successful with teaching than with research," Famoye says. "My research is affected by the non-availability of statistical software that is very critical to my work."
As he overcomes these obstacles to make new research discoveries, Famoye lectures in two master's courses and also is teaching a doctoral course and giving reading courses to four doctoral students.
Famoye gives credit to his experiences in research and teaching at CMU for his past and current endeavors.
"Almost all of my accomplishments have been at CMU," Famoye says. "I work with great colleagues in the department and they have been very supportive throughout the years."
His past accomplishments include the CMU President's Award for Research and two teaching awards. Famoye will continue his research and teaching at the University of Lagos in Nigeria in order to return with new data to analyze.
Efforts add up: Professors recognized for work in mathematics
The Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America recently recognized two CMU faculty for their work and dedication to mathematics.
Mathematics professor emeritus Richard J. Fleming received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award and mathematics associate professor Lisa DeMeyer received the 2008-2009 Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
As a former officer to the executive board of the section, Fleming committed three years as vice chair and program committee chair, section chair and past chair.
"I'm particularly pleased about the year I was vice chair," Fleming says. "We had a 50th Anniversary Tri-Section Meeting, and it was only the second time these three sections – Michigan, Indiana and Illinois – met together since back in 1943. It was great to be a part of that."
DeMeyer was recognized for her work as mentor and teacher for both graduate and undergraduate students. This is one of numerous awards she has received throughout her career as a mathematician.
DeMeyer is particularly proud of her work in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program for the past three summers, where she serves as a faculty advisor assisting students in research.
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.