Claytor-Woodard Lecture


What is the "Claytor-Woodard" Lecture?

The Claytor-Woodard Lecture was inaugurated in 1980 in honor of the second and third African-Americans to earn the doctoral degree in mathematics.

  • Dudley Weldon Woodard (1881 -- 1965) was the second; he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in 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 (HBCUs). He was the thesis supervisor for many of Howard's M.S. degree students, including Claytor.
  • William Waldron Schieffelin Claytor (1908 -- 1967) was the third; he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in 1933. In 1929-30, Claytor was the most promising student in the inaugural year of Woodard's new graduate mathematics program at Howard. Fresh from earning his Ph.D. at Penn, Woodard recommended Claytor for admission to Penn's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Claytor would be the first African American to publish mathematics research.

Each year NAM invites a mathematical scientist or educator who exemplifies the spirit of Claytor and Woodard in their concerted efforts to advance mathematical research for underrepresented American minorities. The hour-long address takes place during the Joint Mathematics Meetings.

Suggest the Next Claytor-Woodard Lecturer!

We welcome nominations for future Claytor-Woodard Lecturers! Please consider the following criteria:

  • Claytor-Woodard Lecturers should be outstanding researchers in the mathematical sciences.
  • Speakers should be prepared to present a research talk to a general audience.
  • We prefer speakers who have not given a Claytor-Woodard Lecture in the past.
  • We seek a diversity of speakers. Please remember that our intended audience will feature a diversity of race/ethnicity, gender, age, and subject matter.

E-mail your nominations here:

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Past Claytor-Woodard Lectures

2021: Washington D.C. Meeting

Chelsea Walton (Rice University)

An invitation to Noncommutative Algebra

2020: Denver CO Meeting #1154

Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

A numerical and analytical study of dynamic materials

2019: Baltimore MD Meeting #1145

Henok Mawi (Howard University)

On Mathematical Problems in Geometric Optics

2018: San Diego CA Meeting #1135

Ronald Mickens (Clark Atlanta University)

Nonstandard Finite Difference Schemes: Impact, Importance, and Dynamical Consistency

2017: Atlanta GA Meeting #1125

Wilfrid Gangbo (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Paths of minimal lengths on the set of exact differential k-forms

2016: Seattle WA Meeting #1116

Tatiana Toro (University of Washington)

Analysis on non-smooth domains

2015: San Antonio TX Meeting #1106

Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)

Statistician's Guide to Becoming Your Body's Expert

2014: Baltimore MD Meeting #1096

Arthur D. Grainger (Morgan State University)

On the Structure of β SJ

2013: San Diego CA Meeting #1086

Rudy Lee Horne (Morehouse College)

Stability and Dynamics of Solitary Waves in AlGaAs Waveguide Arrays and BEC Spinor Lattices

2012: Boston MA Meeting #1077

Aderemi Oluyomi Kuku (Grambling State University)

Profinite (Continuous) Equivariant Higher Algebraic K-theory for the Action of Algebraic Groups

2011: New Orleans LA Meeting #1067

Edray Herber Goins (Purdue University)

Galois representations and L-Series: A Tour Through Mathematics

2010: San Francisco CA Meeting #1056

Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (Howard University)

The Impact of Periodic Proportional Harvesting Policies on TAC-Regulated Fishery Systems

2009: Washington DC Meeting #1046

Earl R. Barnes (Morgan State University)

The Hoffman-Wielandt Inequality Revisited

2008: San Diego CA Meeting #1035

Scott W. Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Box Products 25 Years Later

2007: New Orleans LA Meeting #1023

Nathaniel Whitaker (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Some Mathematical Models for Modeling Blood Flow in the Kidney

2006: San Antonio TX Meeting #1014

Gaston M. N'Guerekata (Morgan State University)

A Rebirth of Bochner's Theory of Almost Automorphy of Solutions to Evolution Equations

2005: Atlanta GA Meeting #1003

Speaker unknown

2004: Phoenix AZ Meeting #993

Jonathan David Farley (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Captain Carib's Daring Escape, the Linear Extensions of a Ranked Poset, and a Problem of Richard Stanley from 1981

2003: Baltimore MD Meeting #983

Overtoun Jenda (Auburn University)

Gorenstein Injective, Projective, and Flat Modules

2002: San Diego CA Meeting #973

Katherine Okikiolu (University of California at San Diego)

Spectral Zeta Functions

2001: New Orleans LA

Bonita V. Saunders (National Institute of Standards and Technology -- NIST)


2000: Washington DC Meeting #950

Floyd Williams (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Notes on Quantum Electrodynamics on a Negatively Curved Surface and the Selberg-Maass Trace Formula

1999: San Antonio TX Meeting #939

Earl R. Barnes (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Maximum Cliques and Minimum Colorings in Graphs

1998: Baltimore MD Meeting #930

Joshua Leslie

Lie's 3rd Theorem in Infinite Dimensons

1997: San Diego CA Meeting #918

Carolyn R. Mahoney (California State University, San Marcos/MSRI)

Independent Partitions and Independent Set Numbers of Matroids

1996: Orlando FL Meeting #908

William A. Massey (AT&T Bell Laboratories)

The Mathematics of Queuing Networks

1995: San Francisco CA Meeting #897

James H. Curry (University of Colorado)

Endomorphisms and the Factorization of Polynomials

1994: Cincinnati, OH Meeting #889

James C. Turner, Jr. (Ohio State University, Central State University)

A Novel Approach to Turbulent Modeling

1993: San Antonio TX Meeting #878

Fern Y. Hunt (Howard University)

Approximating the Invariant Measures of Finite Dimensional Maps

1992: Baltimore MD Meeting #871

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

1991: San Francisco CA Meeting #863

Amassa Fauntleroy

Projective Subspaces of Hermitian Symmetric Spaces

1990: Louisville KY Meeting #854

Scott W. Williams (State University of New York at Buffalo)

The Box Product Problem

1989: Phoenix AZ Meeting #847

James Robinson

Crownover Shifts and Schauder Bases

1988: Atlanta GA Meeting #?

Wade Ellis, Jr.

What Do Your Need To Know For Sure

1987: San Antonio TX Meeting #?

Curtis Clark, Bessie Tucker, and Donald Cole

NAM's Claytor Session of Invited Presentations (Talks 15 Minutes Each)

1986: New Orleans LA Meeting #?

J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr.

Optimization of Extended Surfaces for Heat Transfer

1985: Anaheim CA Meeting #?

David Harold Blackwell (University of California at Berkeley)

Three Applications of Topology to Statistics

1984: Louisville KY Meeting #?

Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid

Some Applications Using Probability Analysis

1983: Meeting #?

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

1982: Meeting #?

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

1981: Meeting #?

No Claytor-Woodard Lecture

1980: San Antonio TX Meeting #?

James E. Joseph (Howard University)

Some New Continuity Notions and Applications