2002 Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Distinguished Service Award
Stephan C. Carlson
The Indiana Section Distinguished Service Award was initiated in 1993
to honor a member of the Section by acknowledging his or her extraordinary
contributions to the Section and outstanding efforts consistent with the
stated purposes of the Mathematical Association of America and the Section,
namely, assisting in promoting the interests of, and improving education
in, the mathematical sciences in America, especially at the collegiate
This year's recipient began to have an impact on the Indiana Section
almost as soon as he moved into the section in 1989. Within two
years, he had been elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the section and while
holding this office was a key organizer of the now infamous Tri-section
meeting of 1993.
Steve Carlson, who we honor tonight as the tenth winner of our Distinguished
Service Award, has also served the Section as Chair and is our current
Governor. With this service, Steve has devoted over ten years to
helping lead our section. During that time, he has also served on
the MAA's committee on sections and has been instrumental in helping that
group become more proactive and responsive to section needs. No
one is more committed to the section organization of the MAA than he is.
Steve specializes in topology, and his recent book "Topology of Surfaces,
Knots, and Manifolds: A First Undergraduate Course" clearly demonstrates
his love for the subject and his ability to write with our undergraduates
in mind. This reader friendly and intuitive look at topology draws
attention to Steve's concern for his students.
Congratulations to Steve Carlson -- our colleague and friend and the
recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Service Award.
Krystina Leganza, Chair
Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
March 22, 2002
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