Thomas F. Banchoff
NSF Award Recognition: NSF 2004 Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Research Contributions: Dr. Banchoff's research has influenced the fields of geometry and topology. He has published 90 articles, primarily in geometry, topology, and computer graphics in teaching and research. He has been the G. Leonard Baker Visiting Professor at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor at the Geometry Center at the University of Minnesota, the University of Notre Dame, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Liverpool. He shared the Lester Ford Award for mathematical exposition, and was awarded the Joseph Priestly Medallion from Dickinson College. He has received honorary doctorates from Fairfield University and from Rhode Island College. Dr. Banchoff served as President of the Mathematical Association of American, chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, and chair of the Conference Board for the Mathematical Sciences. He is the author of "Beyond the Third Dimension", which has been translated into five languages, and co-author (with John Wermer) of "Linear Algebra Through Geometry" translated into Japanese and Greek. He was the Walter H. Annenberg Distinguished Professor of the Year at Brown University in 1998.

Educational Contributions: Dr. Banchoff pioneered the use of computer-generated films, videotapes, and slides in mathematical expositions and classroom instruction, primarily in the differential geometry of curves and surfaces and in multivariable calculus. He has written more than a dozen pedagogical articles describing the use of computer graphics in teaching and research. The computer animated film he co- produced (with computer scientist Charles Strauss) "The Hypercube: Projections and Slicing," was winner of the Prix de la Recherche Fondamentale at the Festival of Scientific and Technical Films in Brussells. As a Carnegie Fellow, he is the co-author of a chapter in a collection of Disciplinary Styles of Teaching and Learning published by the Carnegie Foundation. He received the Philip Bray Award for Distinguished Teaching of Science and Mathematics at Brown University; the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA); and the National MAA Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was a Pew Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation and was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2000.

Director's Award Project: The goal of Dr. Banchoff's project is to disseminate widely Interactive Internet-Based Teaching and Learning in Mathematics, an original approach to undergraduate mathematics instruction that he has developed. Through a series of summer projects and activities at national meetings, he aims to make the approach more adaptable and scalable, for use in courses for mathematics majors, for science students, for liberal arts students, and for teacher training programs.

from NSF Event, June 2, 2004 Program