On Tuesday May 19 Dr. Gerald Beer, the 2009 recipient of the President’s Distinguished Professor Award gave a lecture to the campus community entitled “Random Thoughts of a Mathematician.” A reception followed the lecture in honor of Beer. “This award represents a combination of careers here,” said Beer “It is a very meaningful award to me. I appreciate the confidence they have in me.”
Beer has been a professor of mathematics at CSULA since 1971; he also has held the position of Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for more than 12 years. In his position as FAR Beer works closely with coaches, and provides guidance to student-athletes. Beer is the senior FAR in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. In that capacity, he certifies the eligibility of all student athletes and represents the University at CCAA and NCAA meetings.
Since, coming to CSULA Beer has received numerous awards and recognition on behalf of the University. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award, General Education Honors, Program Professor of the Year Award, and also the faculty prize for Distinguished Teaching Assistants at UCLA.
Gerry, as his colleagues call him, is the author of “Topologies on Closed Convex Set,” one of the best-known texts in the field. Beer has also authored over 100 articles in referreed journals, including publications in The Journal of American Mathematical Society, and The American Mathematical Monthly, one of most the widely read journals in the U.S.
Beer has been an invited speaker in many different parts of the world, including France, Italy, and Morocco. He will soon be enjoying the summer working with the athletics department.
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