Dr. Richard A. Tapia, recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers, will deliver the 24th Annual Carl and Fanny Fribolin Lecture Friday, May 4 at Keuka College.
One of the highlights of May Day Weekend, Tapia will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel. It is free and open to the public.
The lecture series carries the names of Geneva resident Carl Fribolin, an emeritus member of the College’s Board of Trustees and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2004, and his late wife.
“Richard is very well known for his major academic achievements and contributions to the advancement of mathematics, particularly computational math, but he is also a giant in diversifying these academic fields, that are notoriously lacking in this regard,” said Keuka President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “He is credited with bringing ethnic minorities and women into computing and related fields in substantial numbers and with great successes at the Ph.D. level. Wide dissemination of successful efforts to address under-representation is featured at his bi-annual conference, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, which focuses on showcasing work of excellence in mathematics and computing by minority researchers.”