Michael Lacey is the protégé and mentor of the world renowned mathematician Walter Philip. Michael Lacey was able to complete his doctoral work in 1987 when he was only 28 years old. He has become influential mathematician on the world scene due to his work in probability as well as iterated logarithms. Most of this work has been done in harmony with his mentor Walter Philip. He is also push the boundaries of harmonic analysis and increased understanding in the two areas of probability and ergodic theory.
Michael Lacey would take a job at Louisiana State University right after he graduated from the doctoral program. He would also work at the University of North Carolina while he waited to get tenure. This did not stop him from pushing math to its limits. He worked alongside Walter Philip to published several papers in peer-reviewed journals probing their central limit theorem. After such probing, they have been able to guarantee its certainty by 99.9996%.
Michael Lacey would take another position for seven years at Indiana University. Because of his excellent work in harmonic analysis he would become part of the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship gave him tenure and he then continued studying and working with the bilinear Hilbert transform.
In 1996 he would gain the position of his dreams. He will be calm the lead professor of mathematics at none other than Georgia Institute of Technology. During his time here, he will be awarded one of the Guggenheim Fellowship grants. These grants are only given out to 200 people every single year within the countries of the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, and South America. Over 4000 people applied that year and he was one of the 5% of people who earned that grant.
The Guggenheim Fellowship gave him a grant of $42,000 in order to pursue research midcareer and keep his skills up-to-date. Michael Lacey continued solidifying that he is one of the greatest mathematicians ally by being recognized by the Simon foundation. To set it in stone he entered the American mathematical Society Fellowship.
Retired Professor Mary McChesney has long been part of Orange Coast College, both for her contributions as an educator and her continued participation in its role as a staple of the community. Having spent more than 30 years in their language department, instructing English and Spanish, McChesney continues to contribute to the college with a donation of $1 million to go towards the completion of their new planetarium.
McChesney, who is 91, has stated that Orange Coast College continues to be an institution of learning that she very much respects and sees as important to the student body and those living in the area. The construction of a new planetarium can only contribute to that reputation by engendering interest in astronomy as a field of study. For that to happen, McChesney gladly donated $1 million in Adelyn Bonin’s name, a fellow professor at Orange Coast College and her late partner. This donation will go towards the construction of a Foucault pendulum, helping to simulate the rotation of the Earth for demonstrations.
McChesney’s donation has been greatly appreciated by Orange Coast College Foundation’s Executive Director Doug Bennet, but in a recent statement he pointed out how she’s continued to be a respected figure for her commitment. Though McChesney retired in 1983, she has continued to be part of the college’s foundation, helping to decide its direction and even allocate funds for scholarships. That she would also choose to be so generous with this donation is just another example of her commitment to education.
Orange Coast College expects to open the doors to its new planetarium by Fall 2018.
About Orange Coast College:
Orange Coast College (OCC) has been a leader in higher education for the Southern California community of Costa Mesa sine 1947. This includes upwards of 130 academic programs made available to the tens of thousands of students that enroll each semester, many of which take advantage of OCC’s technical offerings.
OCC has consistently ranked first in Orange County for having its students continue their education at higher institutions like University of California and California State University schools across the state. Other students seek out other education opportunities in private institutions or travel beyond the state.
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