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am the director of LMU's
New Europe Program
and the Summer
Engineering, Mathematics and Science Program. Both
programs take place in Bonn, Germany at the
Internationale Bildung (AIB).
If you are
interested in studying in Bonn send me an e-mail, drop by
my office or visit the LMU Study Abroad Office (UH 1840). You also may contact Prof. Hawley Almstedt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in the Department of Natural Science or Prof. Alissa Crans (email@example.com)
in the Department of Mathematics as they will be teaching in the Bonn summer
program in Summer 2009.
I also am the director of the
LMU Descartes Scholars Program.
The LMU Descartes Scholarship will provide 12 students matriculating as
freshmen at LMU in the Fall 2009 with a four-year renewable scholarship of
up to $10,000 per year. The Descartes Scholarship is funded by the
National Science Foundation (NSF).
Let me tell you a
little about myself. I was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the
United States at the age of eight. I received my Bachelor of Science in
Mathematics/Computer Science (1985) from UCLA,
and my Ph.D. in Mathematics (1992) from UC
Berkeley. I am currently Professor of Mathematics at Loyola
Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. My research interests center
on functional analysis, harmonic analysis and wavelets; among
my other mathematical hobbies are linear algebra and continued fractions. One of my other interests is working on projects to increase the
participation of historically underrepresented groups in mathematics and the
sciences, for example the
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program
(MSRI-UP) in Berkeley, CA. My current non-mathematical hobbies include running, biking
(the last picture above was taken on a "little mountain" in
summer 2008), the Camino de Santiago (the middle picture above was taken on the
Camino) and history, especially American, Latin American and mathematical (the
first picture above was taken in front of Gauss' former residence in Göttingen). My favorite (non-mathematical) writer is
Let me introduce you to one of my favorite poems.
The conditions of a solitary bird
the first, that it flies to the highest point;
the second, that it does not suffer for company,
not even of its own kind:
the third, that it aims its beak to the skies;
the fourth, that it does not have definite color;
the fifth, that it sings very softly.
---San Juan de la Cruz
And also to one of my favorite verses from a song.
No hacen falta alas para hacer un sueño.
Basta con las manos, basta con el pecho,
basta con las piernas, y con el empeño.
No hacen falta alas para ser más bello.
Basta el buen sentido del amor inmenso.
No hacen falta alas para hacer el vuelo.
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