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Herbert A. Medina

Department of Mathematics
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

Office: University Hall 2761
Telephone: 310-338-5113
Fax: 310-338-3768
E-mail: hmedina@lmu.edu

Office Hours Spring 2009:
MWF 11:00 - 12:00;
MW 13:00 - 14:00

 

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Click on the buttons above to learn about the classes I am teaching during the current semester, some of the research that I am doing and have done and other links that interest me.  

I 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 Akademie für 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 (halmstedt@lmu.edu) in the Department of Natural Science or Prof. Alissa Crans (acrans@lmu.edu) 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 Carlos Castaneda.


Let me introduce you to one of my favorite poems.

The conditions of a solitary bird are five:
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.
---Silvio Rodríguez 

  

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