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CMU hosts national thought leader in the field of women in mathematics

Dr. Janet Heine-Barnett to present guest lecture

Mathematics is one of the oldest areas of human activity known to the world. Yet only a handful of women were able to learn or practice mathematics through most of its early history. On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Dr. Janet Heine-Barnett, Professor Emerita from Colorado State University Pueblo, will deliver a lecture that explores the lives of revolutionary women who were among the first to beat the social and cultural odds facing women in the discipline of mathematics. The lecture is called Revolutionary Women: Mathematical Lives Against the Odds.

Barnett earned her Ph.D. in Set Theory from University of Colorado, Boulder and was a mathematics professor at Colorado State University, Pueblo from 1990 until 2017.  In 1995-1996, Dr. Barnett served as a fellow at the Mathematical Association of America’s Institute for History of Mathematics and its Use in Teaching.  She currently serves as a member of the leadership team for a national grant and is co-editor of the MAA journal, Convergence. Dr. Barnett has received numerous awards including the MAA’s National Award for Distinguished University Teaching in 2017. 

This lecture is made possible by a Mathematical Association of America Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant and Colorado Mesa University.  The lecture is free and all CMU faculty, staff and students in addition to community members are encouraged to attend. 

Questions about the lecture can be directed to the event coordinators including Dr. Tracii Friedman at and Dr. Cathy Bonan-Hamada at


Written by David Ludlam