Lillian Pierce
Mathematical Community

Work in the mathematical community

Conferences      Mentoring      Learning Seminars      Outreach

Over the years I have benefited deeply from the mentoring, advice, encouragement, teaching, and collaboration of many members of the mathematical community. Mentors have inspired me to tackle great problems, given good practical advice, and boosted me with their high expectations; peers have sweated away on tough ideas with me, as we traded insights gained from our individual strengths; informal interactions with a range of mathematicians have given me many ideas of how a mathematical life can be lived.

At each step of the way, it seemed natural to try to pass these benefits on to students younger than I was. In some cases I started a formal program to carry out a particular function for the community; in others, I contributed to an existing organization. Roughly speaking, these activities fall into three categories: mentoring younger mathematicians, facilitating horizontal distribution of knowledge among my peers, and communicating the joys and beauties of mathematics to non-mathematicians.