University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2002 for Excellence in Research.

Lindsay N. ChildsLindsay N. ChildsMathematics and Statistics

Professor Lindsay N. Childs is an expert in algebraic field theory. In his 33-year career with the University at Albany, he has excelled as a teacher, administrator, and scholar.

Childs studies and creates group and ring theory tools needed to understand extensions of fields. His early research focused on the Brauer groups, and several of his singly authored or joint papers appeared in theJournal of Algebra, the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, the Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, and several other publications. Next, his research shifted to the use of Hopf algebras to understand field extensions. Hopf algebras have an extraordinarily rich structure that gives them a great deal of rigidity. His work has given a new line of attack that often leads to more easily computable invariants of field extensions.

The culmination of Childs’s work was the major research monographTaming Wild Extensions: Hopf Algebras and Local Galois Module Theory. His efforts have brought grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. He has served as a referee for more than 20 scholarly journals and publications.

Childs served as the Department of Mathematics and Statistics chair from 1981 through 1984 and in 1991. He has been a mentor and thesis director for a host of students.

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