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Final College dean candidate to speak Friday

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

LAWRENCE — Luis Casian, professor and chair of the Department of Math at The Ohio State University, will make a public presentation Friday, Sept. 4, as a candidate for dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas.

Casian is the final candidate for the position to make a public presentation during their respective campus visits. His talk will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium of the Kansas Union.

His research interests focus on representation theory, representation theory of real semi-simple lie groups and integrable systems. His research efforts have been funded through the National Science Foundation, and his publications have appeared in the Journal of Algebra, Advances in Mathematics, Inventiones Mathematicae and more.

Casian has been on the faculty at Ohio State since 1988 and has been department chair since 2010. He also has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Utah and the IAS School of Mathematics in Princeton, New Jersey. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. He earned a doctorate in mathematics from MIT in 1983.

The dean search committee, led by Professor of English Marta Caminero-Santangelo, invites students, faculty and staff to attend all candidate presentations and provide feedback of their impressions. Each candidate was asked to share their ideas on the topic “21st Century Challenges to Liberal Arts and Sciences (and how KU will address them).” Candidate presentations will be recorded and available for viewing after all candidates have appeared on campus. Evaluations of all candidates are due by noon Wednesday, Sept. 9.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the home of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, arts and languages at KU. It includes the School of the Arts, the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the School of Public Affairs & Administration. It offers more than 100 majors, minors, and certificates in 53 academic departments and programs, enrolling 15,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students and employing more than 600 faculty members.

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