May 9, 2008

Mathematics professor wins Outstanding
Scholarly Achievement Award


Photo:University’s Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award winner Marcus Marsh.University’s Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award winner Marcus Marsh.

A Sacramento State professor, who specializes in the study of elastic deformations on geometric objects, received the University’s Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award.

Marcus Marsh, a professor of mathematics and statistics, received the award for his research toward discovering stronger forms of Dutch mathematician L.E.J. Brouwer’s fixed point theorem.

Marsh is an expert in topology, the study of geometrical objects that remain unchanged when deformed or distorted such as by twisting or stretching; for example a rubber band.

Brouwer’s theorem, which was developed almost 100 years ago, proves that even when certain objects are subjected to continuous transformations, they still have a fixed point somewhere.

“Even with all that twisting, stretching, and folding, there is a point that stays in the same place,” Marsh says.

The theory has a number of practical applications in economics, game theory, and physical science. For example, “It is used to find equilibrium points in economics. Supply equals demand,” he says.

The award is given annually to a Sacramento State faculty member who has made significant contributions to a discipline through scholarly activity, creative or artistic endeavors, research and publication. Candidates for the award must have been at Sacramento State for at least 10 academic years in a tenured or tenure track position.

The award also includes a grant for professional development and Marsh will receive $2,500 to continue his research.

The award will be presented to Marsh during his lecture on Brouwer’s theory, 4 p.m., Thursday, May 15 in the University Union’s Orchard Suite. A reception will follow in the Lobby Suite.

For more information on the award, contact Marsh at (916) 278-6570. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.