Stanley Chang

(781) 283-3155
B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Cambridge University (England); Ph.D., University of Chicago

Stanley S. Chang
Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Mathematics

Research on positive scalar curvature and rigidity of manifolds, noncommutative geometry, tools of surgery theory; interested in issues on campus diversity and curricular rigor.

I am engaged in the study of the curvature and rigidity of high-dimensional manifolds, using such tools that appear in algebraic topology, differential geometry, index theory and C*-algebras. The study of such properties has been of classical interest, but recent develops have reanimated the subject in both the compact and noncompact contexts. Currently I am co-authoring an advanced textbook on surgery methods and applications which will describe the many topological theorems proved in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the past years I have taught a wide variety of courses at all levels of the mathematics curriculum, including calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, real and complex analysis, and Galois Theory. Most recently I developed an advanced Modern Number Theory course which I would like to repeat in the near future. Many of our advanced students request independent study courses, and I have overseen such efforts in functional analysis, representation theory and logic. In the coming academic year I will be guiding an independent study on elliptic curves and its relation to the modular group, Riemann surfaces and theta functions.

At Wellesley I have served both on the 2015 Commission and the Academic Planning Committee. In these campus bodies I am interested in helping the College maintain high academic standards for all of its students. Currently in the Minority Recruitment Hiring and Retention Committee I am devoting my time to consider creative ways to make our campus more diverse. In my own department I am very much involved in the effort to prepare our students for graduate studies.

I am an amateur fencer and have competed in some regional tournaments. Currently I hold a national E ranking. I play both piano and harpsichord and have performed in numerous ensembles on campus. My love of mathematics extends to a love of language, and I spend some of each day reading Classical works written in Greek and Latin. Also I am a member of Coro Allegro, a Boston-based choir that performs contemporary choral works three times a year.


Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov 10

The weekly student seminar meets today, with Snow Zhang giving a presentation called "The Diagonalization Theorem and Undecidability."  We will meet in SCI362 at 12:25 for lunch, and then move to SCI364 for the talk around 12:40.

Wednesday, Nov 12

The math department hosts its next colloquium, where the speak is Cornelia Van Cott from the University of San Francisco.  Her talk is "Sometimes Pi equals 4."  We will serve refreshments in 362 from 3:45 to 4:15, then move to room 396 for the talk at 4:15.  

Monday, Nov 17

The weekly student seminar meets today, with Lulu Ye giving a presentation.  We will meet in SCI362 at 12:25 for lunch, and then move to SCI364 for the talk around 12:40.

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