Free lecture by Dr. Edward B. Burger on October 8 at Monmouth University

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Monmouth University’s School of Science presents the 6th Annual Dean’s Seminar with guest speaker, Dr. Edward B. Burger, president of Southwestern University, on Friday, October 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium.  The topic of Burger’s lecture is “Monkeys, Mathematics and Mischief: Thinking through the True Goal of Your Education.”  Burger will explore the point of education in general (and math in particular) by contemplating the antics of monkeys.  This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please register for the seminar at

Dr. Edward B. Burger is president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Previously, he was Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He graduated summa cum laude from Connecticut College, where he earned a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin.  Burger is the recipient of many teaching awards and accolades. He was named by Baylor University as the 2010 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching for his proven record as an extraordinary teacher and distinguished scholar. Baylor University lauded Burger as truly one of our nation's most outstanding, passionate, and creative mathematics professors. His other teaching awards include the Nelson Bushnell Prize for Scholarship and Teaching from Williams College, the Distinguished Achievement Award for Educational Video Technology from the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America. In 2006, Reader's Digest honored him in its annual 100 Best of America special issue as Best Math Teacher.  Burger is the author of more than 40 scholarly papers and books, including “Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas,” which has been translated into seven languages. He was honored with the Robert W. Hamilton Book Award for his coauthored work with Michael Starbird, “The Heart of Mathematics: An invitation to effective thinking.” He served for three years as mathematics advisor for the educational series NUMB3RS, produced by CBS, Paramount Studios, and Texas Instruments.

For additional information about the Monmouth University School of Science Dean’s Seminar, contact Koorleen Minton at 732-571-3421.


What:                    School of Science Dean Seminar 6th Annual Science Dean’s Seminar

Who:                     Dr. Edward B. Burger, president, Southwestern University

When:                  October 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Where:                 Wilson Hall, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, N.J., 07712

Topic:                    Monkeys, Mathematics and Mischief: Thinking Through the True Goal of Your Education