SOURCE: Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University

February 03, 2011 11:12 ET

Sam Houston State New Home to World's Most Read Math Journal

HUNTSVILLE, TX--(Marketwire - February 3, 2011) - Sam Houston State University is the new editorial home of the most widely read mathematics journal in the world, "The American Mathematical Monthly."

The journal is published by the Mathematical Association of America and is one of the oldest (and still publishing) and most prominent mathematics journals.

The Association has more than 20,000 members, primarily college professors and high school teachers, scientists, engineers and others interested in advanced and applied mathematics.

Scott Chapman, Professor of Mathematics and Scholar-in-Residence at Sam Houston State, was selected by the MAA in August 2010 after a national search to be Editor in Chief for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2012. He is currently Editor-Elect.

"I started receiving manuscripts at midnight January 1," Chapman said. "We receive up to one thousand manuscripts a year. I and an editorial board of 38 other mathematicians from around the world will review and select the articles to be published."

Chapman said his appointment "gives me an amazing opportunity. The Monthly is America's pre-eminent publication for papers of broad mathematical interest written by some of the leading mathematicians in our new century."

The dean of Sam Houston State's College of Science, Jaime Hebert, himself a mathematician, said the selection was a great honor for Sam Houston State.

"The American Mathematical Monthly has been publishing almost 100 years. It's the most widely circulated math journal in the United States," Hebert said. "It has a long history of being housed at top tier universities, public and private, and led by series of eminent editors. His selection is a great honor for Dr. Chapman and it reflects well on the quality of our mathematics department and the quality of instruction that our students receive."

Chapman said the Association and the Mathematical Monthly help encourage and promote the study of mathematics at a critical time.

"We live in a very competitive world and we are being 'out-scored' in math and science by other nations, including China, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and Japan," Chapman said.

A recent study at Stanford University projected that if the United States could improve its math scores by just a small margin over the next 20 years, the United States would add trillions of dollars to its economy over the next generation, Chapman said.

Chapman earned his bachelor degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University, his master's from The University of North Carolina and Ph.D. from The University of North Texas.

Chapman himself has been a prolific writer, researcher and presenter. He is author or co-author of more than 80 referred journal articles with several more submitted or in progress.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Dr. Scott Chapman
    Professor of mathematics and scholar-in-residence
    Sam Houston State University
    scott.chapman@shsu.edu
    (936) 294.1572