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WPI Professor Named American Mathematical Society Director

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WORCESTER, Mass. Samuel M. Rankin III of Holden, Mass., a professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been appointed associate executive director of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and director of the society's Washington, D.C. office. Rankin will be on leave until June 30, 1996.

Rankin's responsibilities at the AMS include serving as the society's liaison to federal agencies, members of the legislature and their staffs, and other professional groups in the Washington, D.C., area; advising the AMS leadership on issues and strategi es related to federal science and educational policy; administering AMS projects and programs related to the Washington office; and coordinating public information related to the mathematical sciences and to federal science and education policy.

Rankin was associate professor of mathematics at West Virginia University before coming to WPI in 1987 as professor and head of the Mathematical Sciences Department. He resigned as department head in January 1995, when he went on leave to work full time i n the AMS office in Worcester. During that leave he worked on a Sloan Foundation-sponsored project on non-academic employment for mathematical scientists and one aimed at increasing the participation of minorities in the study of mathematics.