Arthur Hobbs, Professor

Photo shows me in PhD robes of the University of Waterloo

My office is Room 218 in Milner Hall.
My mailing address is:
Prof. Arthur M. Hobbs AMS Classification 05C Department of Mathematics Also interested in 05B35, 01-XX Texas A&M University College Station, TX 77843
Office phone: (979)-845-3250
Home phone: (979)-846-9376
e-mail: hobbs@math.tamu.edu
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FRIENDS AND FAMILY


Here are my wife, Barbara, and myself at a new years party:


I have been very fortunate in the many friends I have had. The following photograph shows me between two of them. The one on my left is my thesis advisor, the outstanding graph and matroid theorist, William T. Tutte. The one on my right was one of the most prolific mathematicians who ever lived and was the founder of several branches of mathematics, Paul Erdos. (There should be a Hungarian umlaut above the o of Erdos's name, but I don't know how to produce one in html.) So here we are, from left to right, Paul Erdos, Arthur Hobbs, and William T. Tutte. The picture was taken at Western Michigan University at the Quadrennial conference on May 7, 1980, by my mother, Helen Hobbs.

VIGRE COURSE, Math 662, Section 601, Fall 2002.

Prof. Borosh and I taught a course in the intersection of graph theory and number theory. We taught enough of the elements of our specialties that students could read a research paper including elements of both subjects. Then students were asked to select a paper from a list we provided, read it, and report on it to the class. An important aspect of the course was gaining a feeling for the discovery process involved in research. We asked about each idea presented, "Are there questions that are not addressed here? Can these ideas be extended in ways the authors did not discuss?" There was a test on each of number theory and graph theory just after the lectures on that topic, and the grade was based on the results of those tests and on the presentations made. One consequence of this course was a published research paper. The homework assignments were as shown.

COMBINATEXAS

The eighth annual Texas combinatorics conference, called CombinaTexas, will be held on February 24 at Texas A&M University, College Station. Click on the title above for more information. COMBINATEXAS was held at Texas A&M University on March 31 through April 2, 2000, for the first time. It has continued as an annual event, changing venue from year to year.


COMBINATORICS AT TAMU

The web page of the Algebra and Combinatorics Group contains announcements of interest in this area. Moreover, the Group runs a weekly seminar . Take a look at the seminar offerings.


TAMU AAUP CHAPTER

I was President of our AAUP chapter in 2001-2002. The chapter has slightly revised the New Faculty Brochure originally distributed to all new faculty in 2000. The revised brochure was distributed to the new faculty of 2001 and 2002. We worked on the rewrite of System Policy 12.01 (academic freedom and tenure) proposed by the System attorneys. The Faculty Senate formed a committee to prepare an alternative rewrite, and faculty members from throughout the System had a role in formulating the final document.


THE SPECIAL ISSUE OF DISCRETE MATHEMATICS IN MEMORY OF PAUL CATLIN:

Paul Catlin, 1948-1995, painting by Ying Wu, Univ. of West Virginia

Prof. Hong-Jian Lai of West Virginia University and I prepared a special issue of Discrete Mathematics in honor of the memory of Paul Catlin . It appeared as volume 230 in 2001.

A STORY

ls Texas is rather hotter than the part of the world where I grew up (northern Indiana) and got my PhD (Ontario, Canada). To understand just how much hotter, the following story, which was written during the 1996 heat wave, will help. Why I was Late .

COURSE INFORMATION

I am now retired and no longer teach mathematics courses. I do teach round dance as a hobby. Contact me if you might be interested in learning this cued variety of ballroom dance. My office is 205 Milner Hall.


THE PUTNAM EXAM

The William Lowell Putnam mathematics competition is a national undergraduate mathematics compentition of the highest order. Preparing for it and taking it are valuable learning experiences. All students interested in mathematics should give it a try. The names of winners and of high scoring students are published, and being on that list is a valuable reference for those who succeed. Check out the latest information about the Putnam contest.

PROJECT TO PROVIDE ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

On Monday, January 12, 1998, the Faculty Senate approved the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions as finally submitted to it, and during the following months the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate agreed to adopt the official name of "TAMU Faculty Facts: Answers to Questions About Faculty Roles and Responsibilities at Texas A&M University" for these papers. They have been revised since then, and the revision was approved by the Faculty Senate at its meeting on September 14, 1998. The following file contains the complete second edition of "Faculty Facts:"

TAMU Faculty Facts: Answers to Questions About Faculty Roles and Responsibilities at Texas A&M University

This document is now out of date. I hope another faculty member will someday update it and get it published again.

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