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Stanford Report, March 8, 2000

Forsythe lectures promise the best of the computer world

Margaret H. Wright, head of the Computing Sciences Research Center, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, will deliver the George and Sandra Forsythe Memorial Lectures Monday and Tuesday, March 13 and 14. Her Monday lecture, at 7:30 p.m. in the HP Auditorium, Room B01 of the Gates Computer Science Building, is titled "A Computer Science Concoction: Secrets, Wildcats and the Best of Everything." Her talk will illustrate how computer science research encompasses a wide array of disparate topics.

Her Tuesday lecture, "Dispatches from the Interior-Point Revolution," will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Room B01 of the Gates Building. Wright will offer an opinionated survey of classical material and recent research about interior methods for linear, nonlinear and semidefinite programming.

Wright holds three Stanford degrees: a bachelor's in mathematics, and master's and doctoral degrees in computer science. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997.

Sponsored by the Computer Science Department, the annual Forsythe lectures honor the memory of computer science pioneers George and Sandra Forsythe. George played a leading role in the founding of Stanford's Computer Science Department, and Sandra was a noted computer science educator and textbook author. SR