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Herbert Medina

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

photo of Herbert MedinaHerbert Medina comes to UP from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California, where he served as professor of mathematics and associate dean in the College of Science and Engineering. He arrived at LMU in 1992 after receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley and his bachelor of science in mathematics/computer science from UCLA. Herbert has taught mathematics courses at all undergraduate levels and has published mathematical research in functional analysis, wavelets, and polynomial approximations (collaboratively with undergraduates.) One of his passions is working to increase participation of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. For example, he is one of five founding co-directors of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program in Berkeley, California, and from 1998 to 2002 he co-directed the Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates in Puerto Rico. Both programs have earned national recognitions for their design and success. Herbert’s outreach and mentoring work was recognized by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science with the 2014 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award. When not at work, Herbert enjoys hiking, bowling, traveling, and exploring Portland.