Mary Beth Ruskai


Mary Beth Ruskai

ruskai at member dot ams dot org

I am a mathematical physicist who works on problems that arise in quantum theory. When I received my PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1969, I also received an M.A. in mathematics. After a series of postdocs and few years as assistant professor in the math department at the University of Oregon, I took a faculty position at the University of Lowell, which became a campus of the University of Massachusetts in 1990. After taking early retirement in 2002, I was a research professor at Tufts University from 2003-2014. More information can be found here and at the following:

At 70 I am now easing into retirement, but am still involved in some research, editorial work and conference organization. You can find out more about my research here and listen to a recent talk. (You can also fast forward past the equations to some photos at the end.)

I enjoy outdoor activities, especially in the snow in winter. Although I now have two metal knees and a metal hip, I still enjoy easy hiking and cross-country skiing (click photos below for full-size images)

M B Ruskai hiking

Mary Beth Ruskai skiing well as light snow-shoveling. More photos are can be found in the section on conferences.

I travel a lot for conferences, visiting professorships, etc. After the change in TSA procedures a few years ago, I challenged TSA's invasive pat-downs of people with metal implants. (Read an article on the topic, Your Artificial Knee Might Get You Groped, from the Miller's Money Forever site.) Just before Christmas, almost a year after oral arguments, the court denied our petition and ruled in favor of the TSA. You can get more information about the case (including copies of the briefs) here, and a copy of the decision here. I learned a lot of general information about various aspects of TSA policy from reports by the General Accounting Office, the National Research Council of the National Academies and others. My commentary is given here with links to the reports here.

In addition to my scientific work, I have been active in gender and sciences issues. My papers in that area can be found here, and part of an after-dinner speech here.

On May 6, 2015, the NY Times published my letter objecting to an Op-Ed advocating "pink science" to attract more women to engineering.

One June 11, 2015, the NY Times asked me to contribute to a Room for Debate discussion on Sexism in Science: A Few Bad Guys in the Lab Can Cause Women a Lot of Harm


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