Biographical Sketch
Judith A. Palagallo

Professor Judith A. Palagallo received her B.S. from Westminster College, M. S. from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1975.  She taught at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY before joining The University of Akron in 1978.  She was pleased to receive the Buchtel College award for Outstanding Teacher in 2002. She retired from the University as Professor Emeritus in 2006.

Her main area of research is analysis.  Recently, she has been interested in fractal geometry and its basis in analysis, and she has directed several undergraduate research projects in this area.  She has enjoyed professional leaves at the University of South Florida (1985-86), Colorado State University (1993-94) and Cornell University (2002). "Curious Curves," a book co-authored with Richard Darst and Thomas Price, was published in 2009 by World Scientific Press.

She participated in the NSF funded REU site "Algebra, Number Theory and Applications" which ran during the summers of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Professor Palagallo started the Women in Mathematics program, originally sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and the Tensor Foundation.  A goal of this project is to retain more women mathematics students at all levels, from undergraduate through graduate, and to provide them with a strong network of support.  This program is generously supported by graduates of the Department of  Mathematics. For her work with this program, Professor Palagallo was awarded the Mortarboard Pioneer Award in 2001.

Professor Palagallo is also active in the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America and has been President, Program Chair and chair of the Committee on Student Members. She served as Ohio Governor  2006-2009.

For six years, Professor Palagallo was a member of the committee Research by Undergraduate Students (a subcommittee of the Council on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics).  As a member of this committee, she organized the Student Poster Session for Research by Undergraduates at the AMS/MAA meetings in Orlando (1996) and Baltimore (1998). She served on the editorial boards of the MAA series Classroom Resources Materials and MAA Classroom Notes.

She was a member of the board of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences from 2007-2015.

Since retirement she has become a certified Precepts Bible Study leader and has been leading classes since 2004.