John H. Ewing, President of Math for America, is the 2013-14 Horace Mann Medalist. Given annually by Brown’s Graduate School at Commencement, the medal honors an alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia.
Dr. Ewing, who received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brown University in 1971, has a distinguished mathematical career and a record of outreach aimed at improving mathematics and science education in U.S. public secondary schools. His leadership roles range from innovative publishing to fostering programs that promote excellence in K-12 education.
Prior to his focus on K-12 teaching, Dr. Ewing served as Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society, a professional society of more than thirty thousand research mathematicians. Earlier, Dr. Ewing was Professor at Indiana University, serving as chair of the Mathematics Department (twice) as well as Editor-in-chief of the American Mathematical Monthly and the Mathematical Intelligencer.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Mathematical Society, and a member of many other groups. Among other awards, he received an honorary doctorate from St. Lawrence University and the Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Distinguished Service to Mathematics award from the Mathematical Association of America.