PULLMAN – Roger J-B Wets, a distinguished research professor of mathematics at the University of California Davis, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Ostrom Lecture, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in CADD 21.
The title of the presentation is “About an Imperative Evolution of Mathematical Analysis (From Equations to Inequalities).” The lecture will introduce and address the power and importance of inequalities at a “very accessible level.”


The lecture is free and open to the public.

A more technical presentation of this topic will be addressed by Wets at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Neill Hall, room 5W.
Background on Wets
Roger J-B Wets received his Ph. D. in engineering sciences in 1965 from the University of California at Berkeley and is now a distinguished research professor of mathematics at the University of California at Davis, where he has been since 1984.
His main research interests are stochastic optimization and variational analysis. During the last decade his research has been focused on equilibrium problems in a stochastic environment, and on nonparametric estimation, in particular in the fusion of hard and soft information. He has published about 200 technical articles, mostly in pure and applied mathematical journals, but also in journals dealing with probability, statistics, economics and ecology.
What is stochastic math?
Stochastic” means being or having a random variable. A stochastic model is a tool for estimating probability distributions of potential outcomes by allowing for random variation in one or more inputs.
The annual Theordore G. Ostrom Lecture brings internationally renowned mathematics scholars to campus each spring. The lectures honor Professor Emeritus Theodore Ostrom, who retired from WSU in 1981 after 21 years on the faculty.
For additional information contact Connie Barner, mathematics department, 335-6797 or barnerc@wsu.edu