–Mathematician of Chaotic Systems and Historian of NYC
Join 11 QC Scholars Who Have Been Recognized for Exceptional Work–
FLUSHING, NY, October 21, 2013 − Yunping Jiang (Mathematics) and Joshua Freeman (History) have been named CUNY Distinguished Professors, becoming the latest faculty members to attain a title conferred on outstanding scholar-teachers.
Jiang, who was born in China, completed his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1990, joined Queens College two years later, and became a full professor in 2001. His research investigates key issues in chaotic systems, a field that can be used to examine phenomena as disparate as the flow of water, the slow crawl of rush-hour traffic, and the puzzling fluctuations of stock prices. His insights have deepened our understanding of such chaotic behavior; his work has been described as “elegant” and “exceptional.”
A well-received ambassador for Queens College, Jiang has been a visiting professor in France, England, Germany, and Switzerland, in addition to his native China. His home, though, is Flushing. As a CUNY graduate and one of the leading researchers in his field, he is a particularly apt choice for a distinguished professor of mathematics.
Like Jiang, Joshua Freeman has enjoyed a brilliant career. Upon earning his doctorate in 1983 from Rutgers University in New Jersey, he crossed the Hudson, working at the CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University; in 1997, he came to the Queens College campus. Appointed a full professor three years later, he has served the college, the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, and the City University in many capacities, including two terms as executive officer of the PhD History Program at the Graduate Center.
Freeman, a Manhattan resident, knows New York City and the City University better than most historians. His books have won both the New York Society Library Book Prize for History and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and he has been called “the world’s leading authority on modern New York labor.” His most recent title, American Empire 1945–2000, was notable for its thoroughness, rigor, and readability—an unusual combination.
Jiang and Freeman join the ranks of the college’s other distinguished professors, bringing the total to a baker’s dozen: Robert Bittman (Chemistry), Fred Gardaphé (English), Azriel Genack (Physics), Kimiko Hahn (English), Jeffrey Halperin (Psychology), Samuel Heilman (Sociology), George Hendrey (Earth & Environmental Sciences), Pyong Gap Min (Sociology), Carl Riskin (Economics), Morris Rossabi (History), and Stephen Steinberg (Urban Studies).
Queens College of the City University of New York enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its over 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. This year, Washington Monthly ranked QC #1 among “Master’s Universities” as a Best-Bang-for-the-Buck college and #2 nationwide among only 349 colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
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