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Reed senior Asher Auel ’03, of Portland, Oregon, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship. Auel, a mathematics major, plans to study in Orsay, France, at Universit√© Paris-Sud XI.

While in France, he intends to study number theory, and more specifically, automorphic forms and representations. He hopes to become fluent in French, to pick up the particular abstract style and viewpoint of modern French mathematics, and to learn about French teaching methods. After his year abroad, Auel will study mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, in pursuit of a Ph.D., starting in the fall of 2004.

He plans to spend his summer converting his thesis work into a publishable paper and will likely spend at least five weeks working as a "squad boss" of a wild land fire fighting crew in southern Oregon. Endurance, not brute strength, he notes, is what matters in firefighting. "I'll tell you, you do not understand fire until you've been in a forest fire," he says. "Fire is an entity."

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Fulbright’s American Scholar Program sends nearly 700 scholars and professionals each year to more than 100 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Fulbright fellows are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and potential, in addition to their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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