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Professor Russ Howell, PhD



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Russell Howell has been on the faculty of Westmont College since 1978.  His advanced degrees are in mathematics (Ph.D) and computer science (M.Sc.).  He has twice received Westmont's teacher of the year award.  He has published in a variety of mathematical journals as well as in non-mathematical settings such as Novum Testamentum, Christian Scholar's Review, Books and Culture, Eerdmans, and InterVarsity Press.  His textbook in Complex Analysis (co-authored with John Mathews) is now in its fifth edition.  Recently he received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to help fund a sabbatical in Oxford where he worked on a mathematics book aimed at connecting mathematical, theological, and philosophical issues.  He has spoken in various settings across the globe. He has been a member of the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara since January, 1979, having served on a variety of committees, and for many years has been one of its regular pianists.  His hobbies include tennis, music, and ocean kayaking.


Presentation Topics:

• "Singing from the Left Side of the Brain": An historical survey of hymns with discussion of what criteria we should use in judging the value of what we sing.( Flexible length, approximately 4-6 sessions)

• "Mathematics and the Christian Faith" (1-2 sessions)

• "Successful Aging: Living the End of Life to the Glory of God" (Presentation done in conjunction with an

MD. Approximately 4 sessions)