November 19, 1949 --
Marie A. Vitulli was born in Mineola, New York in 1949. She entered the University of Rochester in 1967, graduating in 1971 with highest distinction with a B.A. degree in mathematics. During her undergraduate days at Rochester she studied the viola at Eastman School of Music and played with the university symphony orchestra. Marie began graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. She was awarded an N.S.F. Traineeship and a Dissertation Year Fellowship at Penn. In 1976 she received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation was entitled “Weierstrass points and monomial curves” and was directed by Dock Sang Rim. Upon completing her doctorate Dr. Vitulli joined the faculty at the University of Oregon and retired as Professor Emerita of Mathematics in 2011. She continued to teach part time at Oregon until 2015.
Vitulli has made original and important contributions to commutative algebra and its interactions with algebraic geometry, has published numerous research articles and book chapters and has lectured on her work throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa. After her early work in deformation theory Vitulli turned her attention to the study of seminormality and weak normality for commutative rings and algebraic varieties. In a series of papers with her colleague John V. Leahy, she developed fundamental properties of seminormality and made connections to the theory of weakly normal complex analytic spaces. More recently Vitulli discovered an elegant new element-wise criterion for weak subintegrality. Along with her colleague D.K. Harrison, she developed a unified valuation theory for rings with zero divisors that generalized both Krull and Archimedean valuations.
Prof. Vitulli directed the Ph.D. dissertations of Kenneth Valente, Laurie Burton, and Heather Coughlin at Oregon. She mentored many graduate students during her tenure at Oregon. She directed Honors College theses of Amy Hill and Joseph Vandehey.
While at Oregon, Dr. Vitulli worked in various ways to improve opportunities for women in mathematics. She was involved in the creation and administration of a scholarship program for undergraduate women in mathematics and the physical sciences. She created and maintains the Women in Math Web Project. The site features an extensive collection of biographies; a categorized and searchable bibliography of publications on gender and mathematics and gender and science; a section on events including upcoming conferences, college and beyond programs, K-12 programs, workshops, and research collaboration conferences for women; a section on opportunities including information on grants, scholarships, fellowships, and summer intern programs; and a section containing miscellaneous links including links to associations of interest to women in the mathematical sciences in the U.S. and abroad. The site was chosen as a Site of the Day by New Scientist Planet Science and by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education as one of its Digital Dozen sites in mathematics. Vitulli was a founding member of a senior women’s faculty group that advised the University of Oregon administration on issues of concern to women faculty. That group was responsible for creating and advancing many policies at Oregon, including the first consensual relations policy governing intimate relationships between faculty and staff and their subordinates.
Professor Vitulli has served on many local, statewide, and national committees including the Center for the Study of Women and Society Executive Committee, the Association of Oregon Faculties (President, 2007 - 2009), the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences, the AMS-ASA-IMS-MAA Annual Data Survey Committee, the Association for Women in Mathematics Executive Committee. She and Mary E. Flahive (Oregon State University) conducted studies of first jobs for new Ph.D.s in mathematics with an eye towards gender differences in 1997 and 2010; summaries of these studies appeared in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
Vitulli has been an active member of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) for decades through membership on a variety of committees that oversee and run the programs of the AWM. Recently she chaired the AWM Advocacy and Policy Portfolio (2012-2106) and served on the AWM Executive Committee (2010-2016). She is principal administrator of the AWM Facebook page. She continues to serve on the AWM Finance and Media Committees. Professor Vitulli was named the 2014 AWM-MAA Falconer Lecturer. Her MathFest Falconer lecture was entitled “From Algebraic to Weak Subintegral Extensions in Algebra and Geometry.”
On a lighter note, Marie plays the viola in the Riverside Chamber Symphony and Quartetta Oliva.