Marie A. Vitulli


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 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 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 S. Rim.

In 1976 Dr. Vitulli moved to Eugene, Oregon, to begin a long career at the University of Oregon. She has made original and important contributions to commutative algebra and its interactions with algebraic geometry. 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.

While at Oregon, Dr. Vitulli worked in various ways to improve opportunities for women in mathematics. She was involved in the creation 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 opportunities including information on grants, scholarships, fellowships, and summer intern programs; a section on associations of interest to women in the mathematical sciences; and a section containing miscellaneous links. The site was chosen as a Site of the Day for 4 August 1998 by New Scientist Planet Science and by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education as one of its Digital Dozen sites mathematics.

Professor Vitulli has served in leadership positions on many local, statewide, and national committees including the Executive Committee of the University of Oregon Center for the Study of Women and Society, the President of the Association of Oregon Faculties, President of the University of Oregon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, member of the Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences, and member of the AMS-ASA-IMS-MAA Annual Data Survey Committee. She has served the Association for Women in Mathematics in many capacities: as chairs of the Policy & Advocacy Committee, the Poster Session Selection Committee, the Noether Lecture Selection Committee, Workshop for Graduate Students and Recent Ph.D.s, and the Michler-Mentoring Minisymposium, as a member of the Financial Task Force and the 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.

Professor Vitulli was chosen to deliver the prestigious Association for Women in Mathematics and Mathematical Association of America Etta Z. Falconer Lecture at MathFest 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The title of her talk is "From Algebraic to Weakly Subintegral Extensions in Algebra and Geometry."

On a lighter note, Marie plays the viola in the Riverside Chamber Symphony and Quartetta Oliva.


  1. Weierstrass points and monomial curves, J. of Alg., 48 (1977), 454-476. (with D.S. Rim)
  2. Seminormal rings and weakly normal varieties, Nagoya Math. J., 82 (1981), 27-56. (with J.V. Leahy).
  3. Weak normality and seminormality, invited article for Springer volume Commutative algebra: Noetherian and Non-Noetherian Perspectives, ArXiv number 0906.3334
  4. V-Valuations of a commutative ring I., J. of Alg., 126 (1989), 264-292 (with D.K. Harrison).