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David Minda became a Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Mathematics in 1999. Since earning his PhD from the University of California San Diego in 1970, his research has focused on geometric function theory, especially the role of hyperbolic geometry in this subject. He has published more than 100 articles in research journals and conference proceedings. His research work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation for over 20 years. Teaching concerns have played an important role in his career and he has received several teaching awards. For the past 15 years, he has been actively involved in the department's highly regarded Master of Arts for Teachers of Secondary Mathematics program. For the past seven years, he and Professor Charles Groetsch have received NSF support to work with area high school mathematics teachers through the Park City Mathematics Institute, a part of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.