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Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science of IU Northwest is proud to welcome Dr. Axel Schulze-Halberg, who joined us in August 2009. Dr.Schulze-Halberg is bringing 7 years of college teaching experience from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland), the University of Colima (Mexico) and the National Polytechnical Institute in Mexico City (Mexico). He earned his Ph.D. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland) in 2003. Since then Dr. Schulze-Halberg published over 50 research papers dealing with mathematical physics and dynamical systems. For more: web page.     TOP


Professor Benzion Boukai stepped down as chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Professor Zhongmin "James" Shen replaced him. Link to: IUPUI news page.     TOP

MANCHESTER COLLEGE - North Manchester, Indiana

Our five member Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has seen two members retire and two new members come in the past two years. A year ago, Chuck Stanton retired after serving in the department since 1992, including 5 years as department chair. Raheel Ahmad joined us with a new PhD from Southern Illinois University. He has been teaching computer science and reinvigorating our computer science program with new courses in computer graphics and geographical information systems and new connections with industry. This year, Stan Beery retired after 30 years in the department including 11 years as department chair. And we just welcomed Tim Brauch, a new PhD from University of Louisville. He will be leading our math education courses.

In the past school year we had teams participating in the Putnam competition and the Indiana College Math Contest. We hosted the Wabash County Junior High Math Contest and the American Math Contest. One student, Richelle Reed, won a presentation award at the 2008 Math Fest in Madison Wisconsin for research she did with Professor Young Lee on modeling with differential equations. We had three math majors graduate this year of whom one is going to graduate school at Miami University of Ohio, one is teaching high school, and one is looking for work.     TOP


Joel Lehmann has retired from the department after 25 years of service. He was also a 1968 graduate of VU and therefore takes a lot of institutional memory with him. Fortunately, just before he decided to retire -- and continuing into this fall -- he is assembling a history of the department.

David Hull has also retired from the regular faculty and has been appointed as a Senior Research Professor. In this capacity, the university continues to provide him with an office and travel support as he investigates bisexual Galton-Watson branching processes with collaborators in Spain.

Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo is spending the next two years in Reutlingen, Germany, as director of Valparaiso University’s study center. She will be coordinating the comings and goings of VU students each semester. Among her various tasks will be teaching a general education course in mathematics, coordinating the instruction of German language and culture courses, and arranging education trips around Germany.

Michael Glass, assistant professor of Computer Science, is on sabbatical this year and Greg Hume, associate professor of Computer Science, is returning from a year long sabbatical.     TOP

WABASH COLLEGE - Crawfordsville, Indiana

Profs. Bob Foote and Will Turner have returned from sabbatical. Prof. Foote spent his year in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Korea, and Prof. Turner stayed in town to work on his symbolic computation research and conduct a review of the computer science and computational mathematics programs.

Prof. J.D. Phillips resigned from the college to move to Northern Michigan University and serve as head of the department of mathematics and computer science. Prof. Foote has been appointed to a three-year term as department chair, and Prof. Doug Limmer has agreed to remain for the next two years while the department reevaluates itself and conducts a search for a permanent replacement.     TOP


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