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Fall 2013 News from the Campuses of . . .


We have a record number of current majors (399) and very active Math and Actuary clubs. Majors Benjamin Seitzman and Jordan Venderley were named Goldwater Scholars. Our REU program, held regularly since 1966, gave 13 students the opportunity for an intense, immersive, individualized experience; our conference featured 21 lectures by 40 student participants from around the state.

We have just welcomed 24 new graduate students. In big news, we have significantly increased our fellowship support: we have created over eight new graduate fellowships, bringing our total for Fall 2014 to 7 full and 9 half fellowships. 17 students received their PhD last year. Blake Barker has received the prestigious College of Arts and Science's Fernandus and Elizabeth J. Payne Dissertation year fellowship for his innovative work on numerical proof of stability of periodic roll waves in thin film flow.

Our department welcomes new faculty members Nam Le, Ajay Ramadoss, Noah Snyder and Dylan Thurston. In other big news, faculty member Russ Lyons has been invited to speak at the upcoming ICM. Further exciting developments over the past year: Michael Larsen was awarded the AMS Moore prize for best paper; Michael Larsen and David Fisher have been awarded Simons Fellowships; Eric Bedford, David Fisher, Roert Glassey, Russell Lyons, Peter Sternberg, and Roger Temam were named to the inaugural class of AMS Fellows; and Charles Livingston was awarded the INMAA Distinguished teaching award.     TOP


Peter Dragnev has had the term "Interim" removed from his title, and he is now Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

James Hersberger is on sabbatical leave this semester.

Bill Frederick has come out of retirement for a semester to fill an unexpected temporary vacancy.

The department welcomes new members:  Joe Francis, Actuary in Residence, is teaching a new financial mathematics class. IPFW's new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is Jeffrey Anderson, Professor of Mathematics. Jeff was formerly Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Lowell Beineke was honored last year with the establishment by the College of Arts and Sciences of the Beineke Award for exceptional service, and was named the first recipient of the award.     TOP


Dr. Gail Greene retired after 13 years of service, and Dr. Dave Boyajian is serving a one-year position for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Boyajian holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and has many research articles, has much field experience, and has had many research students.     TOP


Lara Pudwell was a recipient of the 2013 Faculty Mentoring Award from CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research). She is also on leave from classes this term as a University Research Professor.

The department has three new members: Dr. Karl Schmitt (University of Maryland) is a new assistant professor of mathematics, specializing in operations research. Dr. Jon Beagley (George Mason University) is a new visiting assistant professor of mathematics (combinatorics & group theory). Dr. Rini Oktavia (Texas State University) is a new lecturer (Ph.D. in Mathematics Education).

Our NSF REU is renewed for another 3 years (PIs Lara Pudwell and Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo).

Both Alex Capaldi and Daniel Maxin have received Wheat Ridge Ministries grants from the University for their work in biomathematics and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. About the grant: "Research proposals will be eligible for consideration for a Wheat Ridge Ministries - O.P. Kretzmann Fund grant if they address themselves to questions of the analysis, diagnosis, and/or cure of problems of physical, spiritual, and mental health, irrespective of the academic department of the researcher."

Our inaugural class of mathematics & secondary education students who are part of the University's MSEED program have completed their first year, and several new students are coming in as freshmen this year. About this grant: In the Mathematics and Science Education Enrollment and Development program, graduates earn a bachelor of science degree in science or mathematics, and also earn a teaching license. MSEED is designed to increase the number of graduates in the math and science teaching disciplines, and is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Students in the program receive paid internships for research and curriculum development. Two mathematics students (Katie Merkling and Hannah Dorman) just gave a presentation about their summer research project (analysis of the relationship between AP scores and performance in first year math classes) at MATHFEST.     TOP


Taylor University lost two former members of the Mathematics Department. Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and former Associate Dean of Natural Sciences Dr. William (Bill) Russell Klinger, 73, died September 18, 2012, in Marion. Bill Klinger was a former Mathematics Professor and Academic Dean at Marion College. He joined the Taylor faculty in 1989 and retired in 2007. Professor William A. Ewbank passed away in April 29, 2013, just six weeks after his wife's passing. In 1970, Professor Ewbank established one of the first mathematics labs in the United States. Applying his philosophy of "to learn by doing," he encouraged an innovative, child-centered, hands-on approach to learning math and designed and equipped the math lab at Taylor University (which now carries his name) with math manipulatives, teaching devices, books, and journals.

In other news, Matthew DeLong returned from a year-long sabbatical at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Mark Colgan is the 2013 recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership at Taylor University. Five members of the department, Matt DeLong, Jeremy Case, Mark Colgan, Ron Benbow, and Ken Constantine attended the Association of Christians the Mathematical Sciences conference at Bethel University in Minnesota. Phil Mummert took two undergraduate students, Samuel Judge and Josh Kiers, to the 25th Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry in Waterloo, Ontario. Jeremy Case supervised two undergraduate students, Ethan Gegner and Todd Fenstermacher, in summer research. The Taylor Math Club traveled to Huntington University April 16 to join with Huntington math students for problem solving and pizza.     TOP

WABASH COLLEGE - Crawfordsville, Indiana

Dr. Carolyn Yarnall joins the department in a three-year visiting position that we hope the college will convert to a seventh tenure-track line. Prof. Yarnall comes to us from the University of Virginia where she completed her Ph.D this spring. Her research is in algebraic topology and equivariant stable homotopy theory.     TOP



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