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Fall 2015 News from the Campuses of . . .

GOSHEN COLLEGE - Goshen, Indiana

Jeanette Shown is a new Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Goshen College. Jeanette has a B.S. from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, M.S. from the University of Notre Dame Department of Engineering and Architecture, training in mediation and conflict resolution from Indiana State University, and further graduate work in computer mediated communication and human computer interaction from the University of Washington. She has been a consultant for Family Mediation Services, a communications instructor at Indiana University South Bend and Tacoma Community College, an instructor and researcher for the Center for Social Science and Computation Research at the University of Washington, and a programmer for Boeing Corporation (just to mention a few positions). Since 2010, Jeanette has been a software developer for her own company, Prospero's Pen.

Sara Patrick is joining Goshen College as a half-time Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Sara earned a B.A. in Mathematics Education from Indiana State University in 2008 and a M.S. in Mathematics from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2015. She taught at Greencastle High School for four years and has been an Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech Community College. Sara will be teaching the quantitative reasoning, applied algebra, and mathematics for elementary school teachers courses this year. Calculated Cookies is Sara's online-based bakery, specializing in gourmet, custom-made sugar cookies.     TOP

INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE- Fort Wayne, Indiana

For the Fall 2015 semester, David Benko from the University of South Alabama is a Visiting Associate Professor at IPFW.

Assistant Professor Yuan Zhang was awarded a 3-year mathematics research grant from the National Science Foundation.

During a trip to China, Professor Yifei Pan signed a research collaboration agreement between IPFW and the Jinling Institute of Technology.

Two faculty were interviewed by the local newspaper this year - Professor Lowell Beineke on his 50 years of teaching at IPFW: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/focus/After-50-years--prof-s-enthusiasm-strong-6671373, and Professor Adam Coffman for Pi Day 2015: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/frank-gray/No-forks-needed-to-enjoy-slice-of-Pi-Day-5471891.

Professor Peter Dragnev gave a series of lectures at the 10th Summer School in Potential Theory at the Renyi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Professors Coffman and Dragnev are two of the organizers of the 2015 Midwestern Workshop on Asymptotic Analysis, at IU Bloomington, Friday-Sunday, October 9-11.

The Society of Actuaries now includes IPFW on its listing of Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs.     TOP

ROSE-HULMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - Terre Haute, Indiana

This fall we launched a new degree program in Biomathematics. This major (and minor) includes coursework in mathematics, biomathematics, biology, and computer science. This program is only one of roughly 30-40 undergraduate programs in the country, and we have already had students become interested in pursuing the degree. Dave Goulet and Allen Holder were the developers of this program, spending two years on its development and approval. They will be joined by Yosi Shibberu as the primary faculty in the biomathematics courses.

Four members of the department are on sabbatical during the upcoming year: Ralph Grimaldi will be developing material for teaching graph theory and discrete mathematics to Biology and Biomedical Engineering students as well as conducting research in Fibonacci and Catalan numbers. Allen Holder will be spending the year at Lancaster University in the UK as a visiting scholar in the Department of Management Science. He also will periodically visit colleagues in the Department of Biotechnology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Leanne Holder will also be in Lancaster, UK, exploring outreach programs and mathematical pedagogy. She will also collaborate will colleagues at Ghent University in Belgium on conic blocking set/4-design problems. Allen Broughton will spend the spring quarter engaging in research in the area of Riemann surfaces at both Linkoping University (Sweden) and UNED (Spain).

We have added one new Visiting Assistant Professor and retained two others Visiting Assistant Professors to the department: Felicia Tabing recently finished her Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a research interest in algebraic topology. Nate Chenette and Mark Panaggio return for a second year as Visiting Assistant Professors.

Allen Holder was awarded our Board of Trustee's Outstanding Scholar Award at Commencement in May.     TOP

TRINE UNIVERSITY - Angola, Indiana

We welcome Nickolas Stull as a new contract faculty member.

On January 28, 2016, Trine will host the 41st Annual High School Mathematics Competition on its main campus for 20 area high school participants.

Congratulations to three faculty members in the Math and Informatics Department on completing their doctorates:

  • Bill Barge
    Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management with specialization in Digital Communication;
    Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN; May 2015
    Ph.D. Dissertation: A Model of Packet Loss caused by Interference between the Bluetooth Low Energy Component of an iOS Wearable Body Area Network and Residential Microwave Ovens
  • Nickolas Stull
    Doctor of Mathematics;
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; August 2015
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Unique continuation from infinity for perturbations of complex hyperbolic space Field/Research Interests: Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations, Scattering Theory, Geometric Analysis
  • Christina Zumbrun
    Doctor of Mathematics Education
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI: June 2015
    Ph.D. Dissertation: Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Attitudes and Beliefs toward Statistics: Developing an Initial Profile
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VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY - Valparaiso, Indiana

Faculty News: Dr. Jonny Stephenson completed a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor and moved on to the University of Waterloo. Dr. Rini Oktavia finished a two year term as a Lecturer, and returned home to Indonesia. Joseph Haines (M.A in Secondary Education was hired as a Lecturer. Newly hired adjunct instructors are Shane Smith (M.S. Applied Statistics and an Indiana Wesleyan graduate) and Marjorie Brewer (M.S. Curriculum and Instruction and a Valparaiso University graduate).

Summer Research: (1) Alex Capaldi, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, Tiffany Kolba, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, and Lara Pudwell, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, have each mentored a team of undergraduates from other institutions on research projects funded by the National Science Foundation for the past two months. On July 23, they attended the 2015 Indiana Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference held at Indiana University-Bloomington. Professor CapaldiÂ’s team spoke on "An Agent-Based Model Simulating a Reintroduction of the Extinct Passenger Pigeon Under Varying Resource Availability," Professor Kolba's team spoke on "Noise-Induced Stabilization of Stochastic Differential Equations," and Professor Pudwell's team spoke on "Pattern Avoidance in Reverse Double Lists."

(2) Eight undergraduate students from the Mathematics and Science Education Enrollment and Development (MSEED) program, an NSF-funded initiative at Valparaiso University to recruit and train highly qualified future math and science high school teachers, participated in research or curriculum development projects during Summer 2015. Jim Caristi, professor of computer science, mentored a research project titled "Designing a Self-reversing Track Layout with TrackMaster Tracks," with juniors Breanna Struss and Seth Hamilton. Tiffany Kolba, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, mentored a research project titled "Probabilistic Analysis of Polyovulation," with juniors Kaylyn Banaszak and Anna Kaniewski. Karl Schmitt, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, mentored a research project titled "Network Visualization and Graph Inference Algorithms," with junior Brittany Reynolds. Mindy Capaldi, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, mentored a curriculum development project related to geometry with senior Nathan Underwood. Melissa Desjarlais, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, mentored a curriculum development project focused on our Quantitative Problem Solving course with senior Katie Merkling. A local high school teacher mentored a third curriculum development project with senior Spencer Skees.     TOP

WABASH COLLEGE - Crawfordsville, Indiana

Profs. Bob Foote is on sabbatical this year.

Two visiting assistant professors, Timothy All and Deborah Vicinsky, have joined the department for the year. Prof. All received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from The Ohio State University. He comes to Wabash from a visiting position at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Prof. Vicinsky received her B.S. in Mathematics from Bucknell Univeristy and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon.     TOP

 

 
 
 

 

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