There have been a number of
changes in the section's Executive Committee this year. After two years as
chair, Jenny McNulty has now moved to the position of past chair, while Michael
Boardman has taken over the office of Section Chair. Brian Gill, one of
the organizers of last spring's section meeting at Seattle Pacific University,
is now the Newsletter Editor.
Also in new positions on the
Executive Committee this year are David Perkinson of Reed College as Vice Chair
for Four Year Colleges, Lynn Trimpe of Linn-Benton Community College as Vice
Chair for Two Year Colleges, and Paul Latiolais and Jeanette Palmiter of
Portland State University as Local Arrangements Chairs for the 2002 section meeting at Portland State University.
There are also many new
faculty this year in mathematics departments throughout the section.
University has two new faculty members this year. Dr. Jessica Slar
completed her Ph.D. this year at the University of Oregon. Dr. Jeffrey
Stuart received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987.
Jeff was at the University of Southern Mississippi before coming to PLU.
Pacific University has hired three new faculty.
Evan Wantland, Ph.D. Auburn University, is their newest computer scientist.
Wantland studies graph theory and has extensive research and teaching
experience. Nancy Neudauer, Ph.D. Wisconsin, studies matroids. Many of you know Neudauer
as an active member of the section and a co-organizer of last year's section
meeting. Bogdana Georgieva, Ph.D. Oregon State University, specializes in
Georgieva has roots in the section having done her undergraduate work at Lewis
& Clark College. She completed her work under the guidance of Ron Guenther
and is a welcome addition to Pacific's mathematics faculty.
Pacific University welcomes Dr. Wai Wah Lau to their
faculty. Wai received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M
University. His research interests include approximation
theory and robotics. Wai was at the University of Nevada at Reno
before coming to SPU.
Two new tenure-track faculty have joined the
Mathematical Sciences Department at the University of
Alaska Anchorage this year.
Dr. Patrick O’Leary comes from the University of Minnesota where he was a
Senior Scientific Computation Specialist at the Supercomputing Institute for
Digital Simulation and Advanced Computation. He has also worked at Los Alamos
National Laboratory, and the NOAA Forecast Systems in Boulder. Dr. O’Leary
obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming, and will teach Computer
Science courses. His current interests are in Scientific Computing, including
Parallel Computing, Scientific Visualization, Image Processing, and Numerical
Dr. Mark Fitch graduated from Clemson University with a Ph.D. in Mathematics
in May 2001 and will teach mathematics courses. He was a Fulbright Scholar in
Germany in 1997-1998, and his primary research interests are geometry and
of Portland welcomes Dr. Carmen Schabel to their faculty.
Carmen received her Ph.D. in mathematics education from Portland State
University in 2001. Her dissertation research involved designing an
instructional model to help students improve their proof-writing abilities and
developing a framework for analyzing students' understanding of number theory
topics. Currently she is coordinating the core mathematics curriculum at
University of Portland and directing the Math Excel program, a program that uses
Treisman-based workshops to supplement students' calculus courses.
University's Department of Mathematics has appointed three new
tenure-track faculty. They are Victor Chan, Mark Lammers and Stephen McDowall.
Dr. Chan obtained his undergraduate degree at
Whitman College, Walla Walla. He subsequently obtained a Masters degree in
atmospheric science from SUNY Stony Brook. He then moved to Iowa State
University, where he recently received his Ph.D. in statistics. His research
interests are primarily in reliability, risk analysis, and statistics in the
Dr. Lammers did his undergraduate work at
Southwest Missouri State University, and completed his Masters and Ph.D. degrees
at the University of Missouri. Most recently he held a visiting position at the
University of South Carolina. His research lies in functional and harmonic
analysis, particularly wavelets and Gabor frames and their applications in
Dr. McDowall is a graduate of the University
of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He completed his doctoral work at the
University of Washington, under the direction of Gunther Uhlmann. He served
three years as a visiting professor at the University of Rochester, and is
spending Fall 2001 at the Math Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley prior to
joining Western Washington University. His research focuses on inverse problems
in partial differential equations.