Autumn 2001
PNWMAA Newsletter
Portland Meeting
Proposed Alaska Meeting
Section Logo Contest
Project NExT
Section Bylaws
Notes from the Chair
Treasurer's Report
News From You
New Faces
Section Officers


New Faces Around the Section

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.

Pacific Lutheran 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 PDE's. 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.

Seattle 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 Methods.

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 combinatorics.

The University 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.

Western Washington 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 earth sciences.

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 signal analysis.

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.


Copyright © 2001
Pacific Northwest Section, Mathematical Association of America.
Send questions or comments to Brian Gill, Newsletter Editor, or call (206) 281-2954.