Autumn 2003
PNWMAA Newsletter

PNWMAA Meeting in Alaska
Project NExT
Section News Briefs
New Faces
MAA PMET Workshops
Section Officers


New Faces around the Section

There are many new faculty this year in mathematics departments throughout the section.

Matanuska Susitna College of University of Alaska Anchorage hired Dr. Jan Vandever from South Dakota State University as an Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Three faculty in the mathematics department at the University of Oregon officially retired last year:  Bruce Barnes, Bill Kantor and Stu Thomas.  These three retirees have been replaced by three new faculty members.  They are Marcin Bownik (Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis), Bernhard Krotz (Ph.D., University of Erlangen), and Alexander Polishchuk (Ph.D., Harvard). 

Assistant Professor Christopher Hallstrom joined the faculty at the University of Portland this fall. Chris received his BA in physics from Reed College (1992); MS and PhD from University of Chicago (1994, 2000) in applied mathematics.  He comes to UOP after a 3-year VIGRE Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University.  His primary research interests are Partial Differential Equations and Fluid Mechanics.

The Seattle University Mathematics Department welcomed two new tenure-track faculty this fall.  Maria K. Robinson came from a three-year Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Arizona.  She received her Ph.D. in low-dimensional topology from Emory University in 2000, and is a Project Next Fellow (2001-2002).  Maria's special interests include directing undergraduate research in knot theory and working toward improvements in undergraduate education.  David Neel, who completed the A.M. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) in Mathematics at Dartmouth College, is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound.  David spent the past three years at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, as Assistant Professor of Mathematics.  His areas of special interest include combinatorics, matroid theory, graph theory, history of mathematics, and writing literary fiction.

Southern Oregon University welcomes Ms. Nancy Imig to their department this year, who will be coordinating and teaching most classes in their developmental math series. Nancy comes most recently from Portland Community College.

Dr. Carol Overdeep joined the mathematics faculty at Western Oregon University in the fall of 2003. She received her doctorate in difference equations from the University of Rhode Island and brings with her extensive industry experience and a MBA.

Willamette University has two faculty hires: Colin Starr and Elizabeth Stanhope.  Liz graduated from Dartmouth in 2002 and spent last year doing a post-doc at the University of  Michigan.  Colin graduated from Kentucky in 1998 and taught for five years at Stephen F. Austin in Texas.  Willamette is searching again this year for another retirement replacement, so they will have another new faculty member next year.



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Pacific Northwest Section, Mathematical Association of America.
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