Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Combinatorics, Matroids, Graph Theory
I recently co-authored this opinion piece on diversity.
Math Day is held in the fall for high school student to come to UM to have a unique math experience! The Missoula Math Circle is an afterschool prorgam that meets both locally and remotely to continue the math experience from math day. We have a lot of fun doing things like playing tic tac toe on a torus, constructing aerodynamic airplanes, or investigating infinity! For more information: http://www.math.umt.edu/mathcircle/program.html .
Fall 2016: C&I 194 Freshman Seminar
Summer 2016 Schwanke Institute M 191 Discrete Math
Fall 2014: M 191 Fairness and Social Justice
As the Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, I am focused on student success, opportunities for faculty and staff, and in connecting with our alumni and friends. On-going projects in the College of Humanities and Sciences include:
- Establishing a College Ambassador Program, a leadership program for students in the College. Funding for our pilot program was provided by the generous support of the H&S Advisory Board,
- Creation of the Take a Student to Lunch Program to better connect faculty and students,
- Analysis of the bridge program Success in Science for freshman in the sciences to determine what factors aid in increased retention. The program was partially funded with a MT Space Grant to offer scholarships for Montanans,
- Creating and modifying the College’s Freshman Seminar,
- Expanding the College’s Returning and Community Scholars Program,
Additionally I continue to work with colleagues at our partner school, University of Gondar in Ethiopia. In particular we have created the University of Gondar and the Unviersity of Montana Women’s Mentoring Network, called GMM connecting facutly at UoG with faculty at UM.
As a mathematician, I study matroids, which are abstractions of finite graphs, geometries or sets of vectors. While matroids are abstract structures, they are exactly what specifies if the greedy algorithm will work. Thus, matroids arise naturally in optimization. Matroids are a part of a branch of mathematics called Combinatorics. Techniques in combinatorics allow us to find a shortest route between two cities, to schedule airplanes (or buses or whatever) in an optimal manner and to schedule workers to jobs (classes to final exam slots or...) optimally.
April 2014 Travel to Ethiopia - U Gondar
Nov 2015 Travel to China - SISU, SOFE, Bejing Normal
April 2018 Travel to Ethiopia as a Fulbright Specialist for Mathematics Education.