Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Office: East Hall 317
BA, Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University, 2001
BS, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 2001
MA, Mathematics, Indiana University, 2002
PhD, Mathematics, Indiana University, 2006
Research & Scholarly interests
My scholarly interests are varied. I maintain an interest in the interplay of geometry and topology in mathematics, particularly in the study of minimal surfaces. In order to be more amenable to cooperative student research, I have also explored topics relating mathematics and politics, shortest paths on polyhedra, and even Sudoku.
(with A. Neath, J. Cavanaugh) Model evaluation, discrepancy function estimation, and social choice theory. Comp. Statistics. 30 (2015), no. 1, 231-249.
A real-life data project for an interdisciplinary math and politics course. PRIMUS, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. (2012) 23:1, 13–24.
A note on some bounds for permanents of (0, 1)-matrices. J. Interdiscip. Math. 12 (2009), no. 1, 123–128.
Deformations of the gyroid and Lidinoid minimal surfaces. Pacific J. Math. 235 (2008), no. 1, 137–171.
American Physical Society March Meeting, Deformations of the gyroid and Lidinoid minimal surfaces using flat structures, March 2015
ASQ Education Division “Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference”, Grand Valley State University, Intel Math Connections: A Three Year Study, June 2013
Mathfest (Mathematical Association of America national meeting), Students, Sudoku, permanents, and combinatorial proof: An upper bound for permanents of (0, 1)-matrices, August 2009
AMS Central Section meeting; special session on minimal and CMC surfaces, Gyroids, Lidinoids, and the moduli space of embedded triply periodic minimal surfaces of genus 3 , April 2008
Service to profession and university
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville representative to the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Committee, Fall 2011
Presenter for various Teen Science Café, school programs, and Math Teachers’ Circles
Past board member of the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Reviewer for various mathematics journals and grants