April 12th, 2013
Every year the Teaching and Learning Center honors up to five faculty for innovations in their teaching. This year’s winners span the sciences, the arts, literature and mathematics, but all share the dedication to teaching and the willingness to take risks that result in better student learning.
Find out more about the innovative work of Christa Colyer (chemistry), Cynthia Gendrich (theater), Grace Wetzel (English), Jack Dostal (physics), Stewart Carter (music) and Sarah Mason (mathematics). Continue reading »
Ross A. Griffith and Ixavier A. Higgins, graduate student assistant, co-presented “What Drives Student Satisfaction?” at the conference of the North and South Carolina Associations for Institutional Research (NCAIR and SCAIR) in Charleston, S.C., on March 3.
The presentation can be accessed at: http://www.wfu.edu/ir/docs/ncair2013.pptx.
April 10th, 2013
Bob Plemmons (’61), Z. Smith Reynolds professor of mathematics and computer science, has been selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
The fellowship honors SIAM members who have made outstanding contributions to the fields served by the organization.
“Being selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics means a lot to me in terms of accomplishments as I retire from teaching at Wake Forest, although my research activities will continue for a few more years,” Plemmons said. “This Society has been my home professional organization throughout my academic career, spanning forty-seven years and four universities, with the last twenty-three spent at my alma mater, Wake Forest.”
The focus for SIAM is applied, computational and industrial mathematics, and the society often promotes its acronym as “Science and Industry Advance with Mathematics.” It was founded in 1950 in Philadelphia and currently has more than 15,000 members worldwide.
“My research is centered around applied research directly addressed by SIAM,” Plemmons said, “and I’ve been a very active member over the years in terms of administration and conference organizing.”
Congratulations to Stephen B. Robinson, professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “SEARCDE 2012 Conference” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
February 22nd, 2013 |
Congratulations to Robert James Plemmons, Reynolds professor of math, whose proposal entitled “Comprehensive Space-Object Characterization using Spectrally Compressive Polarimetric Imaging” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the University of New Mexico (WFU funding agency).
December 7th, 2012 |
Congratulations to Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “Invariant Theory of Artin-Schelter Regular Algebras” has been funded by the Simons Foundation.
November 30th, 2012 | Faculty News
Congratulations to Sarah Raynor, associate professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “Asymptotic Behavior of Solutions to Nonlinear Dispersive Equations” has been funded by the Simons Foundation.
November 28th, 2012 |
Professor of Mathematics Ellen Kirkman has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013. This is the program’s first year, and the inaugural class of 1,119 represents more than 600 institutions.
“This is the first group of AMS fellows who have been elected,” Kirkman said. “It is a distinguished group of mathematicians, and I am honored to be chosen. It’s nice to be recognized by one’s peers.”
The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. The goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.
The AMS is the world’s largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship, and education.
The initial class of Fellows of the AMS in its entirety can be found here.
Kirkman joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1975.
Frank Moore, mathematics
August 12th, 2011 | Faculty News
Congratulations to Professor Frank Moore, whose proposal entitled “Intensive Workshop in 2012 for Macaulay2 Package Development” was funded by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Ellen Kirkman, mathematics
June 29th, 2011 | Faculty News
Congratulations to professor Ellen Kirkman, whose proposal entitled “Invariant Theory of Artin-Schelter Regular Algebras” has been funded by the Simons Foundation.
Mathematics’ Kirkman wins service award
April 19th, 2011 | Faculty News
Longtime mathematics professor Ellen Kirkman has received an award for outstanding service from the Mathematical Association of America.
Kirkman received the MAA’s Southeastern Section Distinguished Service Award. She was recognized for her long service to Wake Forest and to the MAA. The MAA’s Southeastern Section represents five states and more than 200 colleges and universities.
“Throughout her career Ellen has been willing to take on important and demanding projects for the math department, for Wake Forest, and for national organizations such as the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America,” said Professor and Chair of Mathematics Steve Robinson. “Her list of accomplishments in all of these arenas is beyond being impressive. I find it particularly remarkable that, even with her many service accomplishments, she has consistently maintained high standards as a teacher and scholar.”
Kirkman, who is also director of the graduate program in mathematics, joined the faculty in 1975. She received the University’s Schoonmaker Award for Service in 2007.
She has served in a number of leadership roles with the national MAA and with the Southeastern Section of the MAA, and with the American Mathematical Society.
The MAA has recognized three Wake Forest professors in the last three years. Last year, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jason Parsley received the MAA’s Southeastern Section Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. In 2009, Professor of Mathematics Hugh Howards won the MAA’s Distinguished Teaching Award for the Southeastern Section.
– By Kerry M. King (’85), Office of Communications and External Relations
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