§ Faculty Updates§
Curious what your faculty are up to outside of the
classroom? Here are some updates that will fill you in on
some of the things we are doing when we are not teaching!
This list is by no means exhaustive, rather it highlights
some of our favorite things. To find out more details
about a particular faculty member's activities, please
speak to them.
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Talks and Workshops
- Dr. Yackel and Dr. Beier
gave teaching talks at the 2013 Joint Mathematics
Meetings. Dr. Nelson served on a panel
about starting statistics minors. Dr. Beier
also organized a special session on Algebraic
Combinatorics and Represenetation Theory.
- Dr. Symington gave a short course at
the Women and Math program at the Institute for Advanced
Study in Princeton. She also gave two talks on geometry
at Tulane in 2012.
- Dr. Yackel spoke at and had art work
exhibited at Gathering 4 Gardner X and Bridges Towson
this year. In addition she conducted three temari
workshops! They were at Kennesaw State Unviersity, in
Macon, and at the Bridges Family Day.
- Dr. Symington and Dr. Herink attended
MathFest. Ask them about the neat things that they
- Dr. Symington gave a series of
introductory talks on symplectic geometry at a Summer
School in May 2011 at Ohio State. These talks were an
introduction to graduate students in geometric group
theory as a part of a workshop titlded "Examples of
Geometries", which ran for two weeks. By design the
majority of presenters and students were women.
- Dr. Herink gave a talk about
alternating sums at the annual meeting of the
Southeastern Section of the MAA (2009).
- Dr. Yackel was invited to give talks
at both Spelman and Saint Mary's College of Maryland's
colloquia on Math and the Fiber Arts (2008-09).
- Dr. Symington gave five lectures
(2009) at the graduate student workshop, "Introduction
to Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Technology", at
MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute). She
also attended the "Connections Workshop for Women" on
the same topic.
- Dr. Malagon and Dr. Beier
were selected as 2009 - 2010 Project NExT Fellows.
- Dr. Malagon gave a talk at a
"Quadratic Forms and Linear Algebraic Groups" workshop
in Oberwolfach, Germany (2009).
- Dr. Howard was an invited as a
panelist on "Transitioning from Student to Faculty" at
the "Conference of Morehouse Men of Matheamatics"
- Dr. Yackel was invited to give a
workshop in Spring of 2008 on "Knitting and Mathematics"
at the MD/DC/VA section meeting of the MAA (Mathematical
Association of America).
- Dr. Herink gave a talk called "A
Combinatorial Interpretation of a Modified Version of
the Fibonacci Polynomials" at the Southeastern Section
Meeting of the MAA at the Citadel (2008).
- Dr. Symington travelled to South
Africa to collaborate with David Gay at the University
of Cape Town. While there she gave a talk at AIMS, the
African Institute fo Mathematical Sciences in
Muizenberg, South Africa (2008).
- Dr. Herink gave a tlak called "A
Class of Groups Related to Sudoku" at the Southeastern
Section Meeting of the MAA (2007).
- Dr. Symington gave talks at the
"International Conference on Toric Topology" in Osaka,
Japan and at the "Workshop in Geometry" a tthe Chinese
University of Hong Kong (2006).
- The faculty who attended this year's (2013) Joint
Mathematics Meetings include: Dr. Nelson, Dr.
Yackel, Dr. Reinkoester and Dr.
Beier. Ask them about the new mathematics
- Dr. Beier attended SAGE Days Combinat
at the IMA, the Institute for Mathematics and its
- Dr. Herink attended the 2012
- Several faculty attended this year's (2012) Joint
Mathematics Meetings including: Dr. Hartfield,
Dr. McIlwain, Dr. Nelson and Dr.
Beier. Ask them about the fantastic things
- Dr. Yackel attended a MAA PREP
workshop on geometry and art (2011).
- Dr. Beier attended a CBMS workshop on
Deformation Algebras and a BIRS workshop on algebraic
combinatorics during the Summer of 2011.
- Two faculty, Dr. Symington and Dr.
Beier, attended MathFest in 2010. Dr.
Symington also completed a mini-course focusing on the
use of a program called SAGE while Dr. Beier finished
her Project NExT fellowship.
- Dr. Beier attended a CBMS conference
on Quiver Varieties & Crystal Bases for Quantum
Affine Algebras in May 2010.
- As usual several faculty attended this year's (2010)
Joint Mathematics Meetings. Faculty attending include: Dr.
Hartfield, Dr. Herink, Dr.
Malagon, Dr. Yackel, and Dr.
Beier. At the meetings, Dr. Malagon
is helping to organize a special session on "Recruiting
and Retaining Math Majors through Community Building". Dr.
Beier is an organizer of a special session on
"Alternative Forms of Assessment".
- Dr. Yackel went to the Bridges
conference (2009) and is attneding the Gathering 4
Gardner 9 Conference (2009).
- Dr. Malagon attended the first
Southeastern Lie Theory Workshop at NC State University
in Raleigh (2009).
- Several faculty attended MathFest 2009 including Dr.
Yackel, Dr. Malagon, and Dr.
- Dr. Beier (2009) attended the “Summer
School and Conference in Geometric Representation Theory
and Extended Affine Lie Algebras” at University of
Ottawa. Her travel was funded by an AWM travel grant.
- Dr. Symington attended the NSF-CBMS
conference on "Tropical Geometry & Mirror Symmetry"
held at Kansas State University (2008) and the MSRI
workshop in "Low-dimensional Topolgy" in honor of Rob
Kirby's 70th birthday.
- Dr. Symington has run week-long
summer workshops (2007-2009) to help 3rd-12th grade
teachers from Coffe and Atkinson County better
understand the mathematics in the new "Georgia
Performance Standards in Mathematics". This work has
been in collaboration with Marsha Sanders-Leigh from
Georgia Tech and been funded by Teacher Quality Grants.
- Dr. Symington(2008-2009) organized
Mercer student/faculty outreach to the math club at
Miller Middle School.
- Dr. Yackel served three years
(2007-2009) as chairperson on the Committee for
Participation of Women of the MAA and as a member of the
Council on the Profession of the MAA.
- Dr. Beier is serving a four year term
(2009-2012) on the AWM Essay Contest Committee.
- Dr. Beier, Dr. Denny,
and Dr. Howard organized a series of
workshops for students, faculty, and local educators
during the 2008-2009 school year on computational
thinking. Dr. Panoff from the Shodor Education
Foundation was the featured speaker.
- Dr. Howard was on sabbatical in Fall
2012 and Dr. Symington is on
sabattical in Spring 2013. Ask Dr. Howard about his
work! We look forward ot hearing about what Dr.
Symington has been working on!
- Dr. Herink was on sabbatical in
Spring 2012. He worked on translating a mathematical
work into English. Ask him about it.
- Dr. McIlwain spent a sabbatical in
2010-2011 working on graph theory!
- Dr. Howard ran the 2009 Southeastern
Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations.
This conference was funded by the National Science
- Dr. Nelson is on sabbatical this year
(2009-2010). He is earning a Masters in Statistics at
the University of Georgia.
- Dr. Denny spent a sabattical (2008)
at the Mercer University Medical School working on
modeling how the heart heals after a heart attack.