Associate Professor, Department Chair
Learn More about Matt Koetz
Teaching Interests: I teach a wide variety of courses from freshmen to seniors, for majors and non-majors. I find the best classes to be those in which the students are engaged and excited, and as a result, my most successful classes tend to also be the loudest.
Research Interests: My research is in algebraic coding theory, specifically the construction of low-density parity check (LDPC) codes using algebraic methods. I am especially interested in the connections between codes and their associated Tanner graphs.
Learn More about Cheri Boyd
Teaching Interests: As a teacher, I have the privilege to engage students from all programs in mathematical problem solving, exploration of the historical development of mathematics, and understanding the concepts and methods of calculus and statistics. My courses for math majors range from linear algebra to geometry to chaos and fractals. My students develop skills in generating examples and counterexamples, proving theorems, using technology to explore mathematics, and writing and communicating technical information clearly.
Research Interests: My research interests include algebraic number theory, type numbers of orders in quaternion algebras, bioinformatics, phylogeny and mathematical biology, inquiry-based learning, and using writing to learn mathematics.
Learn More about Daniel Birmajer
Teaching Interests - I teach a wide variety of courses from elementary statistics to advanced topics in mathematical finance. My teaching paradigm is to engage the students in a hands-on class environment, taking proper advantage of the technological and computational capabilities of our classrooms.
Research Interests - Lately my research has focused on the ring of formal power series and its connection with the p-adic numbers. From this viewpoint, I have done research that connects different topics in mathematics and computer sciences, integrating the algebraic development with a combinatorial and algorithmic approach.
Fern E. Cardella
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C. Yousuf George
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Teaching Interests: I love mathematics and during my time at Nazareth, I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to foster students' interest in an often intimidating subject. every course offers an opportunity to share with students the beauty and elegance that draws us to study mathematics professionally. I hope to convey to all my students that while the algorithms and applications they learn can be interesting ad powerful, at its core mathematics is about thinking and communicating effectively.
Research Interests: My research interests all within the noncommutative geometry program of Alain Connes. Basically, this refers to the application of operator algebra techniques to questions arising from geometry, topology, and representation theory (to name but a few). Of particular interest to me are questions relating to groups and their representations.
More recently, I have become interested in the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to problems arising from sports. I have supervised student research into methods of using regular season data to predict playoff success in the NFL.
Learn More about Nicole Juersivich
Teaching and Research Interests: Myh teaching and research interests are in mathematical problem solving and thinking, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, student and teacher use of multiple representations in the mathematics classroom, and mathematics teacher education. Most recently, I have enjoyed creating and investigating the application features of Visual Basic in Excel to transform spreadsheets into an applet-like environment for teaching mathematics.
Heather Ames Lewis
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Education: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison (Mathematics with a minor in Math Education); M.A. Mathematics, University of Wisconsin - Madison; B.A. Carleton College (Mathematics with a concentration in Medieval Studies)
As a teacher, a certain amount of what I do is practical, showing students already-established ways of answering questions. How much does a $500 credit card purchase really cost if you only make the minimum payments? How much does Godzilla weigh?
Another part of teaching is letting students explore ideas themselves. How are triangles different if you draw them on a sphere instead of on a flat piece of paper? What number patterns do you see in Pascal's triangle? Often, this exploration leads to questions that I might never have thought of: What happens if you change the order of these two numbers or if you use a circle instead of a triangle? Can we find a way to multiply shapes instead of numbers? What would that even mean?
Questions like these are at the heart of mathematics, from its practical applications to the research that still goes on today. Teaching mathematics is about giving students the tools to answer questions, as well as the freedom to ask them.
My mathematics research has been in Algebraic Graph Theory, using the topological ideas of homotopy and fundamental groups to study the cycle structure of graphs. More recently, I am also interested in the mathematics of fiber arts, particularly knitting.
Carrie Loomis Bricco