COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students


Mostafa Rezapour has received the Craft Family Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences
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Mostafa Rezapour has been selected to receive the Craft Family Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Arnold M. and Atsuko (Onda) Craft to support hard-working students financially and help them become thoughtful and well-informed citizens who pass enlightenment on to others.


Assistant Professor Will Hall receives WSU New Faculty Seed Grant

Assistant Professor Will Hall has received a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant for proposed research in mathematics education. The aim of Professor Hall's project is to improve preservice secondary mathematics teachers’ professional identity by (1) connecting them with education professionals via a regional mathematics education conference and (2) having them explicitly investigate their developing professional identity by conducting an autoethnography on what it means to be a mathematics teacher.


Rocio Sotomayor receives WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award For Advancing Equity

WSU Vancouver senior instructor Rocio Sotomayor has received the WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award For Advancing Equity. This award honors a faculty or staff member for helping to infuse equity-mindedness throughout the campus and/or helping to build and maintain a safe, welcoming campus environment.


Elissa Schwartz receives funding from
the WSU Center for Arts and Humanities

Associate Professor Elissa Schwartz has been awarded funding for this coming summer from the Douglas J. Epperson Social Justice Fund from the WSU Center for Arts and Humanities for her proposed work on remedying the “Leaky Pipeline” of women in STEM. Her plan includes development of a workshop and forum to connect underrepresented trainees from WSU and abroad (particularly Africa) with professional development opportunities. This joint venture leverages the interdisciplinary faculty of the WSU Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, other faculty and researchers at WSU with expertise in mathematics and science, and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.


Two faculty selected as members of the Provost's Teaching Academy

Professsor Bala Krishnamoorthy and Assistant Professor William Hall have been chosen as new members of the Provost's Teaching Academy. As described on WSU's website, "Membership in the Academy is limited to a select number of faculty with academic responsibilities at the university who have records of sustained excellence in teaching and are recognized for innovation and scholarship in teaching and learning. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to provide university-wide advocacy; human capital and expertise; and resources to enable the faculty of Washington State University to involve students in transformative learning experiences."

It is an honor for Professors Krishnamoorthy and Hall and an honor for the department that they have been selected to this distinguished group.


Five department members receive 2020 College of Arts and Sciences awards
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    Dr. Sandra Cooper Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy Photo of Emily Lewis
    Jave Pascual is the new director of CISER
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    Associate Professor Jave Pascual is the new director of The Consortium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Education and Research (CISER). Dr. Pascual replaces Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta who recently became director of Data Analytics. "I always believe that the development of statistical methodology should be motivated by questions on how to properly collect data, analyze it, and derive conclusions from it.  CISER is a perfect venue for researchers across WSU campuses to discuss such issues.  I am excited by the opportunity to be of assistance to WSU researchers and actively participate in such collaborative activities."

    Dr. Pascual received his doctorate in statistics from Iowa State University under the guidance of Prof. Bill Meeker, and his research has been mainly in reliability/survival analysis and process monitoring. He looks forward to broadening and expanding CISER's visibility and engagement within the WSU community.


    Bala Krishnamoorthy gives TEDx talk on "Discovering hidden structure
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    TED Talks are all about "Ideas Worth Spreading," and Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy, WSU Vancouver, recently gave a TEDx Talk on, "Discovering hidden structure in big data" for the TEDxYouth in Camas, Washington. If you would like to view the talk click here.


    Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - Director of Data Analytics
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    Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta, has been appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as Director of Data Analytics for the next two years. Professor Dasgupta replaces Nella Ludlow who left to take a position at Wright State University. Read the WSU Insider article for more information.


    August 16, 2019 Faculty Promotions

    Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy has received the WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence

    WSU Vancouver associate professor Bala Krishnamoorthy has received the WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award for Research. The Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a WSU Vancouver faculty member whose research quality and quantity are exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the university’s highest research honor. Click here to read about Dr. Krishnamoorthy.


    Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has received a CAS 2019 Award
    photo of Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta with Dean Jockers and Department Chair Chuck Moore

    Pictured above left to right: Dean Jockers, Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta, and department chair Charles Moore.
    Professor Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has received the CAS 2019 faculty teaching award for "Excellence in Graduate Advising and Mentoring."

    Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta is the recipient of a 2019 WSU President's Award
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    Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta is the recipient of a 2019 WSU President's Award. To read about the award and Dr. Dasgupta click here.


    Dr. Judi McDonald has received a CAS 2019 award and has also been named asssociate dean of the WSU Graduate School
    photo of Dr. Judi McDonald with Dean Jockers and Department Chair Chuck Moore Pictured above left to right: Dean Jockers, Dr. Dasguta, department chair Charles Moore.
    Professor Judi McDonald has received the CAS 2019 faculty service award for "Excellence in Institutional Service," and has also been named associate dean of the WSU Graduate School, a position she will begin on March 18. As a professor in the department since 2002, she has served as the committee chair and advisor for more than 20 graduate students, and published more than 40 peer‑reviewed papers as well as co‑authored a very successful textbook on introductory linear algebra. She has served in leadership roles in the Faculty Senate, including Chair of the Faculty Senate in the 2017‑18 academic year, and has served on countless university‑wide committees. Her responsibilities as an associate dean will overlap with those of Lori Carris as she transitions out of her administrative roles, specifically as the liaison to the Faculty Senate’s Graduate Studies Committee and liaison to the Provost’s Office on proposals for new and revised graduate programs. She will also take the lead on evaluation and oversight for Graduate School policies and procedures.


    Dr. Kimberly Vincent has been appointed as the Associate Director of Region One of the Washington State Mathematics Council

    Dr. Kimberly Vincent has been appointed by the Board of the Washington State Mathematics Council to be the Associate Director of Region 1, which is Northwest Washington State and is comprised of the following counties: Adams, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman. She will be responsible to the membership of her region by: representing them at the meetings of the board of directors', recruiting new members, arranging for the regional high school mathematics contests, and coordinating other activities of the council. The Washington State Mathematics Council is a professional organization that exists to promote and influence mathematics education. The membership is committed to developing, supporting, and encouraging opportunities that lead to quality mathematics curricula and effective instruction. WSMC promotes high professional standards and serves as a communication network for anyone interested in mathematics education.


    Dr. Sergey Lapin has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the WSU Greek Community

    Dr. Sergey Lapin has received an Arete Outstanding Faculty Award from the WSU Greek Community. Each year the WSU Greek Community selects three WSU faculty to receive this award. A student from one of the honors classes he teaches said, "I have taken four of his math courses and they are always my favorite for the semester," adding that he helps everyone through classes and wants everyone to understand the material. “The Arête Awards are a great opportunity for our university administration and the Greek councils to recognize outstanding Greek chapters and members within our community,” said 2009 Panhellenic President Ali Scott.


    Nikolaos Voulgarakis promoted to Associate Professor
    Nikolaos Voulgarakis
    Dr. Voulgarakis is a member of the WSU Pullman faculty. His research deals with stochastic processes, nonlinear dynamics, computational fluid dynamics and multiscale modeling. Read more about Dr. Voulgarakis and his research.


    Nikolay Strigul promoted to Associate Professor
    Nikolay Strigul
    Dr. Strigul is a member of the WSU Vancouver mathematics faculty. He conducts interdisciplinary research across traditional disciplinary boundaries at the interface of applied mathematics, statistics and biology. Read more about Dr. Strigul and his research.


    Sergey Lapin has received an award from the Honors College
    Sergey Lapin
    "For outstanding commitment to the students of the Honors College," Dr. Sergey Lapin has received an Honors Faculty Award from the Honors College.
    Ralph Chikhany has received the 2018 GPSA Graduate Student Instructor Excellence Award and a GPSA Senator of the Year Award
    Ralph Chikhany holding the award

    The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Graduate Student Instructor Excellence award has been given to mathematics graduate student Ralph Chikhany. An ‘excellent’ Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) is one that is consistently prepared for class and has prepared lecture and/or discussion material that is able to last the entire class period. The GSI also should demonstrate knowledge on the subject being taught, as seen in the content of the lectures and/or discussions, as well as knowledge of questions posed by the students. An ‘excellent’ GSI should also demonstrate an active interest in the success of his/her students by the availability of office hours, responsiveness to student emails, fair and timely grading of exams and/or assignments, and outreach to students who are struggling in the course. The ‘excellent’ GSI should also be rated as an outstanding instructor by other faculty and students alike. Ralph also received one of three GPSA Senator of the Year Awards.


    Dean Johnson
    Dean Johnson

    Associate Clinical Professor Dean Johnson has been elected to serve on the Statistical Consulting Council of Sections for 2019-2021 to advance the interests of the association and its members. The Statistical Consulting Council of Sections is part of the American Statistical Association (ASA).


    Faculty Receive ASWSU Appreciation Awards

    The Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) held their fifth annual Faculty & Staff Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 10th. The ceremony was conducted in the Elson S. Floyd Multicultural Center. Candidates for awards were nominated by students, and the award recipients were then chosen from those candidates by a student committee.

    Marc Evans
    Professor Marc Evans has received an award for Outstanding Open Educational Resources (OER) Usage. This award is given to faculty who have made substantial efforts to utilize Open Educational Resources in their courses. Dr. Evans received the award for the materials he uses in Stat 512.

    Mark Lesperance
    Instructor Mark Lesperance has received an Exceptional Professor Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. He was one of four Arts and Sciences faculty recognized for their commitment to teaching and student success.


    Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - American Statistical Association (ASA) - Elected Fellow
    Jan Dasgupta

    Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has been selected as an American Statistical Association (ASA) Elected-Fellow. To be selected for this prestigious award, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. Only one-third of one percent of total association members may be elected each year.