Welcome New Fall 2014 Faculty
Shiv Karunakaran has joined the department as an assistant professor. Shiv earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on mathematics education in 2014 from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, he earned a masters degree in mathematics from Miami University of Ohio and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wabash College. His research interests are rooted in undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning of mathematics. He is especially interested in the reasoning and proving processes. When Shiv is not on campus, he enjoys sharing the outdoors with his fiancee Monica and their dog Bella.
Esther Klosterman has joined the department as an instructor teaching Math 105 and 106. She is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho with a Masters in Mathematics. Esther is a WSU alum, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Esther is married to Peter Klosterman who is also part of the WSU Math Department. When she was young math often brought her to tears, but during her high school years she said something changed, and her love for math grew until it was all she wanted to study. She looks forward to teaching Math 105 and 106, and hopes to instill a love for mathematics in her students.
Mark Lesperance has joined the department as an instructor teaching Introductory Statistics and Business Calculus. Prior to this Mark taught at Kansas State University for 24 years, first as a graduate teaching assistant, then as an instructor. He taught numerous service courses over the years ranging from college algebra to differential equations. For the last 17 years, Mark has focused on courses related to actuarial science. Along with Dr. Charles Moore, Chair of the WSU Mathematics Department, Mark was instrumental in establishing the Actuarial Studies Program at Kansas State University and he hopes to help expand the existing program at WSU. Along with teaching part-time, Mark has worked in the actuarial field for the last 16 years. Currently, he is Senior Crop Insurance Analyst for Producers Agriculture Insurance Company. In his spare time, Mark enjoys baking and spending time with his wife and step-daughter. He is excited about new opportunities at WSU and looks forward to exploring the Palouse.
Kazuo Yamazaki has joined the department as a postdoc focusing on biological and financial mathematics. His past research interest has focused on the study of partial differential equations in fluid mechanics such as the Navier-Stokes equations using harmonic and stochastic analysis tools. He is a recent PhD graduate from Oklahoma State University. He grew up in Japan and moved with his family to California at the age of ten. He decided to study mathematics after working for one year in finance. He received several awards and fellowship as a graduate student. His love of mathematics is evident in his constant activity in research, and he looks forward to collaborating with other faculty members at Washington State University.
Assistant Professor Elissa Schwartz and Clinical Associate Professor Sergey Lapin Analyze the Numbers - Determine Best Way to Control H1N1 Influenza Virus
When the first cases of the H1N1 influenza virus hit WSU in 2009, assistant professor Elissa Schwartz was teaching her students about the behavior of epidemics in a closed population. Using real live data, they simulated transmission of the influenza virus to analyze its infection rate thereby determining the best way to contain it. The first author on this study was Lydia Miller (MS Math 2013), and co-authors are Clinical Associate Professor Sergey Lapin, Mindy Morgan (MS Math 2013), and School of Biological Sciences grad student, Therese Jones. Elissa presented the findings at the Society for Mathematical Biology annual meeting in Osaka, Japan, in July 2014.
Read more >> Washington State Magazine, or WSU News.
Future Assistant Professor Leslie Lee is Quoted in Nature Article
Assistant Professor Leslie Lee, who will be joining the WSU Vancouver faculty in January 2015, has been interviewed for a report from the International Marine Conservation Congress in Nature.
Read more >> Ecotourism rise hits whales. Nature, August 28, 2014.
New Administrative Manager
Keith Foster, former Chief Financial Officer for the Community Colleges of Spokane, has accepted the department's administrative manager position. He returns to WSU having previously worked in the WSU College of Sciences Dean's Office under three former Deans' (Bob Nylan, Leo Radziemski, and Mike Griswold). Please stop by his office in Neill 111 and say hello!
Sergey Lapin - AIM Award
Sergey Lapin recently received an AIM Award for an AIM SQuaRE Workshop on "Ocular Blood Flow and Its Role in Development of Glaucoma." The workshop was held in Palo Alto, CA in March of this year. To read more about the award please click here.