Mathematics Faculty

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Jeffrey Heath

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Associate Professor of Mathematics • Chair of the Mathematics Program Mathematics Work Wiseman—102 Work Phone: 859.238.5407
Biography

Jeffrey Heath joined Centre’s faculty in 2007, and became associate professor of mathematics in 2013. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. His research interests include sports analytics and applied statistics in pharmacology.

Heath graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown College with a B.S. in mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and scientific computation from the University of Maryland, where he served as a teaching fellow in the mathematics department.

File last updated: 8/7/13

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Joel Kilty

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Associate Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Work Olin Hall—118 Work Phone: 859.238.5916 Website: Personal website:
Biography

Joel Kilty is associate professor of mathematics. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2009.

His research interests include boundary value problems on non-smooth domains, harmonic analysis, Navier-Stokes equations, and numerical partial differential equations.

Kilty received a B.A. in mathematics from Asbury College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky.

File last updated: 8/27/15

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Alex Martin McAllister

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H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics • Chair of Science and Mathematics Division Mathematics Work Olin Hall—119 Work Phone: 859.238.5408 Website: Personal Website:
Biography

Alex McAllister joined the Centre College faculty in 1999, and is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics. In 2009, he received the Kirk Teaching Award, and has been honored as a Centre Scholar both in 2005 and in 2010. He has prior teaching experience as a visiting assistant professor at Dartmouth College and a graduate instructor at the University of Notre Dame. McAllister was also a research assistant at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

McAllister’s scholarly interests include mathematical logic and foundations, and computability theory. His articles have been published in the Archive for Mathematical Logic, the Journal of Symbolic Logic, and the Mathematical Logic Quarterly. In 2009, Oxford University Press published A Transition to Advanced Mathematics: A Survey Course, which McAllister co-authored with William Johnston of Randolph-Macon College.

McAllister holds a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Mu Epsilon.

File last updated: 8/29/13

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EXPERT: Mathematical logic — Foundations and computability theory

Research interests in mathematical logic and foundations and computability theory. Articles published in Archive for Mathematical Logic and the Journal of Symbolic Logic.

Sarah Murray

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Associate Professor of Education Education Work Crounse—454 Work Phone: 859.238.5376
Biography

Sarah Murray is an associate professor of education at Centre.

Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, Murray was support assistant to the Committee for Mathematics Achievement, a state level committee. She has taught at the secondary and college levels for several years. She has worked with teachers and students as a K-12 mathematics resource coordinator, and with the Appalachian Math and Science Partnership.

She received her B.A. in mathematics from Western Kentucky University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Kentucky University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kentucky.

To read about Murray’s published work, click here.

File last updated: 8/6/13

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Ellen Swanson

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Assistant Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Work Olin Hall—112 Work Phone: 859.238.6065
Biography

Ellen Swanson is an assistant professor of mathematics. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2012.

Her research interests include using partial differential equation and modeling to better understand fluid flow. Her work is used to help develop better medical treatments for lungs, for example treatment of cystic fibrosis. She enjoys incorporating undergraduates in the work and strives to offer them opportunities to see connections between math, numerical techniques, and experiments.

Swanson has a B.S. in mathematics from Wittenberg University. She earned an M.S. in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University. She completed a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University.

File last updated: 10/16/13

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Lesley Wiglesworth

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Associate Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Work Wiseman—103 Work Phone: 859.238.5917
Biography

Lesley Wiglesworth joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is associate professor of mathematics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.

Her research interests are in discrete mathematics and more specifically combinatorics and graph theory. She enjoys studying visibility graphs, a type of graph with applications to circuit layout design. Most recently, Wiglesworth worked on a problem involving the game-acquisition number of graphs with a student at Centre.

She graduated magna cum laude from Transylvania University with a B.A. in mathematics. She earned her M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics from the University of Louisville.

File last updated: 5/2/13

John Wilson

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H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics Mathematics Work Olin Hall—111 Work Phone: 859.238.5409
Biography

John Wilson is professor of mathematics at Centre College, where he has taught since 1985. He has held a Stodghill Professorship in Science since its inception in 2004. He currently serves as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Wilson’s research interests is focused toward using mathematics to develop more efficient and reliable methods of transmitting and storing information. He has encouraged Centre students to collaborate in this research.

Wilson holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina.

To view a video about Dr. Wilson’s course that connects mathematics with blown glass ornaments, click here.

File last updated: 8/8/13

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