Department and Alumni News

Graduate student's paper accepted by American Mathematical Society

A research paper co-authored by TWU mathematics graduate student Leila Mirsaleh Kohan and professor Ellina Grigorieva, Ph.D., has been accepted for a 30-minute oral presentation at the Joint Mathematics Meetings AMS Special Session, which will take place January 10-13, 2018, in San Diego.

The paper, titled "Modeling and Control of the Development of Autoimmune Disorder," employs mathematical simulations of autoimmune process dynamics under chronic irradiation to investigate the effects of radiation on the immune system's normal ability to fight diseases. By utilizing the MAPLE program, Kohan and Grigorieva illustrate that autoimmune processes could be accelerated by low dose rate in long chronic irradiation. Their model also can be expanded to simulate the dynamic of autoimmunity in mammals exposed to radiation. Read more >>

2017 Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to the following students for your outstanding academic achievements:

  • Harlan C. Miller Memorial Scholarship - Sarah Herring
  • Ben T. Goldbeck Memorial Scholarship - Linh Nguyen
  • Greater Texas Foundation Endowed Scholarship - Christopher Bevers
  • Maurine Faulkner Endowed Scholarship - Lauren Hassett, Terri Lee Stover, and Hyunbok (Susan) Huh
  • KME Scholarship - Kahlan Edwards
  • Dr. Don E. Edwards Endowed Scholarship - Emily Smith
  • Rose Marie Smith Endowed Scholarship - Amanda Pike
  • Outstanding Graduate Student - Anarjes Alshakhoury

Learn more about TWU's mathematics and computer science scholarship opportunities here.

Alumni Spotlight

TWU mathematics alumna named deputy superintendent of Lewisville ISD

Prior to pursuing a career in educational leadership, Lori Rapp, Ph.D., received her master of science degree in mathematics from Texas Woman's University. Rapp first joined the Lewisville Independent School District in 1996 as a secondary mathematics teacher, and earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University. In addition to her duties as the head of Learning and Teaching at LISD, she will provide oversight for Employee Services and Schools and Student Activities. Read more >>

TWU alumna Megan Gabriel named as finalist for national award

Megan Gabriel is one of five state finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  The 2017 awards recognize seventh through twelfth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. PAEMST is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the US. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 2007 and her master of science in math teaching degree from TWU in 2012.  She teaches pre-AP and dual credit pre-calculus at Denton High School in the Denton Independent School District and is an adjunct instructor for the TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  She is also an instructor in the TWU Dual Credit program. Read More >>

At nation’s best high school, a ‘grandteacher’ has led the way to three generations of educators

Last year, Valeria Perez graduated from TWU with a bachelor of science in mathematics and a certification to teach math in grades 7-12. She now teaches algebra 2 and geometry at the "nation's best high school," and was recently featured in an article by Dallas News. Congratulations, Valeria!

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Interested in earning a degree in mathematics with teacher certification? Visit our undergraduate programs page to learn more.

Johnson Receives TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award

Retired NASA administrator Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson is the second recipient of the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 1971. She is being honored for her significant contributions to NASA, her advocacy for women in science and her volunteer work.

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Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson with Drs. Don Edwards and Ann Stuart
“TWU has a pronounced reputation of producing bold, well-prepared women leaders and receiving this award symbolizes my membership in this elite league.”
 Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson, TWU alumna and recipient of the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award

Upcoming Events

Black and white portrait of Professor Emeritus Harlan C. Miller
Professor Emeritus Harlan C. Miller

Harlan Miller Lecture and Awards Dinner

Professor Emeritus Harlan C. Miller, who served as chairman of the department until her retirement in 1966, died in April 1981. The Harlan C. Miller Lecture Series in Mathematics was inaugurated in her honor in the spring of 1982. The Trammell Crow Family Foundation provided initial funding.

Our 2016 speaker was Dr. Alicia Prieto-Langarica, a Mexican Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2012. Her research interests focus on applications of mathematics to biology and the social sciences, especially in upscaling discrete individual based models to population level continuous models. Some of her projects include: infection control on medical implants, mathematical modeling of bone creation and metabolism, sleep and thermoregulation and cell movement in multiscale systems. Download the 2016 Harlan Miller Lecture and Awards Dinner program (.pdf).

Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium

The 2017 Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium was held April 18 - 19, 2017 in the Administrative & Conference Tower (ACT) on the Denton Campus. The Student Symposium highlights research and scholarly activities of undergraduate and graduate students across many departments and colleges. In addition to the platform and poster presentations by TWU students, the student symposium features special sessions showcasing student research, the Chancellor's Student Research Scholars, the scholarship of the graduate council awardees, and an external keynote speaker.

Learn more about submission requirements and past presenters.

Math and Computer Science Major's Luncheon

Every year, all Math and Computer Science majors are invited to the Major's Luncheon with the faculty in the department. Invitations are sent out by email and will include an RSVP date.

Date and time: TBA
Location: MCL, Room 410