# Recent news

### Assistant Professor of Mathematics

May 7, 2018

**Position:** Four faculty positions (9month) as Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics beginning August 16, 2019. The Department and University Web pages may be found at https://math.vcu.edu and https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/82945. The Ph.D. program Web page may be found at https://sysm.vcu.edu.

**Responsibilities of Position:** Maintain a vigorous research program and a record of excellent teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

**Qualifications:** A Ph.D. in Mathematics, or related field, is required at the time of the appointment. We are seeking candidates in two different areas: Geometry and Applied Mathematics. For the Geometry position(s), preference will be given to candidates with a clearly identified research agenda and expertise in the area of Geometry, including but not limited to: Algebraic Geometry, Complex Geometry, Contact Geometry, Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis, or Symplectic Geometry. For the Applied Mathematics position(s), preference will be given to candidates with a clearly defined research agenda and expertise in interdisciplinary research with an emphasis in one or more of the following fields: deterministic and/or stochastic dynamical systems, multiscale modeling, complex networks and/or systems, uncertainty quantification, shape and image analysis, and parameter identification.

Preference will also be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated potential to secure external funding. Applicants must have a record of successful teaching, as well as experience with working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment, or the commitment to do so.

The Department: The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics is to offer a strong undergraduate and graduate education, with an increasing focus on the development of crossdisciplinary efforts that will prepare our students for realworld applications and stimulating employment and career opportunities. Key current objectives of the department include the continued development of our Ph.D. program, which emphasizes applications of mathematics to the medical and biological sciences and research in both applied and theoretical discrete mathematics, the improvement of student outcomes in our lower level courses, and the continued strengthening of our department’s track in secondary education preparation and mathematics education outreach initiatives. We seek ambitious faculty members to help grow and strengthen the department by expanding teaching, research, and grant activity. We are excited about the opportunities to grow in these areas and are particularly interested in mathematics educators with similar interests.

**How to Apply for the Position:** To apply, candidates should submit electronically (https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/82945) the following: a cover letter that delineates how they meet the qualifications outlined above, a current curriculum vitae, contact information for each of the four references. In addition, candidates need to submit electronically (https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12473) the following: a cover letter, an AMS Standard Cover Sheet, a current curriculum vitae, and detailed statements about teaching and their current research activities. Applicants also should include four letters of recommendation. One of the letters of recommendation must address the applicant’s effectiveness as a teacher. Letters should be submitted electronically through https://www.mathjobs.org.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.A. The deadline for applications is November 10, 2018.

*“Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability."*

### Sequences, Sums, Sounds and Sloane(s)

April 26, 2018

Sequences, Sums, Sounds and Sloane(s)

When you think of the prime numbers, the Fibonacci numbers, and the powers of two, you probably think of very different concetps and ideas - from building blocks of integers to rabbits to computers.

### New Math Service Learning Course Facilitates Problem Solving

March 28, 2018

This semester, Kristina Anthony and Jeffrey Ledford, both instructors in the Mathematics Department in the College of Humanities and Sciences, are teaching a new service-learning class: Math 391, “The Art of Problem Solving.” The course is designed to engage undergraduate students in solving problems in mathematics similar to problems that are given on the Putnam Competition, an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students in the U.S. and Canada.

### Students Attend the 20th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

February 26, 2018

VCU students Lauren Hux (2019) and Diana Voronina (2018) attended the 20th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on January 26 – 28, 2018. Lauren is majoring in Mathematics and Statistics at VCU and presented a poster at the conference titled "Enhancing Passenger Preclearance via the Flexible Facilitation Model Technical Analysis of Alternatives” based on her research project from last summer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Diana is majoring in Applied Math and Computer Science and is currently studying K-QSAT with Dr. Marco Aldi.

### VCU student Tatenda Ndambakuwa selected as a potential leader in the future of food security

February 19, 2018

A Virginia Commonwealth University student is one of only 27 students from around the world selected as part of the Next Generation Delegation that will attend the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Tatenda Ndambakuwa, a senior in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics in the College of Humanities and Sciences, is part of a select group of students studying agricultural development, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, and other food security related disciplines.

news.vcu.edu/article/VCU_student_Tatenda_Ndambakuwa_selected_as_a_potential_leader

### The Fall 2017 Math Newsletter is now online.

November 10, 2017

The Fall 2017 Math Newsletter is now online. Click here to view.

### Employment Opportunity: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

November 2, 2017

Collaborative research with the tenure-track faculty in the mathematics department and teaching two courses per year.

Required Qualifications: A PhD in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics, or related field, is required at the time of the appointment. Applicants must be within five years of earning their PhD. Preference will be given to candidates with a clearly identified research agenda in one of the areas of mathematics related to Department interests. Applicants must have a record of successful research during their PhD and identify a faculty mentor within the department.

### Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) Conference

September 6, 2017

at James Madison University

October 7, 2017