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Victoria S Akin, Assistant Professor of the Practice

Victoria S Akin

I am interested in Math Education. In particular, I am studying retention of women in STEM and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math.

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2869
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://services.math.duke.edu/~toriakin/

Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • MATH 112L.002, LABORATORY CALCULUS II Synopsis
    West Duke 105, MW 10:20 AM-11:10 AM; Bio Sci 111, Th 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • MATH 112L.003, LABORATORY CALCULUS II Synopsis
    West Duke 105, MW 12:00 PM-12:50 PM; Bio Sci 111, Th 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Office Hours:

112L: Spring 2019 TBA
Education:

Ph.D.University of Chicago2017
Keywords:

Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory

 

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