Victoria S Akin, Assistant Professor of the Practice
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 diskpushing subgroup, handlepushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.  Contact Info:
Teaching (Summer1 2019):
 MATH 216.01, LINEAR ALGEBRA & DIFF EQUATION
Synopsis
 Physics 047, MTuWThF 11:00 AM12:15 PM
 (also crosslisted as MATH 716.01)
Teaching (Fall 2019):
 MATH 771S.01, TEACHING COLLEGE MATHEMATICS
Synopsis
 Physics 205, MW 06:15 PM07:30 PM
 Office Hours:
 112L: Spring 2019 TBA
 Education:
Ph.D.  University of Chicago  2017 
 Keywords:
Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory
 Recent Publications
 Akin, VS, An algebraic characterization of the pointpushing subgroup
(June, 2017) [abs]
 Akin, V; Johnson, CR; Nasserasr, S, TP_k completions of partial matrices with one unspecified entry,
Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra, vol. 27 no. 1
(June, 2014), University of Wyoming Libraries [doi]
 Handel, A; Akin, V; Pilyugin, SS; Zarnitsyna, V; Antia, R, How sticky should a virus be? The impact of virus binding and release on transmission fitness using influenza as an example.,
Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, vol. 11 no. 92
(March, 2014),
pp. 20131083 [doi] [abs]
