Math @ Duke

Victoria S Akin, Assistant Professor of the Practice
I am an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Mathematics Department. I work primarily on teaching and math education. I am currently interested in the retention of women in STEM fields and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math. I am codirecting the Girls Exploring Math (GEM) program as part of this research effort.
My thesis work is 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? I am interested in characterizing the diskpushing subgroup, handlepushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.  Contact Info:
Teaching (Fall 2020):
 MATH 230.03, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 Old Chem 116, TuTh 04:40 PM05:55 PM
 (also crosslisted as STA 230.03)
 MATH 230.05, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 Soc/Psych 126, TuTh 11:45 AM01:00 PM
 (also crosslisted as STA 230.05)
 MATH 730.03, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 Old Chem 116, TuTh 04:40 PM05:55 PM
 MATH 730.05, PROBABILITY
Synopsis
 Soc/Psych 126, TuTh 11:45 AM01:00 PM
 Office Hours:
 112L: Spring 2020
Monday1pm to 3pm in Classroom Building 132 Tuesday10am11am in Physics 123 Wednesday3pm to 4pm in Classroom Building 132
EHD 396: Spring 2020 Thursday2pm to 3pm
 Education:
Ph.D.  University of Chicago  2017 
 Keywords:
Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory
 Recent Publications
 Akin, V, An algebraic characterization of the pointpushing subgroup,
Journal of Algebra, vol. 541
(January, 2020),
pp. 98125 [doi] [abs]
 Akin, V; Johnson, C; 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]


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