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.

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112L: Spring 2019 TBA

Ph.D.University of Chicago2017

Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory

Recent Publications

  1. Akin, VS, An algebraic characterization of the point-pushing subgroup (June, 2017)  [abs]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]