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Department of Mathematics

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Mathematics Faculty and Staff

Stephen Bricher - Professor

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Education: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991. B.A., Mathematics, Linfield College, 1986, Summa cum Laude.

Dr. Bricher's research interests are in the area of nonlinear-partial differential equations, which can be used to model a myriad of physical phenomena. A few examples are: neuron activity, thermal combustion and flame propagation, the microstruture of metals, turbulence and weather patterns. He has published several papers on mathematical problems related to combustion, and has presented his work at national and international mathematics conferences. Dr. Bricher teaches a course in nonlinear differential equations and dynamical systems that prepares students to work with him on collaborative research projects. Projects in the past have culminated in student presentations at national mathematical meetings. He regularly teaches courses in calculus, analysis, differential equations, and probability and mathematical statistics. He advises physics theses and often helps science students with their mathematical questions. Dr. Bricher enjoys advising students that share an interest in mathematics.

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Mike Hitchman - Associate Professor

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Education: Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Oregon. B.A., Mathematics, Swarthmore College.

Dr. Hitchman's research interests are in the areas of topology and geometry. He has more recently been interested in the interplay between topology and geometry in the area of cosmic topology, whose aim is to detect the shape of the universe. He has also participated in collaborative research with students on tiling questions. He enjoys teaching a wide range of courses, including calculus, topology, geometry, analysis, probability and statistics, and astronomy.

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Christian Millichap - Assistant Professor

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Education: Ph.D., Mathematics, Temple University; B.S. Mathematics & Philosophy, Dickinson College.

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Jennifer Nordstrom - Professor

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Education: PhD University of Oregon MS University of Maryland, Baltimore County BS university of Redlands

Dr. Nordstrom's research interests are in the areas of algebra and combinatorics. She received her Ph. D. in ring theory from the University of Oregon. Dr. Nordstrom primarily teaches Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Number Theory, and Numerical Analysis but maintains an interest in a wide variety of mathematical fields such as game theory and discrete mathematics. She is currently involved in research with undergraduates in the area of combinatorial game theory.

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