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Camillia Smith Barnescammie_barnes
Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences
(434) 381-6509
cbarnes@sbc.edu
Guion A202

B.S. Michigan State University
M.S. Michigan State University
M.A. Harvard University
Ph.D. Harvard University

Camillia “Cammie” Smith Barnes joined the department in the fall of 2009, after completing a Ph.D. at Harvard University. Her dissertation focuses on counting the number of distinct shuffles of two permutations. Barnes grew up in Michigan, completed her graduate work in England and in Massachusetts, and is glad to have moved to Virginia! She is a 2009 National Project NExT fellow and an alumna of Sweet Briar’s Junior Year in France program. Her current work is in enumerative combinatorics, with a particular interest in permutation enumeration. Besides doing math, Barnes enjoys reading classic fiction, watching films, cooking, jogging, playing board games, playing the violin and knitting.


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Bessie Kirkwood
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
(434) 381-6167
bkirk@sbc.edu
Guion A206

B.S. University of Arkansas
M.S. University of Arkansas
Ph.D. (Mathematics) University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. (Statistics) University of Virginia

Bessie Kirkwood holds doctorates in both mathematics and statistics. She has co-authored papers published in Journal of AlgebraJournal of Multivariate AnalysisPacific Journal of Mathematics and Geophysical Journal International. Kirkwood has worked as a statistical consultant at the University of Virginia, where her projects have included research on health behaviors of college students; a study of the nurse labor supply in Virginia; and injuries to feet and lower legs in car crashes. She enjoys singing with the Jefferson Choral Society, reading, and hiking.


James Kirkwoodjames_kirkwood
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
(434) 381.6285
jrkirkwood@sbc.edu
Guion A208

B.S. Southeast Missouri State College
M.A. University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. University of Virginia


Jim Kirkwood has had eight mathematics textbooks published on various topics including calculus, real analysis, mathematical biology and  mathematical physics. His most recent text was "Mathematical Physics with Partial Differential Equations" published this year by Academic Press. His original research was in mathematical physics, and he co-authored the seminal paper in a topic now called Kirkwood-Thomas Theory in mathematical physics. During the summer, he teaches real analysis to entering graduate students at the University of Virginia. He has been awarded several National Science Foundation grants and is currently writing a text  on Markov processes.


Raina Robevaraina_robeva
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
(434) 381-6213
robeva@sbc.edu
Guion A204

B.S. Sofia University, Bulgaria
M.S. Sofia University, Bulgaria
Ph.D. University of Virginia


Raina Robeva’s research interests span a wide range of topics including systems biology, random fields, and mathematical modeling for biology and the biomedical sciences.

Robeva has received funding for her research and educational projects from federal and private sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Commonwealth Health Research Board and the Carilion Biomedical Institute and has just completed work on a National Science Foundation CCLI grant with focus on undergraduate mathematical biology education, for which she was the principal investigator.

Robeva is the lead author of the undergraduate textbook “An Invitation to Biomathematics,” with the accompanying “Laboratory Manual of Biomathematics,” published by Academic Press in 2008, and an editor and participating author of the book Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Modern Biology: Using Modern Discrete Models” published by Academic Press in 2013. She has directed or co-directed a number of faculty professional workshops in mathematical and computational biology, most recently at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute and under the PREP program of the Mathematical Association of America

Robeva is editor-in-chief of the journal Frontiers in Systems Biology, past-chair of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Mathematical and Computational Biology (BIO SIGMAA) and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).


Stephen R. Wassellsteve_wassell
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
(434) 381-6214
wassell@sbc.edu
Guion 201

B.S. University of Virginia
M.S. University of Virginia
Ph.D. University of Virginia
M.C.S. University of Virginia

Steve Wassell received national recognition in 2012 for his teaching via his selection by The Princeton Review for inclusion in The Best 300 Professors (Random House / Princeton Review Books, April 3, 2012). The Princeton Review teamed up with RateMyProfessors.com to create a pool of the top 1000 rated professors, and they then selected 300 for inclusion in the book.

Wassell's principal research interest is the relationship between architecture and mathematics. His many publications on this topic include two books, one in 2006, Andrea Palladio: Villa Cornaro in Piombino Dese (with Branko Mitrović), which presents a full measured survey (14 fold-out drawings, approximately 16.5 x 23.4 inches each) of one of Palladio's most influential works, accompanied by essays which discuss the design of the villa. The second book, published in 2010, The Mathematical Works of Leon Battista Alberti (with Kim Williams and Lionel March), provides translations and commentaries of four mathematical texts by Alberti, a true Renaissance man, three of which were never before available in English translations.

In earning a master’s of computer science in May 1999, Wassell researched within the fields of physical design and genetic algorithms. His specialization in mathematics is mathematical physics, and he has published papers in the Journal of Mathematical Physics and Springer Verlag's Lecture Notes in Physics. He also has been awarded three U.S. patents, including one for a solar-powered lawn mower.

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/a/sbc.edu/wassell/