James Kirkwood, Chair

Professor of Mathematical Sciences

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

Jim Kirkwood has had ten mathematics textbooks published on various topics including calculus, real analysis, mathematical biology and  mathematical physics. His newest text is "Markov Processes," published by Taylor and Francis, and will be out in January, 2015. 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. 

Bessie Kirkwood

Bessie KirkwoodProfessor of Mathematical Sciences

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


Bessie Kirkwood holds doctorates in both mathematics and statistics. She has co-authored papers published in Journal of Algebra, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Pacific Journal of Mathematics and Geophysical Journal International. Her research has applied statistical methods to estimate the motion of tectonic plates. She 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 a study on injuries to feet and lower legs in car crashes. Her research and work in education have received funding from the National Science Foundation and The Jeffress Memorial Trust. 

Raina Robeva

raina_robevaProfessor of Mathematical Sciences

On Academic Leave for 2015-2016

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B.S. Sofia University, Bulgaria (Mathematics)
M.S. Sofia University, Bulgaria (Probability & Statistics)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (Mathematics)

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.

She 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

Robeva is the lead author of the undergraduate textbook An Invitation to Biomathematics, with the accompanyingLaboratory Manual of Biomathematics (2008) and a contributing author and lead editor of the books Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Modern Biology: Using Modern Discrete Models (2013) and Algebraic and Discrete Mathematical Methods for Modern Biology (2015), all published by Academic Press. She has directed or co-directed numerous faculty professional workshops in mathematical and computational biology, most recently at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) and under the PREP program of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). 

Robeva is Cheif Editor of the journal Frontiers in Systems Biology and Chair of the Advisory Board of NIMBioS. In 2014, Robeva received the Outstanding Faculty Award of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the highest honor for faculty at Viriginia's public and private colleges and universities, in recognition of her superious accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service.  

Stephen R. Wassell

steve_wassellProfessor of Mathematical Sciences

On Academic Leave for 2015-2016

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B.S. University of Virginia (Architecture)
M.S. University of Virginia (Mathematics)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (Mathematics)
M.C.S. University of Virginia (Computer Science)

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/