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Elizabeth Denne photoOffice: 202 Chavis Hall
Phone: (540) 458 8064
Email: dennee at wlu.edu
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Resume

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Washington & Lee University.

I am originally from Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney with B.Sc. (Hons) in pure mathematics. I was awarded my Ph.D. in May 2004 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My PhD advisor was John M. Sullivan. From July 2004 to June 2007 I was a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Harvard University and from July 2007 to June 2012 I was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Smith College. I have been happily working at Washington & Lee University since July 2012, first as an assistant professor, then from July 2015 as an associate professor.

A short version of my C.V. in pdf format (last updated 10/2016).

Teaching

Fall 2019
All course information is found on Sakai.

  • Math 311 Real Analysis MWF 8:30-9:30 am Chavis 302.
  • Math 101-06 MTRF 1:30-2:30pm Chavis 107.
  • Math 101-08 MTRF 2:45-3:45pm Chavis 105.

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Interested in Graduate school in the mathematical sciences? Click here for information.

Mathematical Visualization

Research

Torus link (4,2) from the Knot Atlas.

I am interested in Geometric Knot Theory. My research uses topological knot invariants to answer questions about the geometry of knots. (For example, how much bend or twist does a knot have?) I’m also interested in optimization and finding ideal knot shapes. (For example, given a piece of rope of fixed diameter, how much length is needed to tie a knot? What shape is a tight knot?) My research has applications to biology (for example the shape of folded proteins and DNA) and to physics (for example classifying glueballs in particle physics).

Torus link (5,2) from the Knot Atlas.

Click here for preprints, publications and translations.

 

I also advise research projects for undergraduate students. Click here for more information.

Links

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