Office: 202 Chavis Hall
Phone: (540) 458 8064
Email: dennee at wlu.edu
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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).
All course information is found on Sakai.
- Math 342 Modern Geometry MWF 11:00am – 12:00pm Chavis 302.
- Math 310 Mathematical Statistics MWF 1:30pm – 2:30pm Chavis 105.
- My blog Visions in Math.
- My Thingiverse page.
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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).
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I also advise research projects for undergraduate students. Click here for more information.
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