Welcome to FSU Mathematics
Our mission is to preserve, expand, and disseminate mathematical knowledge. We are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the graduate and the undergraduate level, and to excellence in research in the mathematical sciences. FSU is one of the only two pre-eminent universities in the State of Florida. The Mathematics Department has 36 research faculty members whose research covers a broad spectrum of mathematics and its applications. Research areas covered include...
Faculty Research: Mike Mesterton-Gibbons
Among questions of interest to biologists who study animal behavior are these: When should an animal - for example, a fiddler crab - intervene to help a neighbor having a territorial dispute with an intruder? Does eavesdropping - for example, by green swordtail fish - increase or reduce the overall frequency of aggressive behavior in a population? How widespread in nature is mutual assessment of fighting abilities? To be sure, humans do it, but what about hermit crabs or sea anenomes? And if strength is indeed being assessed, when does it pay for a threat to be a bluff?
Paolo Aluffi, Brennan Professor of Mathematics
After an extensive selection process, the first holder of the Marion Bradley Brennan Professorship in Mathematics has been chosen. The committee has combed through a list filled with many deserving candidates and chosen Professor Paolo Aluffi, who has served as a faculty member since 1991. Aluffi was chosen on the merits of his work as both a teacher and a researcher, and comes highly recommended by his colleagues and students.
Alumni Profile: Mike Kirby
While journeying through his career, Kirby says that his favorite part was the experience of teaching and mentoring PhD students at Cambridge in England while on sabbatical. There he recognized a difference in PhD students, saying, "what distinguishes a PhD student is that they can learn anything on their own, but it's interesting to see a PhD student go back to undergrad material with new understanding."
Mariel Vazquez Alumni Profile
Mariel Vazquez, who earned her Ph.D. in math at FSU, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her research. She applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA, studying its entanglement as it packs tightly into living cells. Born and raised in Mexico City, Vazquez became fascinated with math and biology in high school. "I found pure mathematics to be absolutely beautiful but I didn't know how I could apply it to biology," Vazquez said. That changed when she became an undergraduate at the National Autono- mous University of Mexico and attended a series of talks about DNA topology - the application of knot theory to the study of DNA.
Faculty Profile: Pene Kirby
Teaching assistants help get the work done on campuses across the country, but who helps the TAs? In FSU's math department, Dr. Pene Kirby is one of those people. As Coordinator of Graduate Teaching Assistants, Dr. Kirby leads the TA Training Program, working closely with incoming students through a series of course s to provide support as students seek to maintain their own studies alongside their newfound instructional role.