*My curriculum vitae is also available as a pdf file.*

### Education

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Ph.D. in Mathematics, June 2011

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

B.S. with Highest Honors in Mathematics, April 2005

- Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 spent at the Math in Moscow program.
- Spring 2003 spent at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program.

### Employment

Niagara University, Lewiston, New York

Assistant Professor, August 2015-present

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

Visiting Assistant Professor, July 2014-June 2015

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Visiting Assistant Professor (Postdoc), August 2011-May 2014

### Research Interests

Geometric group theory

Low-dimensional topology

*A more detailed description is available on my research page.*

### Publications

*Digital fixed points, approximate fixed points, and universal functions*, with Laurence Boxer, Ozgur Ege, Ismet Karaca, and Jonathan Lopez, Appl. Gen. Topol. **17** (2016), 159-172.

*Stable commutator length in Baumslag-Solitar groups and quasimorphisms for tree actions*, with Matt Clay and Max Forester, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. **368** (2016) no. 7, 4751-4785.

*Immersed surfaces in the modular orbifold*, with Danny Calegari, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **139** (2011) no. 7, 2295-2308.

### Grants

Committee on College Teaching and Learning Grant

Niagara University, 2017-2018

Summer Research Award

Niagara University, 2017

Research Support Grant

Niagara University, 2016-2017

Committee on College Teaching and Learning Grant

Niagara University, 2016-2017

Fund for the Improvement of Teaching Award

Niagara University, 2016-2017

Summer Research Award

Niagara University, 2016

### Invited Hour-long Research Talks

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Analysis, Geometry, and Topology Seminar, October 10, 2017

State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, New York

Geometry and Topology Seminar, October 2, 2015

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts

Geometry and Topology Seminar, February 6, 2015

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Topology Seminar, October 14, 2014

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Geometry and Topology Seminar, September 2, 2014

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Topology and Geometric Group Theory Seminar, November 12, 2013

Fall Redbud Topology Conference

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, November 19, 2011

The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Infinite Groups Seminar, August 1, 2011

Workshop on Geometric Group Theory

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 8, 2011

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Geometric Group Theory Seminar, April 21, 2011

Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherches en Géométrie et Topologie, Montréal, Canada

Geometry and Topology Seminar, November 5, 2010

Claremont Colleges, Claremont, California

Claremont Topology Seminar, March 30, 2010

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Geometry and Topology Seminar, March 8, 2010

### Invited Short Research Talks

AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting

Special Session on Infinite Groups and Geometric Structures: A Session in Honor of Andrew Nicas, September 17, 2017

University at Buffalo, Amherst, New York

AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, September 24, 2016

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

50th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference

Special Session on Geometric Topology, March 10, 2016

Baylor University, Waco, Texas

AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting

Special Session on Number Theory and Topology, March 23, 2014

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee

48th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, March 15, 2014

University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

Joint Mathematics Meetings

AMS Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, January 16, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland

AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting

Special Session on Geometric Topology and Group Theory, April 1, 2012

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

AMS Spring Western Sectional Meeting

Special Session on Asymptotic Group Theory, March 4, 2012

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Triennial Ahlfors-Bers Colloquium

Dynamics Workshop, March 24, 2011

Rice University, Houston, Texas

45th Spring Topology and Dynamics Conference

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, March 18, 2011

Special Session on Geometric Topology, March 18, 2011

The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, Texas

Joint Mathematics Meetings

AMS Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, January 6, 2011

New Orleans, Louisiana

Workshop on Geometric Group Theory

Goa University, Goa, India, August 9, 2010

### Teaching Talks

Joint Mathematics Meetings

MAA General Contributed Paper Session on Research in Teaching or Learning Calculus

San Antonio, Texas, January 12, 2015

Joint Mathematics Meetings

MAA Session on Assessing Student Learning: Alternative Approaches

Baltimore, Maryland, January 15, 2014

### Teaching Experience

Primary Instructor, Niagara University, 2015-present

- Introductory Statistics, Fall 2015 (two sections), Spring 2017 (two sections)
- Calculus I, Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 (two sections)
- Linear Algebra, Spring 2016, Spring 2018
- Probability and Statistics I, Fall 2017
- Euclidean Geometry, Spring 2016
- Point-Set and Algebraic Topology, Summer 2017 (independent study)

Primary Instructor, Smith College, 2014-2015

- Calculus I, Fall 2014 (two sections)
- Calculus II, Spring 2015 (two sections)
- Calculus III, Fall 2014

Primary Instructor, The University of Oklahoma, 2011-2014

- Calculus and Analytic Geometry III, Fall 2011, Fall 2012
- Calculus and Analytic Geometry IV, Spring 2014 (two sections)
- Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations, Spring 2012 (two sections), Fall 2012, Spring 2013
- Linear Algebra I, Fall 2013

### Teaching Awards

Apostol Award for Excellence in Teaching in Mathematics

California Institute of Technology, May 2010

### Mentoring

Supervised semester-long research project by Jasmine VanExel

Smith College, Spring 2015

### Professional Development

Faculty Mentorship Program

Niagara University, November 2016-present

Upstate New York Inquiry-Based Learning Consortium, Fall 2015-present

17th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning

Niagara University, Lewiston, New York, January 9, 2018

Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty

Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, June 26-30, 2017

IBL Workshop

State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York, April 1, 2017

16th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning

Niagara University, Lewiston, New York, January 10-11, 2017

TIMES Summer Workshop

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, June 22-24, 2016

Seaway NExT Workshop

State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, April 15, 2016

15th Annual CCTL Conference on Teaching and Learning

Niagara University, Lewiston, New York, January 11-12, 2016

Workshop on Inquiry-Based Learning in Calculus

St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, November 6, 2015

PCMI Workshop for Mentors of Undergraduate Mathematics Research by Minority Students

Zermatt Resort, Utah, July 6-10, 2015

17th Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference

Denver, Colorado, June 19-21, 2014

Teaching Scholar's Initiative, Fall 2011, Fall 2013

A teaching colloqium at the University of Oklahoma aimed at improving student learning.

MAA PREP Workshop on Inquiry-Based Learning

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California, June 24-27, 2013

16th Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, June 13-15, 2013

Project NExT, 2012-2013

A program of the Mathematical Association of America for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences who are interested in improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. It addresses the full range of faculty responsibilities in teaching, research, and service.

Faculty Learning Community, Spring 2013

A group of faculty at the University of Oklahoma who read and discussed the book *How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching*.

New Faculty Seminar, Fall 2011

A 12-week seminar for new faculty at the University of Oklahoma

### Extended Visits

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California, Fall 2016

(part of program on Geometric Group Theory)

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Spring 2011

(part of Special Year in Topology and Geometric Group Theory)

Centre de Recherches Mathématiques, Montréal, Canada, Fall 2010

(program on Geometric, Combinatorial and Computational Group Theory)

### Organization

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory, Co-organizer

AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting

State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, New York, September 16-17, 2017

Redbud Topology Conference, Co-organizer

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, April 11-13, 2014

Geometry and Topology Seminar, Organizer

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Fall 2012-Spring 2014

How to make peer learning and small groups work in class, Co-organizer

Panel discussion at Project NExT Workshop, July 31, 2013

Fall Redbud Topology Conference, Co-organizer

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, November 3, 2012

Special Session on Geometric Group Theory and Dynamics, Co-organizer

AMS Spring Western Sectional Meeting

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30-May 1, 2011

### Conferences Attended

*See the list on my travel page.*

### Service

Referee for the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society

Reviewer for Fonds de recherche du Quebec

Volunteer for Mathematical Congress of the Americas, Montreal, Canada, August 2017

Interviewer for Invitational Scholarship Program

Niagara University, January 2017, January 2018

Took a group of students to the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference

Smith College, April 2015

Volunteered to help with the logistics of Women in Mathematics in New England

Smith College, September 2014

Led preparatory sessions for the topology qualifying exam

The University of Oklahoma, July 2013, May 2014

Volunteered to help with Math Day for local high school students

The University of Oklahoma, November 2011, November 2013

Judge for the Undergraduate Poster Session

Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 2013

Committee to determine mathematics placement of incoming undergraduates

California Institute of Technology, 2009

Coordinated TA training for incoming math graduate students in conjunction with the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching, Fall 2008