Interim Head of Biology, and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

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Interim Head of Biology, and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics

B.Sc. (Hons) in Statistics - University of Auckland in New Zealand

M.S.  in Statistics  - University of Washington

Ph.D.  in Statistics  - University of Washington


My disciplinary research centers on the application of statistics to solving problems in other disciplines.  This has included development of a nearest neighbor reference condition method for evaluating stream quality, improvement of distance measures for use in nearest-neighbor approaches in general, methods to identify outliers using regression trees with application to streams in the Shenandoah Valley, and other classification approaches. More recent work has explored using the Bayesian approaches from my Ph.D. dissertation to reduce the uncertainty associated with the use of a mathematical model of Leishmaniasis in Malta.  I particularly enjoy working with undergraduate students in regular semester projects as well as summer research experiences with undergraduates.

I also have an interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly as it relates to the teaching of statistics to undergraduates and to the use of active learning approaches in classes.I have multiple years of experience in faculty development that has resulted in workshops, presentations and publications.  This experience was primarily gained as a Faculty Associate in the Center for Faculty Innovation, focusing on teaching (course redesign, workshops etc) and development of the scholarship consultations process.  As a PKAL Summer Leadership Institute fellow, I developed my interest in faculty mentoring. 

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