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Courtney Thatcher

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Courtney Thatcher

Mathematics
Division: Science, Mathematics and Computing
Appointment: 2011

Hall College Center
413-644-4953
cthatcher@simons-rock.edu

 

Education:

PhD and MS, University of Chicago
BA, Boston University

Professional History:

University of Chicago
Penn State Altoona

Areas of Interest:

Her primary area of research lies in high dimensional topology with particular interest in the theory of group actions on manifolds. Her doctorate work focused on the classification of free cyclic group actions on products of spheres using the tools of algebraic and geometric topology. She has also worked in credit card analytics at HSBC and SunTrust, specifically in testing and optimal pricing, data analytics for population segmentation, and behavioral modeling and data mining.

Research Interests/Professional Service:

  • Grader for MATHCOUNTS, Pennsylvania State University Altoona, February, 2011
  • Dept of Math and Stats committee member - Lower Divisional Mathematics Curriculum, Pennsylvania State University Altoona, School year 2010-2011
  • Dept of Math and Stats committee member - Outreach, Pennsylvania State University Altoona, school year 2010-2011
  • Graduate Student Counselor, REU, University of Chicago, Summer 2003, 2005, 2007 (Mentored students with summer research projects, assisted in undergraduate courses)
  • Peer Leader, WIZARDS Program, Boston University, 1997-2001 (Developed, performed, and explained science experiments with elementary and middle school aged students)

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

Publications

  • “On free Zp actions on products of spheres.” Geometriae Dedicata 148 1 (2010), 391-415.

Seminar and Conference Talks

  • AMS Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting, Cornell University, September 2011
  • "Special Session on Geometric and Algebraic Topology On classifying free Z=pZ actions on Sn  Sm", Topology Seminar, Ohio State University, June 2011
  • "On free Z=p actions on products of spheres", Union College Mathematics Conference, Union College, May 2011
  • "On the classification of free Zp actions on products of spheres", Topology/Geometry Seminar, Pennsylvania State University UP/Altoona, April 2011
  • "On the homotopy groups of the diffeomorphism groups and lens spaces", Topology/Geometry Seminar, Pennsylvania State University UP/Altoona, October 2010
  • "Homology and Coverage in Sensor Networks", Topology/Geometry Seminar, Pennsylvania State University UP/Altoona, December 2009
  • "Lens Spaces and Free Zp actions on Products of Spheres II", Topology/Geometry Seminar, Pennsylvania State University UP/Altoona, November 2009
  • "Lens Spaces and Free Zp actions on Products of Spheres I", Applied Algebraic Topology Seminar, University of Chicago, November 2006
  • "Sensor Networks", Algebraic Topology Proseminar, University of Chicago, May 2005
  • "Lens Spaces", Shmuel Student Seminar, University of Chicago, October 2004
  • "Topological Spherical Space Form Problem", Shmuel Student Seminar, University of Chicago, May 2004

Awards/Grants

  • Selected to attend Group Graduate Development Program, HSBC, Summer 2010
  • College Prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Boston University, May 2001
  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF, March 2001
  • Alternate for a National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship, March 2001
  • Dean’s Scholarship, Boston University, September 1997-May 2001

Other Activities

Professional Memberships: AMS, MAA