Professor of Mathematics, University of Kansas

Chair, **Kansas Section** of the
**Mathematical Association of
America**

Section Chief Editor, **Frontiers for Young
Minds, Understanding Mathematics**

**Mailing address:**

Department of Mathematics

University of Kansas

405 Snow Hall

1460 Jayhawk Boulevard

Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

**Office:** 618 Snow

**Office hours for Fall 2018:** Thursdays, 1-3pm, or by appointment

**Phone:** (785) 864-7114

**Department fax:** (785) 864-5255

The best way to contact me: **send e-mail** to

**Teaching** |
**Research** |
**Mathematics Links** |
**Fun Stuff**

I am the Section Editor of the **Understanding Mathematics**
section of **Frontiers for Young
Minds**, an open-access journal with articles written by scientists
and reviewed by kids. We are looking for help at all levels: editors,
authors, science mentors, and of course kids to review and read articles!

I am a co-organizer of the Jayhawk Math Teachers' Circle.

I oppose the legalization of concealed-carry weapons on university campuses. This is my personal opinion and not the official position of KU or the Department of Mathematics, although it is shared by former Chancellor Gray-Little, many Distinguished Professors at KU, the American Association of University Professors, and a large majority of students, staff and faculty at public universities in Kansas.

- Math 147 (Honors Calculus III), MWF 3:00-3:50pm, Snow 152
- Math 824 (Algebraic Combinatorics), MWF 1:00-1:50pm, Snow 456

- Spring 2019: Math 996 (Topics in Algebraic Combinatorics -- Coxeter Groups), MWF 10:00-10:50am, Snow 564

- If I have agreed to write a
**letter of recommendation**for you, please read this page. - Resources for job seekers: EIMS and MathJobs.org (focused more on academia); MAA Career Resource Center (focused less on academia)
- Advice on writing personal statements for graduate school
- More advice on personal statements
- Studying for the Math GRE Subject Test
- Are you an undergrad math major looking for a research experience this summer? Visit MathPrograms.org, the AMS REU website, or Steve Butler's list of REUs.
- Grad school advice and fora: The Grad Cafe, AMS E-Mentoring Blog
- The inside truth: PhD Comics and "What do grad students in math do all day?"

My research interests include combinatorics, algebraic geometry, discrete geometry, and computational commutative algebra. I especially like topics in which these fields intersect: simplicial and cell complexes, configuration varieties (such as picture spaces of graphs), Coxeter groups, hyperplane arrangements, Stanley-Reisner theory, matroids, Gröbner bases, and combinatorial Hopf algebras. I am always happy when combinatorial techniques can be used to solve problems from other areas of pure or applied mathematics.

- Curriculum vitae (9/30/18)
- Publications (detailed list with abstracts, talk slides, etc.) (9/30/18)
- Publications (brief list)
- Recent talk slides (10/6/18)
- Source code and data for some research projects and papers

- I have developed (and am perpetually revising) a set of lecture notes for my Algebraic Combinatorics course (Math 824) (last updated 10/8/18). They are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

- KU Combinatorics Group
- KU Combinatorics Seminar (Fridays, 4-5 PM, Snow 408)
- Great Plains Combinatorics Conference

- Numerical PDE/Geometry/Topology study seminar Fall 2014
- Informal notes on the chip-firing game
- Bruno Benedetti and Frank Lutz's Library of Triangulations
- Scribe notes from an informal seminar on Stanley-Reisner theory at the University of Minnesota, Fall 2002
- The Maple worksheet from my talk to the KU Math Club on March 7, 2007 (based on the article "Harmonic algebraic curves and noncrossing partitions"
- Look me up on arXiv or the Math Genealogy Project
- My Erdös number is 2, via John H. Conway and this paper.

(i.e., "if you are not a professional mathematician but would like to know what all this is about"

- Some of my research, explained in plain English (perennially under construction; last updated 9/14/16)
- "Amazing Patterns in the Game of Nim" (talk for middle schoolers at Emporia State, 10/25/16)
- "Network Flow Models" (talk at Red Hot Research on 3/28/14)
- "Math, Fairness and Social Choice" (talk on Science on Tap at Free State Brewing Co. on 3/25/14, sponsored by KU Natural History Museum)
- "The Notorious Four-Color Problem" (short course at KU Mini College 2013)
- "Planes, Hyperplanes and Beyond: Understanding Higher-Dimensional Spaces" (short course at KU Mini College 2012)

- American Mathematical Society
- Mathematical Association of America and its Kansas Section
- Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
- American Institute of Mathematics
- Simons Foundation
- Canada/USA Mathcamp

- The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences
- FindStat (combinatorial statistic finder)
- MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
- Archives of American Mathematics

- Sage (a free, open-source, general-purpose mathematics software system)
- Macaulay 2 (computational commutative algebra and algebraic geometry)
- Polymake and LattE (convex polyhedra, lattice points, finite simplicial complexes)

- arXiv.org e-Print Archive
- Mathematics on The Simpsons
- AMS Blog: On Teaching and Learning Mathematics
- The "What is..." column in Notices of the AMS

- My bridge page
- Some additional mathematics publications
- Recipes
- XL, a piece of electronic music written by me and remixed by my brother
- How not to be a thesis advisor
- What it's really like to be a graduate student
- The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.
- The presumably infamous L'Hopital's Rule warning label
- A photo of me acting like a mathematician
- Porch Noise Complaint

Last updated Mon 7/16/18