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Faculty Do It All: Publications, Grants, Awards, Talks and Workshops

Cal Poly faculty contributed to the field and profession of mathematics in many ways in 2017-18. Read on to learn about their accomplishments, which ranged from discoveries about orbifold structures to presentations on gender equity in STEM disciplines.


J. Borzellino and V. Brunsden. “On the inheritance of orbifold substructures.” Topology and its Applications, 232 (2017) 176-182, doi:10.1016/j.topol.2017.10.005.

F. Dreher, M. Keßeböhmer, A. Mosbach, T. Samuel and M. Steffens. “Regularity of aperiodic minimal subshifts.” Bulletin of Mathematical Sciences. (2017) 1-22.

C. Gu, H. Heidi and R. Lee. “The n-inverses of a matrix, Functional Analysis.” Approximation and Computation. 31 (2017) 3801-3813.

C. Gu, I.S. Huang, D. Kang and W. Y. Lee. “Normal singular Cauchy integral operators with operator-valued symbols.” J.  Math. Anal. Appl. 447 (2017) 289-308.   

C. Gu and D. Kang. “Rank of truncated Toepltiz operators.” Complex Analysis and Operator Theory. 11 (2017) 825-842.

C. Gu, S. Luo and X. Jie. “Reducing subspaces on the Dirichlet space and Riemann surfaces.” Complex Manifold. 4 (2017) 84-119.

C. Gu and S. Paul. “Tensor splitting properties of n-inverse pairs of operators.” Studia. Math. 238 (2017) 17-36.

M. C. Kafatos and G. C. Kato. “Sheaf theoretic formulation for consciousness and qualia and relationship to the idealism of non-dual philosophies.” Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 131 (2017) 242-250.

G. C. Kato and K. Nishimura. “An integrated brain function.” Scientific J. Cogn. Sci. 1(2)(2017) 39-42.

L. Patton, E. Militzer, I. M. Spitkovsky and M. C. Tsai. “Numerical ranges of 4-by-4 nilpotent matrices: flat portions on the boundary.” Oper. Theory Adv. Appl. 259 (2017) 561-591.

Grants and Awards

The Cal Poly Math Club honored Emily Hamilton as the 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

Tony Mendes received the Cal Poly University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Tony Samuel received the 2018 Cal Poly Terrance Harris Excellence in Mentorship Award. He also, along with principle investigator J. Walto, secured funding from LMS Research in Pairs – Scheme 4 (41715) for the project titled, “Cohomology of generalised Grigorchuk words” for travel costs for investigators to carry out research visits to the University of Durham.

Joyce Lin and principle investigator Steven Poelzing from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute were awarded a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of size and space between cells in determining the risk of sudden cardiac death and possible therapeutic targets to modulate the health of heart patients.

Invited Talks

Danielle Champney gave an invited talk at the AMS Meeting in Riverside titled “Transforming Our Classrooms into Calculus Communities, and the Role of Productive Failure.”

Goro Kato traveled to universities in Kyoto, Osaka, Shizuoka, Waseda, Josai and Jochi, Japan, giving a series of talks on “The diagonal and triangle derived categories of N-complexes” and “Quantum physics and t-topos.”

STEM panel of Joyce Lin, Lauren Rueda, Kimberly Walter, and Bushra AnjumJoyce Lin served as a speaker for the Gender Equity Center Women in STEM panel, along with Lauren Rueda from EcoVox, Kimberly Walter from Newton Construction & Management and Bushra Anjum from Amazon. Students from all STEM fields at Cal Poly were invited to ask questions about challenges and advantages to being a woman in a male-dominated field.

Linda Patton gave invited talks at the International Linear Algebra Society in Ames, Iowa, on “Numerical Ranges with Rotational Symmetry,” and at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego on “Pick Interpolation on the Boundary of the Bidisk.”

Tony Samuel gave two talks, “Regularity of aperiodic minimal subshifts” at Durham Universityin the U.K. and “A meander through the space of intermediate β-transformations” at the Fractal Geometry and Dynamics research program in the Mittag-Leffler Institut, Sweden. Samuel also organized two conferences: the Bremen - Cal Poly - Lübeck One Day Meeting on Dynamics, Geometry and Stochasticsm; and Thermodynamic Formalism - Applications to Geometry and Number Theory [In memory of B. O. Stratmann (1957 - 2015)].

Workshops and Conferences

Dave Camp participated in a joint meeting between ReCoVER and Past Earth Network that took place at Dartington Hall, Devon, U.K.. The meeting looked at a hierarchy of nonlinear models of past climate and will consider how global oscillations of climate variables are created (forced or internal) and may be "paced" by astronomical or other forcing. This adds to our understanding of how the climate system in general responds to forcing, which is relevant for projected future climate change. 

Linda Patton participated in a workshop “Crouziex’s conjecture” at the American Institute of Mathematics in San Jose from July 31-August 4, 2017.


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