Victoria S Akin
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

I am interested in Math Education. In particular, I am studying retention of women in STEM and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math.

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

Current Research Interests

I am interested in Math Education. In particular, I am studying retention of women in STEM and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math. Beginning in January 2019, I will be running a series of workshops for middle school girls comprised of both mathematical activities and age-appropriate discussions about the impact of social constructs on self-concept. We will collect survey data over time to track the girls' attitudes and beliefs about math and their abilities. Future workshops will focus on spatial reasoning skills and potential cognitive gains. 

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

Office Hours

112L:  Spring 2019 TBA

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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