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Shepherd's Faculty Research Forum continues November 14

ISSUED: 29 October 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Faculty Research Forum continues November 14)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University's Faculty Research Forum will continue on Wednesday, November 14 at 3 p.m. with "What is an Applied Mathematician (and Why Would You Want One Teaching You)?" in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. Dr. Christopher Elmer, assistant professor of mathematics, will present an overview on what interests him, as well as what is an applied mathematician

Topics reviewed in Elmer's presentation will include seismic exploration, phase transitions in crystalline materials, axon potential propagation in mammalian nerve fibers, stability of two-wheeled vehicles, and acoustics of goblet-shaped drums.

Elmer specializes in differential-difference equations and their applications to crystalline materials and to biological structures that have a periodic behavior. His undergraduate research focuses on the dynamics and development of single-track vehicles and in the acoustical properties of goblet-shaped drums.

Elmer earned his Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. Prior to coming to Shepherd, he was assistant professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a NRC postdoctoral mathematician in the Materials Science Laboratory at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, and a heavy construction equipment operator in the United States Air Force.

The Faculty Research Forum at Shepherd University is a monthly lecture series implemented by the faculty and designed to highlight the current scholarship of Shepherd faculty members. Presentations are drawn from across the campus community and are presented free of charge to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.

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