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Department News

Mathematics major Madeline Polhill, W’21 presented a talk on her research on “Bryn Mawr College, 1885-1940: Mathematics on its mind'' in a session on “Creating Spaces for Mathematics” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.

Computer Science major Aalok Sathe '21 will present his joint research with Dr. Taylor Arnold at The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science on November 10. Their research project is titled Cultural analytics Using Audio-space Analysis of Moving-image Culture: A Demonstration Using the Sitcom Friends.

We are pleased to announce the launch of, the first website of its kind to explore the people who create, the institutions that support, and the cultures that influence mathematics.

Drs. Marcella Torres and Heather M. Russell together with UR students Sofia Bustamante Eguiguren, Lily Dickson, Hunter Evans, Rilyn McKallip, Priyanka Nehra, Scarlett Sun, and Emily Wu took part in VCU’s Sonia Kovalevsky Day for middle school girls in math. This is UR Math’s fourth year organizing an interactive math activity at the event. This year’s activity Zombie Outbreak: How Math Can Save Your Life was a huge success. Participants learned about math modeling by acting out several Human vs. Zombie simulations, analyzing the data after each round, and modifying the model parameters in hopes of saving humanity from a zombie apocalypse!”


Faculty Highlights

  • Dumbaugh invited to give plenary talk

    Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Program Coordinator, was invited to give a plenary talk at the Joint Mathematics Meetings of the Mathematical Association of America in Denver, CO. View the video here.

  • Wares Published

    Joanna R. Wares published an article in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Feb. 2020, Vo. 67, Number 2, with her colleague, Jana L. Gervertz, titled Fostering Diversity in Top-Rated Pure Mathematics Graduate Programs.

  • Tilton and Arnold Awarded

    Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold in partnership with Harvard Libraries received a $50,000 grant from “Collections As Data," which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. The project uses distant viewing and computer vision to analyze social protest photography.  

  • Arnold Published

    Dr. Taylor Arnold co-authored with Dr. Lauren Tilton (Rhetoric and Communication Studies) and Dr. Annie Berke (Section Editor, LA Review of Books) an article titled “Visual Style in Two Network Era Sitcoms” in the Journal of Cultural Analytics. The article is open access.

  • Hidden Figures Della Dumbaugh, professor of mathematics, can speak about Hidden Figures, which focuses on the African-American women who contributed to the space program.
  • Dumbaugh Awarded

    Dr. Della Dumbaugh has received the John M. Smith Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America’s Maryland, D.C., Virginia section.

  • Davis Awarded NSF Grant

    Dr. James Davis has been awarded $25,000 from the National Science Foundation in support of "Finite Fields and their Applications at Simon Fraser University,” a biannual conference being held in Vancouver, Canada that explores finite fields, an area of discrete mathematics.

  • Dumbaugh Article

    Dr. Della Dumbaugh recently published an article about Dr. Ruby Horne, who worked with the movie Hidden Figures[“The Hidden Figure of Hidden Figures: Rudy Horne,”Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 66 (February, 2019): 202-210]

  • Ross Article

    Math professor Bill Ross published, "Has one of math’s greatest mysteries, the Riemann hypothesis, finally been solved?" in The Conversation.

  • Dumbaugh Article

    Math professor Della Dumbaugh and her daughter Hannah Fenster published "Calculating Intersections: The Crossroads of Mathematics and Literature in the Lives of Mother and Daughter," in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

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The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from math and computer science faculty are being read around the globe.

Feature Stories

A hometown giftMike Kitimet, '19, used a Projects for Peace grant to open a library in his hometown. Read his story.
Math faculty and students attend WINRS at UVAMath professors Heather Russell and Della Dumbaugh chaired sessions at the Women’s Intellectual Network Research Symposium (WINRS) at UVA, where they were joined by UR students Barbara Fujita, Basel Arafat, Jonathan Rodriquez, Madeline Polhill, Ying Wu and Cathy Shi. Of special note, Basel presented his research the poster session and Ying and Cathy each gave a talk on their work on Solomon Lefschetz.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Department of Math & Computer Science
212 Jepson Hall
221 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8077
Fax: (804) 287-6444

Department Chair: Kathy Hoke
Mathematics Program Coordinator: Della Dumbaugh
Administrative coordinator: Kathy Rothert