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Fall 2018: by appointment
Winter 2019: M 1:30–2:30 PM, WF 10:30–11:30 AM, and by appointment


PhD in Mathematics, UC Berkeley, 1981
BS in Mathematics, MIT, 1976


Research Field: 
Geometry, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics Education
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Past work has emphasized General Relativity, studying model spacetimes and their properties, as well as the interface between relativity and quantum physics. Current work investigates applications of the Octonions, the unique non-associative division algebra, to the physics of fundamental particles. Other past and present interests include Algebraic Computing, Asymptotic Structure, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space, and Signature Change.

Work in Mathematics Education includes directing the Vector Calculus Bridge Project, co-directing the Paradigms in Physics Project, and designing course content for the Oregon Mathematics Leadership Institute, as well as close collaboration with the Physics Education Group at OSU and membership in the ESTEME group of science educators at OSU.