Faculty Research

Our Faculty's Recent Work


Megan Kerr attended a conference on “Lie Group Actions in Riemannian Geometry” at Dartmouth College in June 2017. In August 2017, she gave a survey talk at the conference “Representations of Riemannian Geometry” in honor of Wolfgang Ziller’s 65th birthday, which she co-organized.  Megan is also co-organizing an AMS special session on “Nilpotent and Solvable Geometry” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January 2018. Looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 year, Megan is hoping to completing two research projects she has underway.

Since July 2016, Megan has been chair of the Mathematics Department. Starting in 2017, Megan has been a member of the MAA Council on Prizes and Awards.  In 2018, she begins a term on the AMS-Simons Travel Grants Committee.

Karen Lange was thrilled to receive a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for 2017-2022 to support her research in computability and computable structure theory.  Over the past year, her papers Classifications of Structures, with R. Miller and R. Steiner, and Bounded low and high sets, with B. Anderson and B. Csima, appeared in the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic and the Archive for Mathematical Logic respectively.    Karen also enjoyed visiting Turku, Finland in June 2017 to deliver a plenary address at the Computability in Europe 2017 conference on the structure of c.e. sets under inclusion.   

Ann Trenk  enjoyed her sabbatical in Spring 2017 and took advantage of this opportunity to travel and prepare several research papers for  publication.   Two of these papers stem from work in Simona Boyadzhiyska’s senior thesis, "Interval Orders with Restrictions on the Interval Lengths,”  (2015-16).    She travelled to conferences in Florida and Scotland and gave talks at West Chester University (PA), Lehigh University (PA), Hampshire College (MA), and the Wellesley Club of Minnesota.

Professor Trenk is interested in using hands-on activities in mathematics to facilitate student learning.   She regularly collaborates with students from her classes to develop these interactive exhibits and to bring them  (both the students and the exhibits) to the annual Science Night at Hardy Elementary School and to other venues.  In Spring 2017, she began collaborating with Amy Banzaert in the Engineering department to design and create additional models using digital fabrication tools.

Ismar Volić is returning from a productive summer during which he attended conferences in Montreal, Canada, and the Galapagos, Ecuador. He submitted three papers for publication:  Milnor invariants, trivalent trees, and configuration space integrals, coauthored with Robin Koytcheff, Low stages of the Taylor tower for r-immersions, coauthored with Bridget Schreiner and Franjo Šarčević (Bridget did a senior thesis with Prof. Volić, and this paper contains her results from that project), and A streamlined proof of the convergence of the Taylor tower for embeddings in Rn, coauthored with Franjo Šarčević.  He looks forward to continuing his work on several new projects, a forthcoming trip to Sarajevo, and a sabbatical semester in spring '18 which he will spend at the University of Sarajevo.

Qing (Wendy) Wang greatly enjoyed her first year at Wellesley. She had three publications in the past year: the paper entitled “Pseudo-kernel method in U-statistic variance estimation with large kernel size” (with Bruce G. Lindsay) appeared in the July issue of Statistica Sinica, and the paper entitled “Extrapolation techniques in U-statistic variance estimation” recently appeared in Communication in Statistics-Theory and Methods. She also has a statistical article, “Deeper pockets, deeper pleasure?” (with Jamie Warner, Olga Dobromyrova, and Dana Shay), published in the April issue of Significance. In addition, she has two research papers under review at refereed journals.

In 2016-2017 Wendy supervised the honors thesis of Yuanchu Dang (Williams College, '17) who received the highest honors in Mathematics. She is currently working with Yuanchu in completing a paper based on his thesis work. She also supervised a summer research student, Victoria Wu ’18, on a project about multi-label classification during the Science Summer Research program.  She will continue working with Victoria in the coming year.

Wendy welcomed her first baby in late November 2016. She is returning from parental leave, and is looking forward to teaching statistics again this year.