A New Face in Math (at UAS)
Megan Buzby will be joining the Juneau Mathematics Faculty in Fall 2009. Megan grew up in Salcha, Alaska, and is looking forward to being in the midst of all that is (Southeast) Alaskan. She is into sports, the outdoors, and says she is not afraid of the rain ... yet. As for teaching at UAS, Megan says:
"I am very excited about coming to Juneau and joining the community and math faculty at UAS. Since having several great math teachers in high school and then college, I've wanted to follow in their footsteps and make a positive impact on my own students."
Megan's background, teaching experience, interdisciplinary interests and area of specialization make her a great addition to the mathematics program and UAS. She received her undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics in 2003 from Adams State College, Colorado, while also on the ASC's Division II Grizzlies volleyball teams. She then moved into what is commonly referred to as Biomathematics and earned her MS in mathematics in 2005 from Colorado State University at Fort Collins; her MS thesis title was "Quantitative sensitivity analysis of a vector-borne disease model using adjoint techniques". After a year of teaching at Laramie Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming, (2005 - 2006) she went back to Fort Collins where she is currently working under Dr. Donald Estep on "Short time error analysis of deterministic ODE solutions and the expected value of the corresponding birth-death process" for her PhD in mathematics.