Department of Mathematics
A native of Arkansas, Dr. Bailey arrived at UMF in 2000 after attending graduate school in Idaho. As an undergraduate, he received a degree in history as well as mathematics, which explains a rather keen interest in the history of mathematics. In his time at UMF, he has been involved with grants that focused on enhancing communication between math and science teachers at all levels and helping to better prepare high school students for college level mathematics classes. He has served as Chair of the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science since the fall of 2014 and is currently serving as chair of the Faculty Development Committee. Outside of school, Allen likes to read, hike, plant trees, and root for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Paul J Gies likes to say that while he was not actually born on Pluto, his home asteroid was destroyed by Zerkons. He also likes to say that after receiving his English degree from Iowa, and working for ten years, he applied for graduate school in English, but evidently he put down the wrong code number and ended up in mathematics. Every time he went to change it, the line was too long, so at last Gies found it easier simply to write a thesis in math. It's easier than trying to explain how a child of a math-phobic father and a medieval historian mother, born in Connecticut, wound up with a bachelor's degree in English from Iowa and a math PhD from Illinois, and found a job teaching in Maine. The truth is that the job announcement from UMF looked too good to be true; the job turned out to be even better than it had looked; and that once here, he realized he was in the right place to teach, to mentor students, and to write, write, write.
Dr. Peter Hardy was born in the month of December, in the little town of Bethlehem…Pennsylvania. Since then he has climbed Mt. Kenya on Christmas, slapped a seal in New Zealand, narrated a novel in Maine, snorkeled with sharks in Belize, betrothed a bride in Beijing, rode rapids in Bali, deferred a diploma in Mexico, rescued a rhesus in Rwanda, serenaded a street corner in Prague, and clutched a crocodile in Thailand. Exactly one of those exploits is untrue. He is currently teaching mathematics and zen, putting poetry to music and creating a sustainable lifestyle while living the dream with his family on Rainbow Farm in West Farmington.
Dr. Daniel Jackson's research interests include fractals, plane curves, and applied math. His personal interests include gardening (mostly vegetables and tree fruit) and hiking in the Western Maine Mountains.
Lori Koban's research is in combinatorics, especially matroids and their connections with graph theory. The main topic of her work is gain and biased graphs. These are graphs with additional structure that leads to new graphical matroids. The theories of gain and biased graphs are being developed by her advisor, Thomas Zaslavsky, in a series of papers entitled Biased Graphs. She has developed interests in both actuarial education and mathematics education.
Nicholas Koban has been a mathematics professor at UMF since 2006, and he teaches a wide variety of courses in the mathematics major as well as for other disciplines. He is interested in studying sets on which algebra can be performed (not necessarily sets of numbers), but uses geometry to study these algebraic sets instead of algebra. Each year he hires a research assistant to help with studying these algebraic objects. These students will usually assist in his research projects along with working on their own individual project.
Gail has applied her expertise in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computing at the Harvard School of Public Health in modeling risk analysis as well as developing theoretical measures in Biostatistics. In addition she has worked at Jackson Labs in Bar Harbor in the genomic area and including particularly conserved sequence elements from man to mouse. As both a Mathematician and a Computer Scientist, she applies both of these areas to development of algorithms and proving their correctness, three-dimensional graphics, and image processing. Gail is an avid biker and ocean kayaker. She also enjoys tennis, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
Stories about the terrifying figure of Mike Molinsky have been told around the campfire for generations. One such tale involves a teenage couple parked in Lover's Lane on a dark, starless night. The radio was suddenly interrupted by a bulletin announcing Molinsky's escape from the local asylum for the criminally insane and warning all citizens to beware this menace. Although her boyfriend was unconcerned, the young woman became convinced that they should leave their isolated spot. Finally, when the car unexpectedly lurched as if something had bumped into it, she begged her boyfriend to take her home. He sullenly agreed, slamming the car into gear and angrily speeding away. When they arrived at the young woman's house, she got out of the car. As she turned to shut the door, she suddenly stepped backward and screamed in terror: from the handle of the car door hung a mathematics homework assignment, completely covered in blood-red ink!