Math & Computer Science

Alison Marr

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Areas of expertise
Graph theory, graph labeling

Education

PhD, Southern Illinois University 2007
MS, Texas A&M University 2004
BA, Murray State University 2002

Positions

Assistant Professor
Southwestern University
August 01, 2007 - present

Teaching Philosophy


Previous Courses

Math 154-Calculus I, Math 254-Calculus II, Math 683-Algebraic Structures I, Math 693-Algebraic Structures II

Publications

Magic Graphs  with W.D. Wallis. Second Edition. Birkhauser, Boston. 2012.

"Minimal Pancyclic Graphs." with J.C. George and W.D. Wallis. Submitted. 

"Some Families of Fixed Points for the Eccentric Digraph Operator." with R.T. Denman and B. M. Anthony. Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing. 78 (2011). 

"Magic Vertex Labelings of Directed Graphs.''  International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science 4, No. 2 (2009).

"Bimagic Labelings.'' with N.C.K. Phillips and W.D. Wallis. AKCE International Journal of Graphs and Combinatorics 6, No. 1 (2009). 

"Magic Directed Graphs." with Gary Bloom and W.D. Wallis. Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing 65 (2008).

"Graceful Labelings of Directed Graphs." Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing 66 (2008).

"Closed Neighborhood Anti-Sperner Graphs" with J.P. McSorley, T. D. Porter, and W.D. Wallis. Australasian Journal of Combinatorics 38 (2007).

"On Relatively Prime Graphs" with Amy Collins and Arthur M. Hobbs.  Congressus Numerantium 164 (2003).


Seminars & Presentations

Chair of Organizing Committee for CombinaTexas 2012 held at Southwestern University

Conference Presentations:

International Workshop on Graph Labeling, Contribued Talk, "Magic type labelings of directed graphs", July 2012

Mid-West Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing,  Invited address "The Best Magic (Directed Graph) Show in Vegas", October 2011

International Workshop on Graph Labeling, Contributed Talk, "Some new results on labelings of directed graphs", October 2010

R.L. Moore Conference, Panel participant, "New Users Panel", June 2010

CombinaTexas, Contributed Talk "A new type of magic labeling for digraphs", April 2010 

Mid-West Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing, Contributed talk "Some Families of Fixed Points for the Eccentric Digraph Operator", October 2009

Mid-West Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing, Contributed talk "Magic vertex labelings of directed graphs", October 2008

MAA Texas Section Spring Meeting, Contributed Talk "Labelings of Directed Graphs",  April 2008

Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA, AWM Workshop presenter "Graceful Labelings Meet Directed Graphs", January 2008

Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA, Contributed Talk "Magic Labeling of Directed Graphs",  January 2007

Mid-West Conference on Combinatorics, Cryptography and Computing, Contributed talk "Graceful labelings of directed graphs", October 2006

AMS Spring South Sectional Meeting, Special Session on Graph Theory "Properties of closed neighborhood anti-Sperner graphs", April 2005

AMS Spring Central Sectional Meeting, "Closed neighborhood anti-Sperner graphs", March 2005

Kentucky Section MAA Spring Conference, Contributed Talk "An Algebra of Kinship Study of the Cherokee Tribe", April 2002

Kentucky Section MAA Spring Conference, Contributed Talk "Games and Graphs", April 2001

Southern Regional Honors Conference, Contributed Talk "Squaring the Circle...Literally", March 2002

Southern Regional Honors Conference, Contributed Talk with Audra Jennings and Tom Cecil, March 2001

Southern Regional Honors Conference, Contributed Talk with Audra Jennings and Tom Cecil, March 1999


Other Presentations:

North Lousiana Teachers' Circle, "Graph Theory and Magic Squares", April 2012

Math Teachers' Circle of Austin, "Magical Problems on Magic Squares and Magic Graphs", February 2011

El Dorado High School, Mathematics and Game Shows in-class presentations, March 2010

University of Dallas Mathematics Colloquium, "A Magical Mystery Tour of Labelings", October 2009 

EDGE Summer Program, Joint Invited Speaker for Banquet, June 2009

Southwestern University Math Club, Participated in talks given by department members on their research, November 2008

Texas A&M University Algebra and Combinatroics Seminar, "A Magical Tour of Various Magic-Type Labelings", October 2008

Southwestern University Math and Computer Science Seminar, "Something full of grace, followed by some real magic", October 2007

SIU Combinatorics Seminar, "Labelings of directed graphs", August 2006

SIU Combinatorics Seminar, "Graceful directed graphs", March 2006

SIU Combinatorics Seminar, "Closed neighborhood anit-Sperner graphs", April 2005

SIU Combinatorics Seminar, "On constant weight TSP labelings in Kn", February 2005

Guest lecture in abstract algebra class at Murray State University, "Good times with groups and graphs", March 2005


Honors & Awards

Finalist, Southwestern University Teaching Award, 2011; Faculty-Student Project Research Grant, 2009; Selected as a National Project NExT Fellow, June 2008; Texas Section NExT Fellow, Fall 2007; Dissertation Research Award Fellowship, 2006-2007; John M. H.Olmsted Outstanding Ph.D. Teaching Assistant, Spring 2006; NSF VIGRE Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2002-2003

 


Groups & Affiliations

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Assosciation of Women in Mathematics (AWM)