Alison Marr

Notable Achievements

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was active at MathFest, a national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in Denver, Colo., Aug. 1 4, 2018.

  • President and Professor of Mathematics Edward Burger gave the invited plenary talk, “Think. Create. Connect: To Make Meaning and Make a Difference” to Project NExT, New Experiences in Teaching, a professional-development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences.
  • Professor of Mathematics Fumiko Futamura and Robert Lehr ’15 received the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for expository excellence for their article “A New Perspective on Finding the Viewpoint,” published in the October 2017 issue of Mathematics Magazine.
  • Lehr won an award for his presentation “Perspective Drawing: How to Find the Immersion Point,” in the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) student session.  He will begin his first year at the University of Texas School of Architecture this August. PME funded his attendance at the meeting.
  • Futamura copresented an expert class, the MAA Minicourse “Visualizing Projective Geometry Through Photographs and Perspective Drawings,” with Annalisa Crannell of Franklin & Marshall College.
  • Futamura was a panelist for the Project NExT panel discussion on “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Mathematics Major.” She discussed the EQUIP program and shared her experiences in cobuilding and coteaching in the program.
  • Professor of Mathematics Alison Marr presented “Hidden No More Lecture Series,” based on her minigrant from the National Science Foundation.
  • Marr coauthored “Re-Envisioning the Calculus Sequence,” based on her grant from the Associated Colleges of the South with Alex M. McAllister, of Centre College, and Joel Kilty, of Centre College.
  • Marr served as a moderator for the Town Hall “Shaping and Fostering an Equitable Community in Our Departments.” The results of this Town Hall discussion will be published in the Association for Women in Mathematics NewsletterMAA FOCUS, and Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Therese Shelton and Emma Kathryn Groves ’17  copresented “Incorporating Biology Topics Into Mathematics Undergraduate Experiences.” Groves just completed her first year in the Mathematics graduate program at North Carolina State University. She began work on mathematical models of cholera during her HHMI-funded SCOPE in 2016 with Yinlin Dai ’16, supervised by Shelton. Shelton also shared some of her work funded under the W. M. Keck grant at Southwestern.
  • Shelton participated in a Data Science Workshop and joined a focus group of the MAA Committee on Faculty and Departments by invitation.
  • Shelton participated in events for SIMIODE, including a meeting of the coprincipal investigators of their grant from the National Science Foundation, which partly funded Shelton’s attendance.
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics John Ross presented “Implementing Mastery-Based Quizzes and Tests in a Calculus Course.”
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Expertise

Graph theory, graph labeling

Alison Marr received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 2007, her M.S. from Texas A&M University in 2004, and her B.A. from Murray State University in 2002. Before attending Texas A&M, Marr participated in the EDGE summer program and before her senior year at Murray State participated in the Oklahoma Weather Center’s REU. She has been at Southwestern since 2007 and has served as Department Chair and co-chair of the Transforming Paideia Initiative. She teaches classes across the math curriculum from Introduction to Statistics to Calculus to Algebraic Structures. She also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses such as her FYS on television game shows and her team taught Global Health Paideia Seminar. 

 

Outside Southwestern, Marr is active in the inquiry-based learning (IBL) community serving on the MLI Board of Directors, was the first secretary-treasurer for the IBL SIGMAA, and co-organized two IBL mini-conferences. 

  • Alison Marr received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 2007, her M.S. from Texas A&M University in 2004, and her B.A. from Murray State University in 2002. Before attending Texas A&M, Marr participated in the EDGE summer program and before her senior year at Murray State participated in the Oklahoma Weather Center’s REU. She has been at Southwestern since 2007 and has served as Department Chair and co-chair of the Transforming Paideia Initiative. She teaches classes across the math curriculum from Introduction to Statistics to Calculus to Algebraic Structures. She also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses such as her FYS on television game shows and her team taught Global Health Paideia Seminar. 

     

    Outside Southwestern, Marr is active in the inquiry-based learning (IBL) community serving on the MLI Board of Directors, was the first secretary-treasurer for the IBL SIGMAA, and co-organized two IBL mini-conferences. 

  • Books

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

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

    1. “Note on In-antimagicness and Out-antimagicness of Digraphs.” with S. Arumugam, M. Baca, A. Fenovcikova and K. A. Sugeng. Submitted.
    2. “Taking Mathematics Abroad: A How-To Guide.” with F. Futamura. Accepted. To appear in PRIMUS.
    3. “Coprime and Prime Labelings of Graphs.” with A. Berliner, N. Dean, J. Hook, A. Mbirika, C. McBee. J. Integer Seq. 19 (2016), no.5, Article 16.5.8, 14 pp.
    4. “In-Magic Total Labelings of Digraphs.” with S. Ochel (’09) and B. Perez (’16). Journal of Graph Labeling. 1 Issue 2 (2015) 82–93.
    5. “Sparse Semi-Magic Squares and Labelings of Directed Graphs.” Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics. 48 (2015) 3–10.
    6. “Minimal Pancyclic Graphs.” with J.C. George and W.D. Wallis. Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing. 86 (2013).
    7. “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).
    8. “Magic Vertex Labelings of Directed Graphs.” International Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science 4, no. 2, (2009).
    9. “Bimagic Labelings.” with N.C.K. Phillips and W.D. Wallis. AKCE International Journal of Graphs and Combinatorics 6, no. 1, (2009).
    10. “Magic Directed Graphs.” with Gary Bloom and W.D. Wallis. Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing 65 (2008).
    11. “Graceful Labelings of Directed Graphs.” Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing 66 (2008).
    12. “Closed Neighborhood Anti-Sperner Graphs” with J.P. McSorley, T. D. Porter, and W.D. Wallis. Australasian Journal of Combinatorics 38 (2007).
    13. “On Relatively Prime Graphs” with Amy Collins and Arthur M. Hobbs. Congressus Numerantium 164 (2003).

    Peer-Reviewed Classroom Modules

    1.  “#Networks4All.” CCICADA Education Modules. Submitted.
    2. “Cryptography in Forensics.” CCICADA Education Modules. (2015). http://ccicada.org/education/ccicada-education-modules/

    Other Publications

    1.  “The PCMI Workshop for Mentors: A Weeklong Workshop on Diversity?” with A. R. Alvarez, M. Espanol, A. Faridani, C. V. Flores, J. McNulty, E. Newman, R. Nugent, A. Seneres, M. Shott, W. Y. Velez, and E. Walker. Notices of the AMS. May 2018. 
  • 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 2006

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