Homepage of Laura Smithies
A brief
curriculum vita is available for download in PDF format.
I came to Kent State University in 1997, after I received my Ph.D.
at the University of
Utah,
under the direction of Joseph L. Taylor.
In my dissertation and early postdoctoral research, I used various tools
from functional analysis to study geometric representations of Lie group
representations. Other early research interests at KSU involved applications
of functional analysis to perturbation theory and approximation theory.
My current research interests are applications of functional
analysis to numerical methods in linear algebra.
I've always enjoyed teaching very much and I particularly
appreciate student participation in class and/or office hours.
In addition to teaching and publishing math research, I served for many
years as
a Faculty Associate for the First Year Experience program, which is run
by KSU Residential
Living.. I also serve as the departmental community outreach
coordinator, specializing in high school recruitment and freshman
retention.
This semester I am teaching Explorations in Modern Math (Math 11008002)
and Linear Algebra (Math 21001002). The Explorations class meets Mon, Tues
and Thurs from 7:458:35 AM in MSB Room 319 (Math Emporium). The Linear class
meets Mon and Weds from 9:15  10:30 AM in MSB Room 104.
In general, this semester I will be on campus Mondays through Thursday.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, I will be in or around my office most of the time from about
8:40  9:10. Then I go to teach Linear Algebra and will be back around my office
about 10:30 AM. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I will be in or around my office from
8:40  10:30 AM. Generally, if nobody has contacted me asking to meet with me,
I leave shortly after 10:30AM. But I am free to stay until much later. So, if you
would like to meet with me just let me know before or after class or by email
at lsmithie@kent.edu.
My office is in the Mathematical Sciences Building (MSB 204, 29027).
Spring 2015
Explorations in Math
Math11008002
Times: M T R 7:45  8:35 AM
Place: MSB 319

Spring 2015
Linear Algebra
Math21001002
Times: M W 9:15  10:30 AM
Place: MSB 104

Math Office Hours
Place: Math. Sciences Bldg.
Room: MSB 204 (29027)
Time: M W 8:40 AM  9:10 AM, T R 8:40 AM  10:30 AM
Also: Appt. as needed

NOTE:
If the above hours do not work for
you, I'd be happy to meet with you at some other time.
Just let me know your schedule and we'll find a time.
Also, notice that I am in our classroom early and late.
This is another good time to ask questions.
My research interest is the study of (linear) operators and
operatorvalued functions. My current research project is
a study of Gershgorintype sets with Richard S. Varga. This
project evolved into a study of nearly normal matrices.
Prior to this, I did a project, with
Natacha Fontes, which combined the tools of operator theory
and approximation theory. Before that, I worked with Jan Kover
and Per Enflo on projects involving applications of operator theory
to perturbation theory.
Publications:
Laura Smithies,
The Structured Distance to Nearly Normal Matrices
ETNA Vol. 36 pp. 99112, 2010
Laura Smithies,
A note on polar decomposition Gershgorin sets,
J. of LAA Vol. 429 Issue 10, ppl 26232637, November 2008
Natacha Fontes, Janice Kover, Laura Smithies, Richard S. Varga,
Singular value decomposition normally estimated Gershgorin Sets,
ETNA 256 August 2007.
Laura Smithies, Richard S. Varga,
Singular Value Decomposition Gershgorin Sets,
J. of LAA 417 (2005), 370380.
Alfred S. Cavaretta, Laura Smithies,
Lipschitztype bounds for the map A > A on L(H),
J. of LAA 336 (2003), 1520.
Laura Smithies, Finite rank operator valued functions,
J. of LAA 336 (2001), 2127.
Per Enflo, Jan Kover, Laura Smithies,
Denseness for Norm Attaining Operator Valued Functions,
J. of LAA 336 (2001), 1520.
P. Enflo, Laura Smithies,
Harnack's Theorem for Harmonic Operator Valued Functions,
J. of LAA 336 (2001),2127.
Laura Smithies, J.L. Taylor, An Analytic RiemannHilbert Correspondence
for Semisimple Lie Groups,
AMS J. of Representation Theory 4 (2000), 398445.
Laura Smithies, Equivariant Analytic Localization of
Group Representations, Memoirs of AMS. 153 No. 728. (Sept. 2001).
Ph.D. Advisees:
Janice Kover (Directed with Per Enflo)
Dissertation: Perturbations of Norm Attaining Operators.
Ph.D. awarded in August 2001.

Natacha Fontes (Directed with Alfred S. Cavaretta)
Dissertation: Multidimensional Polynomial Inequalities.
Ph.D. awarded in August 2004.

I am the Outreach Coordinator for the KSU department of Mathematical
Sciences. I serve as a liaison between our department and the community.
I am especially interested in matters pertaining to KSU freshmen and high
school students. I routinely represent our department at events
directed at these groups. For example,
Academic Discovery
Days,
College of Arts and
Sciences, and
KSU Residential Living
Events.
I also organize our department's annual High School
Math Scholarship Contest. Awards range from $100 book scholarships
to $4,000 in tuition waivers for KSU. Please contact me, if you have
any questions about these or similar programs.
Over the years, I've set up volunteer tutoring programs at
local schools such as Rauch Intermediate and Brown Elementary.
Many of these volunteer tutors are members of the KSU organization
"Frasority". I am the faculty adviser for this service club
which was formed by First Year Experience students.
Last year, I started a Bunny Outreach program.
The special education students at Roosevelt High School
are growing herbs for my bunnies at a local community garden.
I bring my bunnies into their class, and to the garden and
teach them about bunny care and feeding. This year I will give
several talks to a local math club for gifted
students (at Stanton). Please contact me, if you would like
me to work with your gifted (or struggling) math students.
For the last five years, I have been a coach or assistant
coach in basketball and soccer in the
All Star Training Club. This is an athletic organization
for mentally or physically challenged people. I am also
a trainer for Special Olympics athletes in soccer and track.
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