Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Laura Smithies Associate Professor of Mathematics Phone : (330) 6729027 email : lsmithie@kent.edu Departmental Fax : (330) 6722209 Department Phone : (330)6722430 
"Runty" (son) 
Schedule 
Teaching Resources 
Research Interests 
Community Outreach 
Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule 
Hasen "Pfeffer" Smithies (dad) 
"Whitey" and "Runty" (mom and son) 
Fall 2014 Classes 
Fall 2014
Explorations in Math Math11008003 Times: M W 7:45  9:00 AM Place: Smith 111 
Fall 2014 Discrete Mathematics Math31011001 Times: M W 9:15  10:30 AM Place: MSB 109 
Math Office Hours Place: Math. Sciences Bldg. Room: MSB 204 (29027) Time: M W 10:30 AM  12:00 PM Also: Appt. as needed 
Explorations in Modern Math

Discrete Math
Discrete  Final Exam  Tuesday Dec.9th 10:15  12:30 PM 
Research Interests 
Whitey and Pfeffer's kids 
Publications:
Ph.D. Advisees:
Dissertation: Perturbations of Norm Attaining Operators. Ph.D. awarded in August 2001. 
Dissertation: Multidimensional Polynomial Inequalities. Ph.D. awarded in August 2004. 
"Pfeffer and Runty" 
Community Outreach 
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.