Department of Mathematical Sciences |
Laura Smithies Associate Professor of Mathematics Phone : (330) 672-9027 e-mail : lsmithie@kent.edu Departmental Fax : (330) 672-2209 Department Phone : (330)672-2430 |
"Runty" (son) |

## Schedule |
## Teaching Resources |
## Research Interests |
## Community Outreach |

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 post-doctoral 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.

## Fall 2014 Teaching Schedule |
Hasen "Pfeffer" Smithies (dad) |

This semester I am teaching Explorations in Modern Math (Math 11008-003) and Discrete Math (Math 31012-001). Both classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Explorations class meets 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM (Smith 111) and the Discrete Math class meets from 9:15 to 10:30 (MSB 109). In general, this semester I will be on campus Mondays and Wednesdays. I will be in or around my office most of the time from about 10:30 AM until to 12:00 PM, but you can also arrange to meet with me by emailing me at lsmithie@kent.edu. My office is in the Mathematical Sciences Building (MSB 204, 2-9027).

"Whitey" and "Runty" (mom and son) |
## Fall 2014 Classes |

Fall 2014
Explorations in Math Math-11008-003 Times: M W 7:45 - 9:00 AM Place: Smith 111 |
Fall 2014 Discrete Mathematics Math-31011-001 Times: M W 9:15 - 10:30 AM Place: MSB 109 |
Math Office Hours Place: Math. Sciences Bldg. Room: MSB 204 (2-9027) Time: M W 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Also: Appt. as needed |

Explorations in Modern Math
TEST 1 and TEST 1 Solns TEST 2 and TEST 2 Solns TEST 3 and TEST 3 Solns |
Discrete Math
Discrete - Final Exam - Tuesday Dec.9th 10:15 - 12:30 PM Final Review |

## Research Interests |
Whitey and Pfeffer's kids |

My research interest is the study of (linear) operators and operator-valued functions. My current research project is a study of Gershgorin-type 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:

Ph.D. Advisees:

Dissertation: Perturbations of Norm Attaining Operators. Ph.D. awarded in August 2001. |
Dissertation: Multi-dimensional 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.