Homepage of Laura Smithies

Kent State University

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
"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 2019 Teaching Schedule

from the Homepage of Laura Smithies
Pfeffer
Hasen "Pfeffer" Smithies (dad)


This semester I am teaching Analysis I (Math 4/52001) from 12:05 to 12:55 PM (MWF) and Explorations in Modern Math (Math 11008-002) from 1:10 to 2:09 PM (MWF). I also teach a section of First Year Experience (FYE) on Wednesdays. I am in my office (MSB 204) from 10:30 - 11:50 AM, Monday and Friday and from 10:00 to 10:50 AM on Wednesday. I am essentially always able to meet with students after 2:00 PM or before 10:00 AM. However, you will need to make an appointment for times other than my office hours, since I may not be in my office if I do not expect anyone to be looking for me. You should speak with me in person or email me at lsmithie@kent.edu if you would like to meet with me at a time other than my office hours.

My Analysis class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in MSB 106; The Explorations class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in MSB 319; My FYE class meets on Wednesdays in Henderson Hall 108.

In general, this semester I will be on campus in my office before and after my classes. Unless I have a meeting, I do not generally come to campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Pfeffer
"Whitey" and "Runty" (mom and son)



Fall Classes

from the Homepage of Laura Smithies

Fall 2019
Analysis I
Math-4/52001-001
Times: MWF 12:05 - 12:55 PM
Place: MSB 106
Fall 2019
Explorations in Modern Math
Math-11008-002
Times: M W F 1:10 - 2:00 PM
Place: HND 107
Fall 2019
FYE
UC-10097-018
Times: W 11:00 - 11:50 PM
Place: HND 108
Fall 2019
Office Hours
Mon, Fri 10:30 - 11:50 AM,
Wed. 10:00 - 10:50 AM,
By appt.
Place: MSB 204

NOTE:

If my office 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.







Analysis I
  • Math 4/52001 Syllabus
  • Academic Dishonesty (condensed) Policies
  • Logic Review Handout
  • Midterm Review Handout
  • Midterm Defns Handout
  • Midterm Highlights Handout

  • Explorations in Math
  • Explorations Sylabus Math 11008 Syllabus
  • Academic Dishonesty (condensed) Policies
  • Math 11008 Learning Outcomes
  • Lecture Highlights Counting 1
  • Lecture Highlights Counting 2
  • Counting Methods Handout
  • Counting Previous Test
  • Counting Prev. Test Soln.
  • Free Tutoring!

    Our tutor Rachel Harris is available
  • MWF 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, TuTh 4:00 PM - 5:00PM
  • Link to schedule tutoring
  • My office hours information is listed above
  • and Jooyoung Shin is in room 215 on
  • M. 11-12, Tu 12-1, Th 4-5

  • Lecture Highlights Voting 1
  • Lecture Highlights Voting 2
  • Lecture Highlights Voting 3
  • Voting Test Review Wed 10/30
  • Fairness Review Wed 10/30
  • Voting Prac. Test Wed 10/30
  • Voting Prac. Test Solns

  • Lecture Highlights Weighted Voting 1
  • Lecture Highlights Weighted Voting 2
  • Weighted Voting Review Wed 11/20
  • Weight Vote Prac. Test Wed 11/20
  • Weight Vote Prac. Quizes Wed 11/20
  • Weight Vote Prac. Quizes Soln
  • Banzhaf Example Wed 11/20





  • First Year Experience
  • FYE Sylabus UC 10097 018 Syllabus
  • Academic Dishonesty (condensed) Policies
  • FYE Required A.L.I.C.E. Training
  • Link to ALICE Training
  • FYE Extra Credit Think About It
  • Link to Think About It






  • Research Interests

    from the Homepage of Laura Smithies
    baby bunnies
    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:

  • Laura Smithies, The Structured Distance to Nearly Normal Matrices ETNA Vol. 36 pp. 99-112, 2010

  • Laura Smithies, A note on polar decomposition Gershgorin sets, J. of LAA Vol. 429 Issue 10, ppl 2623-2637, 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), 370-380.

  • Alfred S. Cavaretta, Laura Smithies, Lipschitz-type bounds for the map A -> |A| on L(H), J. of LAA 336 (2003), 15-20.

  • Laura Smithies, Finite rank operator valued functions, J. of LAA 336 (2001), 21-27.

  • Per Enflo, Jan Kover, Laura Smithies, Denseness for Norm Attaining Operator Valued Functions, J. of LAA 336 (2001), 15-20.

  • P. Enflo, Laura Smithies, Harnack's Theorem for Harmonic Operator Valued Functions, J. of LAA 336 (2001),21-27.

  • Laura Smithies, J.L. Taylor, An Analytic Riemann-Hilbert Correspondence for Semi-simple Lie Groups, AMS J. of Representation Theory 4 (2000), 398-445.

  • 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: Multi-dimensional Polynomial Inequalities.
    Ph.D. awarded in August 2004.


  • Pfeffer and Runty
    "Pfeffer and Runty"



    Community Outreach

    from the Homepage of Laura Smithies

    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.

    Last modified: Wed Sep 2 10:09:51 EDT 2015