# Victoria S Akin

- Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

**Office Hours:**

**112L: **Spring 2019 TBA

I am interested in Math Education. In particular, I am studying retention of women in STEM and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math.

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

### Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Problem-based Learning to Improve Girls' Math Identity awarded by Duke Bass Connections (2018 to 2020)

Handel, A, Akin, V, Pilyugin, SS, Zarnitsyna, V, and Antia, R. "How sticky should a virus be? The impact of virus binding and release on transmission fitness using influenza as an example." *Journal of the Royal Society, Interface* 11.92 (March 2014): 20131083-null.
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Akin, V, Johnson, CR, and Nasserasr, S. "TP_k completions of partial matrices with one unspecified entry(Published online)." *Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra* 27.1.
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Akin, VS.* An algebraic characterization of the point-pushing subgroup.* June 10, 2017. (PhD Thesis)