Victoria S Akin

Victoria S Akin
  • Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics
Office Hours: 

111L: Tuesday 4-5 in Physics 123
112L: Tuesday 5-6 in Physics 123
By appointment: Wednesday 2-3 in West Duke 09A
Help Room: Tuesday 2-3 and Wednesday 4:30-5:30

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.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 2017

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Problem-based Learning to Improve Girls' Math Identity awarded by Duke Bass Connections (2018 to 2019)

Akin, V, Johnson, CR, and Nasserasr, S. "TP_k completions of partial matrices with one unspecified entry." Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra 27.1 (June 1, 2014). Full Text

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-. Full Text

Akin, VS. An algebraic characterization of the point-pushing subgroup. June 10, 2017. (PhD Thesis)