# Victoria S Akin

- Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

**Office Hours:**

**112L: Spring 2020**

Monday-1pm to 3pm in Classroom Building 132

Tuesday-10am-11am in Physics 123

Wednesday-3pm to 4pm in Classroom Building 132

**EHD 396: Spring 2020**Thursday-2pm to 3pm

I am an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Mathematics Department. I work primarily on teaching and math education. I am currently interested in the retention of women in STEM fields and the effect of intervention programs on girls' attitudes and beliefs about math. I am co-directing the Girls Exploring Math (GEM) program as part of this research effort.

My thesis work is 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? I am interested in characterizing the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

### Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Improving Girls’ Math Identity through Problem Solving and Mentorship awarded by Duke Bass Connections (2020 to 2021)

Spatial Reasoning and Problem-based Learning to Improve Girls' Math Identity awarded by Duke Bass Connections (2019 to 2020)

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

Akin, V. “An algebraic characterization of the point-pushing subgroup.” *Journal of Algebra*, vol. 541, Jan. 2020, pp. 98–125. *Scopus*, doi:10.1016/j.jalgebra.2019.09.008.
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Handel, Andreas, et al. “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*, vol. 11, no. 92, Mar. 2014, p. 20131083. *Epmc*, doi:10.1098/rsif.2013.1083.
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Akin, V., et al. “TP_k completions of partial matrices with one unspecified entry.” *Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra*, vol. 27, no. 1, University of Wyoming Libraries. *Crossref*, doi:10.13001/1081-3810.1628.
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The Math department congratulates its faculty members Tori Akin, Rann Bar-on, Sarah Schott, Hugh Bray and Tom Witelski. They have been recognized by Academic Affairs for their contribution to teaching excellence at Duke. These faculty are in the... read more »