Who I am: I am a Professor of Mathematics at Boston College. Although my formal training was in pure mathematics and computer science, I have worked in the area of statistics since I was an NCI (National Cancer Institute) Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. While at Sloan-Kettering, I worked with a multidisciplinary team of researchers on statistical issues in the analysis of CT (computed tomography) brain scans in cancer patients. Since then, I have collaborated with medical and environmental scientists, and with research statisticians, on various projects.

My research has included the design and implementation of computer-intensive statistical methods for the analysis of discrete data; statistical modeling and analyses of clinical data on treatments for premature infants; statistical modeling and analyses of data from fisheries studies of important shellfish populations in the northeast (the softshell clam, Mya arenaria, and the oyster, Crossostrea virginica) and of an invasive species to the northeast (the Asian shore crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus); and statistical methods for forecasting earthquakes. Most recently, I have focused on statistical and algebraic methods in genetics.

Early in my career I co-authored a book on the mathematics of architectural design. The book was re-issued by Cambridge University Press in 2010; information about the book can be obtained here. A theorem from the book, on the mathematics of rigid frameworks, was featured at The Theorem of The Day website in 2009, and in the 2010 calendar entitled "12 Theorems by Women Mathematicians". A description of the rigid frameworks theorem can be obtained here.

In 2010 I became the subject of an award-winning essay written by Ms. Ada Li, a student at the Walter S. Parker Middle School in Reading, Massachusetts. The essay contest was sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics; information about the 2010 contest can be obtained here. Congratulations, Ada!

Curriculum development related to statistics: I have worked on several curriculum development projects related to statistics. The goal of the first project was to introduce modern statistical methods to students in mathematical statistics courses; information on the text developed from this project can be obtained here. The goal of the second project was to develop a course in applied mathematics for doctoral candidates in the behavioral and social sciences and in the professional schools interested in pursuing the Graduate Statistics Minor; information on this course can be obtained here. My most recent project involved developing a mathematics core course for nursing majors designed to introduce the principles of probability and statistics, with applications in the health sciences; information on this course can be obtained here.

Course web pages: The courses I have taught in recent years include Principles of Statistics for the Health Sciences (MT180), Multivariable Calculus (MT202), Linear Algebra (MT210), Mathematics for Management Science (MT235), Probability Theory (MT426), Mathematical Statistics (MT427), Applied Mathematics for Statistics (MT580), Topics in Modern Statistics (MT480/MT853).