Julie Beier
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Julie Beier’s research gets very complicated very quickly. To explain it, she uses metaphors. For example: It’s like understanding a person by looking at their actions in the world. But rather than people, Julie studies Lie algebras. She also has projects in algebraic combinatorics, algebra, graph theory, and the learning of mathematics.

“I love teaching most mathematics courses!” she says. “As an algebraist, I have lots of fun teaching the Abstract Algebra sequence. In this sequence we explore mathematical structures and how these structures live. I also enjoy other transition courses such as Sophomore Seminar, a course that introduces students to the techniques of proofs, and Calculus A, the first time we really have to deal with infinitely large and infinitely small.”

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 93

Phone
765-983-1620

E-mail
beierju@earlham.edu

Office
208 Dennis Hall

Website
Website Link

Programs/Departments

  • Mathematics

Degrees

  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., North Carolina State University
  • B.S., Barton College

Selected Courses:

I love teaching most mathematics courses! As an algebraist, I have lots of fun teaching the Abstract Algebra sequence. In this sequence we explore mathematical structures and how these structures live. I also enjoy other transition courses such as Sophomore Seminar, a course that introduces students to the techniques of proofs, and Calculus A, the first time we really have to deal with infinitely large and infinitely small.

I love teaching most mathematics courses! As an algebraist, I have lots of fun teaching the Abstract Algebra sequence. In this sequence we explore mathematical structures and how these structures live. I also enjoy other transition courses such as Sophomore Seminar, a course that introduces students to the techniques of proofs, and Calculus A, the first time we really have to deal with infinitely large and infinitely small.

I study the representation theory of Lie algebras.  Representation theorists observe how a group acts on vector spaces to understand the group itself.  This is like understanding a person by looking at their actions in the world.  I also have projects in algebraic combinatorics, algebra, graph theory, and the learning of mathematics.

Selected list of recent publications:

J. Beier, J. Gevertz & K. Howard. "Tumor Modeling Projects in Differential Equations Building Context with Tumor Growth Modeling Projects in Differential Equations." Under review (submitted November 2013).

J. Beier & C. Yackel. "Groups Associated to Tetraflexagons." Under review (submitted October 2013).

J. Beier & M. Olsen. "A Not-So-Simple Lie Bracket Expansion." Under review (submitted June 2013).

J. Beier. "Demazure Crystals of U_q(sl~(n))." Under review (submitted March 2013).

J. Beier & K. Misra. "Demazure Crystals and Extended Young Diagrams." Algebraic Colloquium, 2012, (19), pp. 293-304.

American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Sigma Xi

I choose to teach at Earlham because it is a community of people interested in broadly learning and using our knowledge to positively impact the world. It is a place where students, professors and other faculty area all viewed as whole people.  Our faculty are passionate, and look forward to sharing what we do with each other and our students.

Earlham students are creative, interested and excited. My students bring their passions to the classroom, and are open to learning about many things.  We work together to build knowledge.

For fun, I love to swim and participate in the swim group on campus. I also enjoy reading and devour fiction of all types!

 

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