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Mathematics and Computer Science

Faculty

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Moravian College is composed of faculty who strive for student-centered learning experiences. 

 

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Jeffrey Bus| Assistant Professor of Computer Science   

Office location: SMC 204
Office phone: 610-625-7710
Email: bushj@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Neuroscience with Computational Speciality, UC San Diego

Research interests and expertise
Jeff Bush is a recent addition to the department coming from UC San Diego. His background is in computational neuroscience, particular studying the cellular and subcellular dynamics of neurons. His current interests include computer vision of microscopy data. He has taught a variety of courses, both at the introductory level and at the higher levels including Operating Systems, Image Processing and Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, and Programming Languages. He has also taught courses for students with a biological background including Neurodynamics.

 

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Ben Coleman | Professor of Computer Science, Chair of Computer Science Program

Office location: SMC 203
Office phone: 610-625-7781
Email: coleman@cs.moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Computer Science, The College of William and Mary

Research interests and expertise
Ben Coleman joined the department in 2003, and has taught a variety of courses in computer science including the introductory sequence, Cryptography, Game Programming, Simulation, and Theory of Computation. His scholarly areas include both theoretical and applied topics, with particular interest in games and their use in the curriculum. Professor Coleman is actively involved in student research through both the SOAR and honors programs, and he coaches students in the annual ACM and CCSC programming contests.

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Brenna Curley | Assistant Professor of Statistics

Office location: SMC 339
Office phone: 610-625-7738
Email: curleyb@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Statistics, Iowa State University

Research interests and expertise
Brenna Curley joined the department in 2016. Her current research focuses on linear and nonlinear measurement error models with applications to nutrition data. In general, her area of interests focuses on applied statistical problems. For example, she has worked on analyses related to World Cup data, Jeopardy! data, and has also advised an Honors project on analyzing student success data. She enjoys teaching the introductory statistics course for non-majors as well as the upper-level probability and statistics sequence.

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Michael Fraboni | Professor of Mathematics

Office location: SMC 341
Office phone: 610-861-1605
Email: frabonim@moravian.edu
Links: webpage

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, Lehigh University

Research interests and expertise
Michael Fraboni joined the department in 2002. His areas of interest include several complex variables, fractal geometry, and the 3x+1 problem. Typical first year courses he teaches include courses from the calculus sequence and the elementary statistics course. He teaches primarily analysis courses in the upper level category including real, complex, and numerical analysis as well as the Senior Seminar. Dr. Fraboni has organized the department’s annual undergraduate mathematics conference for the past several years. He has recently advised students undertaking SOAR research projects and Honors projects.

 

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Kevin Hartshorn | Associate Professor of Mathematics

Office location: SMC 348
Office phone: 610-861-1374
Email: hartshornk@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley

Research interests and expertise
Kevin Hartshorn has been at the college since 2004. His area of interests include low-dimensional topology and geometry. In addition to the standard battery of calculus courses, he has taught a broad range of upper-level courses, including higher geometry, and abstract algebra. He has also been involved in courses reaching out to non-mathematics students, including Math for Design, Math for Elementary Teaching, freshman composition, mathematical origami, and Ethnomathematics. He is currently advisor for the campus Math Society and has recently advised students in SOAR research projects.

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Trisha Moller | Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Office location:  SMC 350
Office phone:  610-625-7932
Email: mollert@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, Lehigh University

 

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Thyago Mota | Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Office location: SMC 206
Office phone:  610-861-1403
Email: motat@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines

Research interests and expertise
Thyago Mota joined the department in 2015. His research focuses on applying location information collected from mobile phone and social media communication to build high-resolution commuting networks. Understanding how these flows happen in different regions and periods of time plays a central role in numerous applications, from traffic modeling and infrastructure planning, to simulating the mechanisms of how diseases spread.

 

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Fred Schultheis | Professor of Mathematics

Office location: SMC 342
Office phone: 610-861-3925
Email: mefbs01@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Michigan

Research interests and expertise
Fred Schultheis has been at Moravian since 1985. His primary area of expertise is algebraic number theory and he is interested in algebraic geometry and the history of mathematics. Prof. Schultheis has taught most of the courses in mathematics but typically teaches Modern Algebra and Differential Equations. He has been writing for Mathematical Reviews for several years. Several years ago he received start-up funding from the college to develop a mathematics colloquium which has become a regular feature of the department.

 

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Nathan Shank | Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department Chair and Chair of Mathematics Program

Office location: SMC 344
Office phone: 610-861-1373
Email: shank@math.moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, Lehigh University

Research interests and expertise

Nathan Shank jointed the faculty starting in 2006.  His research interests include analysis, probability, graph theory, and network reliability.  He is particularly interested in network reliability measures and connectivity parameters for different classes of graphs. Dr. Shank uses a teacher-scholar model to blend research and teaching in a collaborative effort between faculty and students.  Dr. Shank enjoys working with students on research projects, Honors projects, SOAR projects, independent studies, and engaging groups of students throughout the LVAIC community. 

 

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Gregory Schaper | Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science 

Office location:  SMC 205

Office phone:  610-625-7786
Email: schaperg@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Central Florida

 

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Shannon Talbott | Associate Professor of Mathematics

Office location: SMC 340
Office phone: 610-867-1573
Email: talbotts@moravian.edu 
Links: webpage

Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Iowa

Research interests and expertise
Dr. Shannon Talbott received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2012. Her main research focus is in representation theory of finite dimensional algebras. She is also involved in programs to promote diversity in STEM such as SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) and USTARS (Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium).

 

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Debra Ward | Visiting Instructor of Mathematics

Office location:  SMC 345
Office phone:  610-625-7776
Email: wardd@moravian.edu

Education
Masters of Mathematics, Kutztown University 

 

Emeriti Faculty:

Alicia Sevilla (2013) Professor of Mathematics 

Kay B. Somers (2013) Professor of Mathematics

John P. Stoneback (2004) Professor of Computer Science

Doris J. Schattschneider (2002) Professor of Mathematics

Mohamed M. Bugaighis (2001) Professor of Mathematics

Marialuisa N. McAllister (2001) Professor of Mathematics

James S. Green (1998) Professor of Computer Science

Johanna S. Ott (1986) Associate Professor of Mathematics  

Ruth R. Hailperin (1983) Professor of Mathematics