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College of Natural Sciences Teaching & Mentoring Award Recipients

Please join the Department of Mathematics in congratulating Francis Motta for receiving the College of Natural Sciences 2014 Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award. This is a great accomplishment of value not only for Francis but for the entire department. He will be presented the award at the 2014 CNS Awards Ceremony and Professor Laureate Lecture on Wednesday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom. A reception in honor of all award recipients will follow the Laureate Lecture in the University Club. Please plan to attend this event.

(We asked Francis to share his background with our readers.)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona (born and raised)
Undergrad: University of Arizona in Tucson (earning a degree in Mathematics)
CSU Focus: Dynamical systems and computational topology
CSU Advisor: Dr. Patrick Shipman
Spouse: Jordan Lindsay Motta, Marriage and Family therapist for Touchstone Health Partners
Pet: Mini Dachshund (named Einstein)
After PhD: Post Doc at Duke University working with Dr. John Harer
Current Favorite Beer: New Belgium's La Folie

My wife, Jordan, and I moved to Fort Collins to attend graduate school at CSU in 2009. After two years, she had earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy and started working in community mental health for the county while I was just getting into the swing of the PhD program in the Department of Mathematics under the guidance of the best advisor I can possibly imagine, Dr. Patrick Shipman. Under his tutelage, I have focused my research on dynamical systems and their applications. Having always had a deep appreciation of the aesthetic mathematical disciplines as well as the power of computation, I have broadened my research to include computational topology and differential geometry. I plan to graduate with my PhD in Mathematics in the summer of 2014.

Recently, I have been offered a position as a visiting assistant professor at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. During this postdoc visit, I will have the opportunity to work with one of the driving forces behind the emergence of the field of computational topology, Dr. John Harer. This is a tremendous opportunity which both Jordan and I are ecstatic to have been given.

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