Silvia Heubach

Photo of Dr. Silvia Heubach
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Mathematics
Office Location: ST 204
Phone: 323-343-2162 Email: sheubac@calstatela.edu

 

INTRODUCTION

I am originally from Germany and came for a one-year student exchange. Life intervened and I decided to stay and do a Ph.D. at USC (University of Southern California in Los Angeles). I graduated in 1992 and then had two one-year visiting appointments, at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and at Humboldt State University in Arcata. I came to Cal State LA in the Fall of 1994 and have been here ever since. In my free time I like to read, watch foreign and independent movies, hike, camp, dance and stand on my head on a daily basis.


TEACHING INTERESTS

I teach courses ranging from general education to graduate level courses, mostly statistics, probability, modeling and the  Mathematica course. I use Mathematica in most of my courses to visualize concepts and algorithms. My most recent focus has been the redesign and teaching of the new mathematics sequence for life sciences majors, Math 1050/1085, Math 2040/41, and Math 2050/51. These courses were developed with an NIH grant that had the goal to strengthen the quantitative skills of life sciences majors. In these courses, mathematics is taught in the context of life science and biological applications, and the course topics are those that life science makors will see in the applicaitons in their major courses. Another aspect of the grant was the introducation of a minor in bioinformatics. I have contributed two chapters on probability and its applications in bioinformatics to a textbook used at Cal State LA, Concepts in Bioinformatics and Genomics, authored by Cal State LA faculty Drs. Momand and McCurdy, with additional contirbutions by Dr. Warter-Perez


RESEARCH

My research spans a number of areas, ranging from operations research to modeling to combinatorics. My Masters thesis investigated a stochastic model for inventory control (Operations Research), while in my Ph.D. thesis, I developed a stochastic model for the movement of a white blood cell. With Raj Pamula, I have worked on a model of a system of parallel processes to compare different methods of error recovery. Work on (enumerative) combinatorics, in particular questions related to tilings and compositions with a number of collaborators has culminated in a book entitled Combinatorics of  Compositions and Words, which is a resource for research in this area. Most recently, I am working on questions related to combinatorial games, an area that lends itself to student research. If you want to find out more about Combinatorial Game Theory, check out Kyle Burke's blog or the website on combinatorial games


PUBLICATIONS

I had the pleasure of writing joint research articles with the following individuals (roughly in reverse chronological order): Kyle Burke, Melissa Huggan, Svenja Huntemann, Urban Larsson, Eric Duchène, Matthieu Dufour, Arnold Knopfmacher, Michael Mays, Sergey Kitaev, Augustine Munagi, N.Y. Li, Toufik Mansour, Patrick Callahan, Phyllis Chinn, Ralph Grimaldi, Raj Pamula, and Joseph Watkins

Combinatorial Games

  • K. Burke, S. Heubach, M. Huggan and S. Hunteman, Keeping your Distance is Hard, preprint. arXiv:1605.06801    
  • M. Dufour, S. Heubach and U. Larsson, A misere-play star operator, preprint. arxiv:1608.06996
  • E. Duchene, M. Dufour, S. Heubach and U. Larsson, Building Nim, International Journal of Game Theory, 2016, vol. 45, issue 4, pages 859-873. DOI 10.1007/s00182-015-0489-3
  • M. Dufour and S. Heubach, Circular Nim Games, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 20:2, (2013) P22 (26 pages)

Enumerative Combinatorics

Modeling

Curriculum-related

Books

 


PRESENTATIONS

Combinatorial Games

Enumerative Combinatorics

Under Construction

Curriculum-related

Under Construction

Modeling/Other

Under Construction


HONORS AND AWARDS

  • CSULA Distinguished Woman Award 2013
  • PI, Co-Director and Project Manager on NIH MARC curricular grant (July 2008-June 2014, $1.57 Million)
  • NSF travel grant to attend FPSAC conference in Tianjin, China, July 2007, $1150
  • Invited Researcher, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, supported by the Department of Mathematics and the Caesarea Rothschild Institute, $1500 travel grant + housing, March 2007
  • Invited Researcher, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, supported by the Department of Mathematics and the Caesarea Rothschild Institute, $1900 travel grant + housing, September 2005
  • Invited Researcher, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, supported by the Department of Mathematics and the Caesarea Rothschild Institute, $1500 travel grant + housing, May 2005
  • 2003/2004 AWM Travel Grant, $1100
  • 1999/2000 CSLA Outstanding Professor Award
  • 1999/2000 AWM Travel Grant, $500
  • 1997-98 Innovative Teaching Award, An Introductory Course in Mathematica, Released Time, Student Assistant and Services $4,600
  • NSF-Course and Curriculum Development Grant, An Innovative Approach at the Freshman/Sophomore Level, $121,366 (3/97 - 11/01);
  • 1995-96 Proposal Development and Grant-in-Aid Award, Seed Project to develop an NSF Proposal for the Creation of a New Interdisciplinary Modeling Course, Released Time (4 units)
  • 1995-96 Discretionary Lottery Funds, Technology Oriented Curriculum for Differential Equation Course, $1000 for purchase of software
  • 1995-96 Innovative Instruction Awards, Technology Oriented Curriculum for Differential Equation Course, Released time (4 units), Mini grant $594
  • 1995-96 Innovative Instruction Awards, $5000 for purchase of graphing calculators

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D in Applied Mathematics, 1992 

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 

GPA 4.0: A Stochastic Model for the Movement of a White Blood Cell. (Advisor: Dr. Joseph Watkins).

M.S. in Mathematics, 1998

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. GPA 4.0

University of Ulm, Germany

Diplom in Wirtschaftsmathematik (Masters in Mathematics and Economics) (1986)

Vordiplom in Wirtschaftsmathematik (B.A. in Mathematics and Economics) (1983)