Division of Science and Physical Education

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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First Name: 
John Paul
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Ph.D.
Last Name: 
Cook
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Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, June 2012

 

 

Phone Number: 
405-574-1279
Bio: 

Dr. John Paul Cook joined the USAO faculty in Fall 2012.  His mathematical research interests include algebraic number theory and the representation theory of finite groups. 

Dr. Cook maintains an active research program devoted to researching and developing high-quality methods of instruction for advanced mathematics courses.  Two of his research papers have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the past year.  Dr. Cook has been invited by members of his research field to give a featured address on one of these papers at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, and recently received a grant from the Educational Advancement Foundation to support his research endeavors.

The USAO News Bureau recently wrote a feature story on Dr. Cook's research (you can read it here:  http://usao.edu/news/research-yields-prime-conference-spot-publication). 

Dr. Cook's wife, Regina, is a Ph.D. student in public health.  They have two children.

For more information (including more information about Dr. Cook's research interests), please visit: www.johnpaulcook.com

Courses taught:

  • Modern Algebra I (group theory) 
  • Modern Algebra II (ring theory)
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus I-IV
  • Trigonometry
  • Mathematics in the Modern World
Campus Building: 
Austin Hall
Office Location: 
211B
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"Students are most likely to learn when they see a need for what we intend to teach them." Guershon Harel

"Simply put, the best teachers believe that learning involves both personal and intellectual development and that neither the ability to think nor the qualities of being a mature human are immutable.  People can change, and those changes -- not just the accumulation of information -- represent true learning." -- Ken Bain

Chair of the Division of Science and Physical Education & Assistant Professor of Physics

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J.C.
Last Name: 
Sanders
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Faculty
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Connecticut, 2011
  • M.S., Physics, Unviersity of Connecticut, 2007
  • M.S., Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University, 2004
  • B.S., Physics, The College of New Jersey, 2002
Phone Number: 
405-574-1258
Bio: 
Dr. J.C. Sanders has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011. He is an assistant professor of physics.
 
Before USAO, Dr. Sanders was an instructor at the University of Connecticut, where he completed his Ph.D.  In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Sanders was named Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year and was given the Marshall Walker Teaching Award and Roy Lawrence Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Dedication.
 
Additionally, Dr. Sanders is a member of three professional societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society. He has also authored several publications.
Campus Building: 
Austin Hall
Office Location: 
211A
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Famous Quote: 

"I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: Have you HEARD THIS?” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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JC, Jerome, J.C.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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First Name: 
Quan
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Tran
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, 2011
  • M.A., Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, 2008
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Oklahoma, 2002
Phone Number: 
405-574-1276
Bio: 
Dr. Quan Tran has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011 and is an assistant professor of mathematics.
 
He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science, then, changing his focus, earned a masters and doctorate in mathematics, all from the University of Oklahoma. Tran has been a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, preparing and teaching lectures on precalculus, college algebra and calculus for business and social science. Tran was also an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. His research interests lie in areas of geometry, particularly geometric group theory, geometric algorithms and computations as well as the areas where mathematics intersects with the visual arts.
Campus Building: 
Austin Hall
Office Location: 
210B
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Famous Quote: 

One of David Hilbert's students stopped showing up to classes. Upon inquiring the reason, Hilbert was told that the student had left the university to become a poet. Hilbert: "I can't say I'm surprised. I never thought he had enough imagination to be a mathematician."


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