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.
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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.
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.
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."