Archived news 2018

A faculty team led by Senior Instructor Rachel Webb was presented with a $10,000 Digital Learning Innovation Award on November 13th, 2018, acknowledging her recent work in using an Active and Adaptive course model for introductory probability and statistics courses at Portland State. See the Online Learning Consortium web site for more details. Portland State was one of three institutions and ten faculty-led teams selected from among 64 submissions in year three of the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) DLIAward competition.

Prof. Eva Thanheiser is part of a team that won a $2 million NSF DRK-12 grant ($546,626 of which will be spent in Portland State University under the direction of Professor Thanheiser). The PI of the grant is Kate Melhuish, one of Portland State’s own PhD graduates, now at Texas State University.

Prof. Bruno Jedynak is part of a team that just won an $18 million grant  from the NIH,  entitled “Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer Prevention,” of which $491K is to be spent at Portland State University.

Prof. Bruno Jedynak and Asst. Prof. Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez, together with two OHSU faculty, have received a  1-year $49,999 award from the  2018 OHSU-PSU Collaborative Project Seed Funding entitled “Statistical Learning of Longitudinal MRI for Predicting Breast Cancer Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy.”

Prof. Bruno Jedynak and Asst. Prof. Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez are being funded by Orcatech (through an NIH subaward) for a year ($66,825) to explore the use of continuous-time stochastic processes to model digital markers, and develop tailored tools for the design and analysis of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) for Alzheimer Disease treatments.

Asst. Prof. Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez is being funded by an NSF subaward ($17,360 for 1 year)  to develop  statistical methodology and software implementation of predictive spatio-temporal modeling to support the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and other ecological research.

Prof. Jeffrey Ovall directed an undergraduate research project this summer through an REU funded by the National Science Foundation. This was one of the 8 undergraduate research projects conducted this summer as part of a new REU site established in Portland by the recent NSF grant titled “REU Site: Computational Modeling Serving the City,” 2018-2021, $302,400. In this collaborative effort between CLAS and MCECS, led by Prof. Christof Teuscher (PI) and Prof. Jay Gopalakrishnan (co-PI),  PICS plays a critical role. During the training of the first cohort, our doctoral students Dow Drake and Ben Parker introduced the undergraduates to the PICS supercomputer.

The American Mathematical Society published a new book by Emer. Assoc. Prof. John Erdman, Emeritus Associate Professor at the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The book, "A Problems Based Course in Advanced Calculus", is designed for a course in advanced calculus that promotes active learning through problem solving. The book is available via the following lnk:

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) on April 14-15, 2018 (Saturday - Sunday). More information about this event can be found on the AMS web site.

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosted the 5th Annual Cascade RAIN Meeting on Saturday, April 7th.  These meetings feature rapid and informal communication of research activities in computational and applied mathematics.  Further information may be found at

Dr. Gerardo Lafferriere was awarded a Small Starts grant by the National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC), for a project titled, A Decentralized Network Consensus Control Approach for Urban Traffic Signal Optimization, budgeted at $20,000 for the period 11/01/2017 to 10/31/2018.  The grant supports the development of a simulation tool to analyze the use of a mathematical consensus approach to manage the signal control on an urban street network.