Karen L. Shuman
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA 50112-1690

Contact Information:
Office: 2249 Noyce Science Center
Phone: (641) 269-4927
Fax: (641) 269-4984
Email: shumank@math.grinnell.edu


I am an associate professor of mathematics at Grinnell College who specializes in harmonic analysis. In addition to teaching analysis-related classes, I especially enjoy teaching tutorial and advising students--both non-majors and majors--in Grinnell's open curriculum. With my collaborators Palle Jorgensen and Keri Kornelson, I study harmonic analysis of affine iterated function systems and related topics.

Before coming to Grinnell, I was a VIGRE post-doc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I was a graduate student at Dartmouth College. Agnes Scott College is my alma mater; its math page is here.

Outside mathematics, I enjoy traveling with my husband, especially in England. I also enjoy taking care of my cats, photography, reading mysteries, and cooking. We are slowing restoring our circa 1895 house in Grinnell.

RECENT COURSES

Academic year 2011-2012: Study Leave---Sabbatical

I will be in Grinnell, conducting research, continuing my advising and departmental service, and serving on the Tutorial and Advising Committee.

Summer 2011

  • MAP 499, Iterated function systems

Spring 2011

  • Math 220, Differential Equations
  • Math 314, Topics in Applied Mathematics (Wavelets)

Fall 2010

  • Math 215, Sections 01 and 02, Linear Algebra
  • Math 222, Geometry

Summer 2010

  • MAP 499, Iterated function systems
  • MAP 499, Mathematics of Christopher Wren's London churches
  • MAP 499, Comparing the mathematics of church architecture: St. Stephen Walbrook (England), the Shah Mosque (Iran), and the Bahá'í Temple (Chicago)

Spring 2010

  • Math 220, Differential Equations
  • Math 316, Analysis

The content of my course web pages has been moved to Blackboard, which is password-protected.

RECENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

There are several projects I'd be happy to talk to you about if you are interested in doing something during the regular school year. Early in the spring term, faculty members in the mathematics and statistics department at Grinnell present possible topics for undergraduate summer research.

  • Klevi Xhaxho (Grinnell College): Computing the measure of the overlap for Bernoulli iterated function systems (Summer 2010)
  • Fatemah Elahi (Grinnell College): Comparing the mathematics of church architecture: St. Stephen Walbrook (England), the Shah Mosque (Iran), and the Bahá'í Temple (Chicago) (Summer 2010)
  • Cyrus Smith and Paloma Velazquez (Grinnell College): Mathematics of Christopher Wren's London churches; included a one-week trip to London, UK, for church and British Library visits; sponsored by the Dean's office (Summer 2010)
  • Ernest Boateng-Abebresse, Pengjun Shen, Talent Takundwa, and Fai Tosuratana (Grinnell College): Equilibrium measures of iterated function systems with overlap (Summer 2008)
  • Bobby Elam (Bethune-Cookman University), Greg Ongie (Coe College), and Mark Tucker (University of Iowa), co-mentored with Palle Jorgensen and Paulette Willis (University of Iowa): The Cantor measure and its associated orthogonal polynomials (Summer 2007)
RESEARCH
  • Palle E.T. Jorgensen, Keri A. Kornelson, and Karen L. Shuman. Families of spectral sets for Bernoulli convolutions. At the arXiv; to appear, Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications. (refereed)
  • Palle E.T. Jorgensen, Keri A. Kornelson, and Karen L. Shuman. Iterated function systems, moments, and transformations of infinite matrices. At the arXiv; to appear, Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, 110 pages. (refereed)
  • S.J. Dilworth, Denka Kutzarova, Karen L. Shuman, V.N. Temlyakov, and P. Wojtaszczyk. Weak convergence of greedy algorithms in Banach spaces. Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications, Special Issue on Sparsity, 14) (2008), no. 5-6, 609-662. (refereed)
  • Palle E.T. Jorgensen, Keri A. Kornelson, and Karen L. Shuman. Affine systems: asymptotics at infinity for fractal measures. At the arXiv; Acta Applicandae Mathematicae 98 (2007) 181 -- 222. (refereed)
  • Palle E.T. Jorgensen, Keri A. Kornelson, and Karen L. Shuman. Orthogonal exponentials for Bernoulli iterated function systems. At the arXiv; to appear, Proceedings for Current Trends in Harmonic Analysis and Its Applications - Wavelets and Frames Workshop in Honor of Larry Baggett. (refereed)
  • Palle E.T. Jorgensen, Keri A. Kornelson, and Karen L. Shuman. Harmonic analysis of iterated function systems with overlap. At the arXiv; Journal of Mathematical Physics 48(8) (2007) 083511. (refereed)
  • S.J. Dilworth, Denka Kutzarova, and Karen L. Shuman. The Weak Chebyshev X-Greedy Algorithm in the Unweighted Bergman Space. Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 318 (2006) 692 -- 706. (refereed)
  • Joseph M. Rosenblatt and Karen L. Shuman. Cyclic functions in $L^p(R)$, $1 \leq p < \infty$. Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications 9 (2003) no. 3, 289 -- 300. (refereed)
  • Karen L. Shuman. Complete Signal Processing Bases and the Jacobi Group. Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 278 (2003) 203 -- 213. (refereed)
  • Emily Cornell and Karen L. Shuman. Tests of a New Basis for Signal Processing. Mathematical and Computer Modelling 33 (2001) 265 -- 271. (refereed)

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