E&H Math Professor Awarded ACA Grant

Posted on: Friday, February 14th, 2014
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by Brent Treash
An Emory & Henry College mathematics professor has been honored by the Appalachian College Association for research she is conducting in environmental mathematical modeling.

An Emory & Henry College mathematics professor has been honored by the Appalachian College Association for research she is conducting in environmental mathematical modeling.

Dr. Xiaoxue Li has been awarded a post-doctoral Appalachian College Association (A.C.A) faculty fellowship for the amount of $6,000 to help her continue her study of mathematical modeling as a means of understanding threats to the environment.

The award will enable Li to travel to Australia where she will collaborate with Dr. Yun Li, Principal Research Scientist at the Division of Mathematical and Information Sciences of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). She is interested in applying mathematical methods to model and understand rainfall extremes and the influence on habitats of Appalachian salamanders.  Eventually, she hopes to extend the use of modeling research to a wide variety of other disciplines, such as biology, health science, and economics, with the goal of promoting interdepartmental research at Emory & Henry College.

Li, who began teaching at Emory & Henry in 2007, holds a doctoral degree from Lehigh University. Her research focuses on algebraic topology, particularly homotopy theory and its applications. She is also interested in projective geometry, Euclidean geometry, and the connections between the two.

The Appalachian College Association's Faculty Fellowship Program is the longest running program of the ACA. The Fellowship Endowment is supported by foundations (notably the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the McCune Foundation and others), member schools, and individual contributions.

Fellowships are awarded annually and policy requires that at least 75 percent of fellowship funds be given to faculty in the arts and sciences, as defined by the Carnegie Foundation.  The fellowships range in value from $3,000 to $30,000 for pre- or post-doctoral study.  Fellowships are awarded for a short term (generally summer, maximum $6,000), one semester (maximum $15,000), or an academic year (maximum $30,000).