Kristen Beck

Overview

Department: 
School of Science » Mathematics and Computer Science
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Contact Information: 

Office

  • Location: Galileo Hall 108-B (Window Desk)
  • Hours: M/T/Th/F 12-2pm and by appointment

Contact

  • Phone: (925) 631-6298
  • Mail: PMB 3517, Moraga, CA  94575
Curriculum Vitae: 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, 2011
    Doctoral dissertation: On the existence of totally reflexive modules
  • M.S. in Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, 2005
    Master's thesis: On the image of the totaling functor
  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, 2002

Professional Experience

Academic 

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Saint Mary's College of California (2014-present)
  • Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona (2011-2014)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington (2007-2011)
 

Non-academic

  • Credit Risk Analyst, AmeriCredit Corp. (now GM Financial), Fort Worth, TX (2005-2007)

Courses Taught

At Saint Mary's College

  • Finite Mathematics
  • Art & Practice of Mathematics
  • Differential Calculus
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Multivariable Calculus (upcoming)
  • Abstract Algebra (upcoming)
 

At University of Arizona

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Analysis for Engineers
  • Matrix Analysis
  • Introduction to Cryptography
 

At University of Texas at Arlington

  • College Algebra
  • Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
  • Trigonometry
  • Business Calculus
  • Differential Calculus

Publications

  • B. Baker Swart, K. A. Beck, S. Crook, C. Eubanks-Turner, H. G. Grundman, M. Mei, and L. Zack, Augmented generalized happy functions, submitted. arXiv:1410.0297
  • K. A. Beck, Eventually linear partially complete resolutions over a local ring with m4 = 0, Journal of Algebra and its Applications. (to appear). arXiv:1212.0282
  • K. A. Beck, On the image of the totaling functor, Communications in Algebra 43 (2015), no. 4, 1640-1653. arXiv:1105.3869
  • K. A. Beck and S. Sather-Wagstaff, A somewhat gentle introduction to differential graded commutative algebra, Connections Between Algebra, Combinatorics, and Geometry, Spring Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics 76 (2014), 3-99. arXiv:1307.0369
  • K. A. Beck and S. Sather-Wagstaff, Krull dimension for differential graded algebras, Archive der Mathematik (Basel), 101 (2013), no. 2, 111-119. arXiv:1210.7270
  • K. A. Beck and M. Leamer, Asymptotic behavior of dimensions of syzygies, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 141 (2013), no. 7, 2245-2252. arXiv:1110.4582
  • K. A. Beck, Existence of totally reflexive modules via Gorenstein homomorphisms, Journal of Commutative Algebra 4 (2012), no. 1, 57-77. arXiv:1101.2658

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 
  • STEM Doctoral Fellowship
    National Science Foundation (2007-2009 and 2010-2011)
  • GK-12 Fellowship
    National Science Foundation (2009-2010)
  • Hermann's Doctoral Fellowship
    UT Arlington Department of Mathematics (2005-2006)
  • Stephen R. Bernfeld Memorial Scholarship
    University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Mathematics (2005-2006)
  • Graduate Fellowship
    University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Mathematics (2005-2006)
Awards: 
  • Teaching Service Award
    University of Arizona, Department of Mathematics (2014)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award
    University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Mathematics (2011)
  • Excellence Award for Effective Leadership in K-12 School Outreach Activities
    University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Mathematics, NSF GK-12 MAVS Program (2010)
Grants: 
  • $4,500 -- MAA Tensor Women in Mathematics Grant (2014)
  • $4,500 -- Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (2013)
  • $15,692 -- NSF Conference Grant (2013)

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 
  • Commutative algebra
  • Homological algebra
Pedagogical Interests: 
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Flipped-classroom model
Personal Interests: 
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming