Prof. Margaret M. Robinson

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Julia and Sarah Ann Adams Professor of Mathematics


  • Mount Holyoke Faculty Teaching Award 2010.
  • NES/MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics 2012.
  • MAA Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics 2013.


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    Some Papers

    ·         Algebraic identities useful in the computation of the Igusa local zeta function", Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory, A. Adolphson, S. Sperber, and M. Tretkoff (editors), AMS Contemporary Mathematics Series, 133, 1992, 171-4.

    ·         The Igusa local zeta function associated with the singular cases of the determinant and the Pfaffian, J. of Number Theory, 57 (1996), no. 2, 385-408.

    ·         The Igusa local zeta function of a non-trival character associated to the singular Jordan algebras, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 124 (1996), no. 9, 2655-60.

    ·         On the tabletop improvement experiments of Japan, Production and Operations Management, 3, No. 3, Summer 1994, joint with Alan G. Robinson.

    ·         Laboratories in Mathematical Experimentation: A Bridge to Higher Mathematics (Projects for a sophomore course in mathematical investigations; written by the members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Mount Holyoke College and published by Springer in April 1997)

    ·         Mount Holyoke College Summer Research Institute" in Women in Mathematics: Scaling the Heights, Deborah Nolan (editor), MAA Notes 46 (1997), 113-6.

    ·         An Introduction to Local Zeta Functions", a review of Jun-ichi Igusa's new book in Bulletin (New Series) of the American Mathematical Society 38, No. 2, (2000) 221-227.

    ·         Igusa Local Zeta Functions of Elliptic Curves, Mathematics of Computation, 71 (2001), no. 238, 815-823, (joint with Prof. Diane Meuser, Boston University).

    ·         Counting fixed points, two-cycles, and collisions of the discrete exponential function using p-adic methods,, J. Austr. Math. Soc., 92 (2012), no. 2, 163 - 178, (joint with Prof. Joshua Holden, Rose-Hulman Insitute of Technology).

    Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Projects

    ·         P-adic analysis and computing the Igusa local zeta function for irreducible curves (1992)

    ·         P-adic analysis and the Igusa local zeta function for reducible curves and for surfaces with bad reduction modulo p (1995)

    ·         The Igusa local zeta function for elliptic curves and a related Poincare Series (1997)

    ·         The Igusa local zeta function for elliptic curves using Tate's Algorithm (1999)

    ·         Number Theory (2002)

    ·         Number Theory (2005)

    ·         Number Theory (2007)

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