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Robert Myers

Robert Myers is Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Bethel College.  He holds three bachelors degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia (B.S. with honors in physics, B.S. with honors in mathematics, B.A. in German), where he graduated summa cum laude in 1999 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  He received his M.A. in Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, and continued on at Berkeley for his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2004.  His dissertation title was, "Global Transverse Disks and Suspendibility Criteria," a generalization of some of William Basener's work in dynamical systems and algebraic topology; the dissertation was overseen by Charles Pugh.  His current research interests include dynamical systems, probability theory, and history of math.

Rob came to Bethel immediately upon earning his Ph.D. from Berkeley.  In addition to chairing the department, Rob teaches a large portion of the mathematics courses at Bethel, including the calculus sequence, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, math proofs, abstract algebra, and real analysis.  Outside of the classroom, Rob has served on several committees, most recently the General Education Committee on revising the current general education structure.  Rob is the advisor for Mu Alpha Theta (Bethel's student math organization) and organizes the annual Blaise Pascal High School Math Competition for area high school students.  Rob also mentors several students, and helps out with several student organizations, including the Bethel Chapel Band, the Bethel String Ensemble, and the American Sign Language Club.

Rob is married to Michelle Myers, and has three sons:  Jonathan, Mason, and Elliott.  He serves as co-leader of the college ministry at Grace Church in Granger, IN, which currently serves approximately 70 students.  He also serves occasionally on the worship team at Grace.  He plays violin in several area orchestras, and is currently teaching his 5-year-old son.

Education:

  • B.S. with Honors in Mathematics (University of Missouri at Columbia, 1999)
  • B.S. with Honors in Physics (University of Missouri at Columbia, 1999)
  • B.A. in German (University of Missouri at Columbia, 1999)
  • M.A. in Mathematics (University of California at Berkeley, 2001)
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics (University of California at Berkeley, 2004)
  • Ph.D. in Christian Thought (Whitefield Theological Seminary, 2005 to present)

Research Interests:

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Probability Theory
  • History of Mathematics
  • Undergraduate Research

Publications and Research:

  • "Global Transverse Disks and Suspendibility Criteria," R. Myers, Ph.D. thesis, University of California at Berkeley, completed May 2004.
  • "An Elementary Proof of Joris' Theorem," R. Myers, Notes of the American Mathematical Monthly, November 2004.
  • The Wager of a Lifetime: The Legacy of Blaise Pascal, R. Myers, "Leaders in Action" Series, Cumberland Publishing House (to be released in 2008)

Awards and Achievements:

  • Nikki Kose Teaching Prize, Univ. of California, Berkeley, April 2004
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Univ. of California, Berkeley, April 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa member
  • Concerto Competition Winner, Univ. of Missouri Columbia, April 1999 (Sibelius Violin Concerto)

Affilliations:

Personal Interests:

  • Classical music
  • Bridge
  • Chess
  • Discipleship
  • Intelligent Design
  • Christian Apologetics
  • American Sign Language
  • German