Aug. 24, 2022
CWU Mathematics Professor Takes Home Two National Awards
Central Washington University Mathematics Professor Dominic Klyve has been honored with two high-profile national awards, helping bring well-deserved recognition to the university and his department.
Earlier this summer, Klyve received the 2022 Mid-Career Faculty Mentoring Award by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award by the Mathematical Association of America.
Klyve was nominated for the CUR Faculty Mentoring award by Brandy Wiegers, CWU’s director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, for mentoring more than 60 undergraduate researchers over the course of his 13-year career at the university. Those mentorships led to the publication of seven interdisciplinary papers, and his collaborative research projects have been published in journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly to Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Klyve says one of his favorite things about math is its potential to influence every other course of study.
“Once you see math, you start seeing it absolutely everywhere, which we all know on some level,” he said. “We know somebody had to sit down and do some serious math to figure out the timing of traffic lights, or the precise angle a highway exit ought to have. There’s math in these places, and one of the great joys of studying math is getting to encounter it more and more often.”
The Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award honors outstanding writing in mathematics. This year, Klyve and co-author Erik R. Tou took home the prize for their paper “A Prime Testing Algorithm from Leonhard Euler,” published in The American Mathematical Monthly.
The research study explored Euler’s process for determining whether a given number is prime—believed to be the earliest prime testing method not based on simply dividing the number in question by every other number. Klyve said he is fascinated by Euler’s work, and he looks forward to additional research opportunities in the field.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to receive this award from the MAA,” Klyve and Tou said in a joint statement. “Leonhard Euler’s number theory has been a long-standing interest to both of us and we very much enjoyed the historical and mathematical paths this paper took us down. Euler’s work is but one piece of a larger puzzle, which we look forward to exploring in the future.”
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