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Contact Information:

Email:

barsmith@lvc.edu

Mailing Address:

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Lebanon Valley College

101 N. College Ave.

Annville, PA 17003

Professional Information:

Teaching

In Fall of 2020, I am teaching advanced undergraduate courses in financial mathematics and real analysis and our introductory statistics course. In Spring of 2020, I am teaching a general education course "Moden methods in genealogy", an intermediate level course in financial mathematics, an advanced course on time series modeling for mathematical finance, and our course "Mathematical Thinking" for freshman majoring in our department.

Research Interests

Algebraic Number Theory

  • Stark's conjectures, specifically the Brumer-Stark conjecture
  • integrality properties and congruences for values of equivariant Artin L-functions
  • Iwasawa theory
  • binary quadratic forms
  • continued fractions

Actuarial Science

  • Allocation of risk capital

Genealogy

  • Methods in genealogical analysis, including genetic genealogy
  • One-name-studies, especially Thurbers, Wadsworths, and Jacksons of Northern Ireland and Beaver County, Pennsylvania
  • 18th century Rhode Island

Publications and Preprints

Curriculum Vitae

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Bio:

I grew up in southern Los Angeles County. I moved south for college, doing both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the beautiful University of California, San Diego. After a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Irvine, I moved east with my wife Kelly and daughter Lilah to take a position at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. I spend a lot of time with my family around the house reading, cooking (especially grilling), and cycling around the local country roads. I am an expert Boggle player, actively playing the mobile apps Ruzzle (UN: Apoplexy) and Scramble With Friends (UN: Apoplexic). (Please challenge me, but send me an email first so I don't accidentally decline your invite.) I have lately reacquired a drum kit and a piano and enjoy playing both.