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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 2022, I am teaching the advanced calculus course for first-year majors in our department and our intermediate course on probability for actuarial science majors, which prepares them to take the P exam. In spring of 2023, I am continuing the first-year majors calculus and I will be teaching a general education course, "Modern Methods in Genealogy."

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

  • Mortality modeling

Genealogy

  • Methods in genealogical analysis, including genetic genealogy

  • One-name-studies, especially Thurbers, Wadsworths, and Jackson (the latter focusing on 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.