Kaisa Taipale

I am a researcher in algebraic geometry, with particular interest in quantum cohomology and quantum K-theory of homogeneous spaces and toric varieties. I love the interplay of geometry, algebra, and combinatorics in this area, as well as the inspiration from physics. I am at MSRI for the fall 2012 program on cluster algebras and will be at Cornell University in spring 2013 to take advantage of conversation with the fabulous people in that department.

From fall 2010 to spring 2012 I was at St. Olaf College, a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Minnesota that produces more math majors than any other college of its size and brings to life the "big tent" philosophy of mathematics education: anyone with desire and hard work can become a contributing member of the larger mathematical community! My passions in pedagogy are bringing research experiences, broadly considered, to any student, and helping them learn to communicate their new knowledge. Creative and critical engagement are how we learn.