Lori Alvin

Lori Alvin

Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Associate Professor, Mathematics

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Lori Alvin was born and raised in Wisconsin. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she began her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Inspired by a dynamics course she initially enrolled in only to fill her schedule, her dissertation was in the area of topological dynamics. After completing her Ph.D. in May 2011, Dr. Alvin spent the next several years teaching at universities in Florida, Colorado, and Illinois before joining Furman University in August 2018. Dr. Alvin has an interest in mentoring students in mathematical research and has overseen several projects ranging from winning strategies in two-player games like Hex and Nim to investigating the entropy of city traffic routes using symbolic dynamics.​​​​​​

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh

Lori Alvin’s research focuses on dynamical systems, topology, and continuum theory. She has a particular interest in unimodal maps, adding machines, and inverse limit spaces; most recently she has begun studying the dynamics and topology of inverse limits generated by set-valued functions.​