Valley News Recent Headlines
Faculty Focus: Mathematical Physics Research Group Part II
05.24.13 |
Abigail Skelton ’14: Questioning Assumptions, Striving for Clarity

Dr. David Lyons, professor of mathematical sciences, and Dr. Scott Walck, chair and professor of physics, lead a student-faculty team of researchers known as the Mathematical Physics Research Group (MPRG), which for several years has been studying the area of quantum information science. This interdisciplinary field, which incorporates mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering, studies the relationships between quantum mechanics and information processing.

The group recently was awarded a three-year, $273,975 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of their project, “Structure and Local Equivalence of Stabilizers and States.” This is the third consecutive NSF grant the group has earned, totaling more than $700,000 in support. Student researchers have co-authored numerous papers and delivered presentations at national conferences. Last spring, the group also received an Arnold Grant in support of this project. Abigail Skelton ’14 is one of five student members of the MPRG.

“Abigail is an example of someone who has a really mature mathematical way of viewing things,” Walck said. “As you’re talking to her, she’ll stop you and say, ‘Wait, what does that mean? What did you mean by that?’ She’s listening for clarity and building a model in her head of what these objects are doing. That’s really powerful.”

Skelton, a double major in mathematics and German, has worked for two summers with LVC’s Mathematical Physics Research Group and last fall won a prestigious Waldemar J. Trijitzinsky Memorial Award, given by the American Mathematical Society to just seven students in the U.S., including students from University of California, Berkeley and The Pennsylvania State University.

“Abigail is particularly good at coming up with interesting ideas for us to pursue and asking about the significance of our ideas,” Walck said. “She pushes us to ask, ‘Why do you want to ask that question? Why is that an interesting question?’ She wasn’t taking someone else’s claim that this was interesting for granted, but instead judging for herself whether a question is interesting or valuable.”


07.29.14
Finding Your Way: Steve Teitelman and Chris Bauer
View Full Story

07.28.14
Recycled Goods Sought for Service Projects at Lebanon Valley College
View Full Story

07.25.14
Sharon Sees '17 Published in NPR's "This I Believe" Series
View Full Story

07.24.14
“Colonization and the Collection” a Student-Curated Exhibit
View Full Story

07.24.14
Caring for Creatures Great and Small in the U.K.
View Full Story

07.22.14
DNA Barcoding—Cutting Edge Research in Biology
View Full Story

07.16.14
Teaching English Education in Japan: Robert Schalkoff '88
View Full Story

07.15.14
Growth and Happiness: Alumna Brittany Ryan’s Path to New Zealand
View Full Story

07.10.14
Using Technology to Enhance Learning
View Full Story

07.08.14
Linda Petrecca ’73 Mentors Students to Give Back
View Full Story

07.06.14
Eight Lebanon Valley College Faculty Members to Retire in December
View Full Story

07.03.14
LVC Launches Two New Academic Programs—Athletic Training and Exercise Science
View Full Story

07.03.14
Using Technology to Explore Their Curiosity
View Full Story

07.03.14
Richard A. Zimmerman, Former Board of Trustees Member, Dies
View Full Story

07.02.14
Teaching in Germany: Katie Deppen '13
View Full Story

06.26.14
Still Thinking on His Feet: Terence “Terry” Brown ’78
View Full Story