Amanda Wilkens

Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas

A woman in front of a chalkboard giving a math talk.

I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant at KU from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. I have two beautiful cat children, Rocky and Goose. As the eldest, Rocky has assisted me in creating course material. Some samples are posted below.

Beginning Fall 2021 I will be a Groups and Dynamics Research Training Group postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin.

Here is my curriculum vitae.

Research

I work in ergodic theory, where measure-preserving dynamical systems are common objects of study. The entropy of a system can sometimes be used to determine if two systems are isomorphic, among other things. I construct maps between a variety of systems, influenced by entropic results. My methods pull from probability and symbolic dynamics. My advisors are Terry Soo and David Nualart.

Recent publications:

  1. Finitary isomorphisms of Poisson point processes (with Terry Soo). Annals of Probability, 47(5):3055-3081, 2019. doi:10.1214/18-AOP1332, arXiv:1805.04600
  2. Equivariant thinning over a free group (with Terry Soo). Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems, 40(4):1057-1067, 2020. doi:10.1017/etds.2018.74, arXiv:1702.05168

Teaching

I am a TA for Math 126 Calculus II this semester. If you are a student, all course materials can be found in Blackboard.

Over the Summer 2020 semester I designed, created, and taught an online Calculus III course. Some samples of course materials:

GTA Geoffrey Critzer contributed to lecture note exercise solutions.

During the Fall 2019 semester I worked with Justin Lyle under Emily Witt to create active learning investigation modules for Honors Calculus II, described here.

Service and outreach

This year I am the Vice President of the KU Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

I am a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews.

I am a Science Mentor for Frontiers for Young Minds. If you are, or know of someone (or a group), between the ages of eight and fifteen and interested in potentially reviewing a math paper for the journal, feel free to contact me for more info.

Since 2016 I have led workshops for local fifth and sixth graders as part of Math Awareness Month at KU.

In 2019 I was a workshop facilitator for Jayhawks Give a Flock, a KU program for incoming students to increase bystander intervention and decrease sexual assault.

Contact information

Email awilkens@ku.edu
Office 559 Snow Hall
Office hours See Blackboard.

Note I am currently working from home! The best way to reach me is by email, which I check every weekday.