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 in the Teaching section.

I received my master's from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013, in the area of geometric group theory. In 2010 I received my BS in Mathematics from Beloit College.

Here is my curriculum vitae.

Research

I work in ergodic theory. The entropy of a measure-preserving dynamical system is useful in solving many isomorphism problems in the field. I construct maps and isomorphisms between a variety of systems in my research, influenced by entropic results and restrictions. 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 the TA for Math 146 Honors 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. Click on the following links to see samples of course materials.

GTA Geoffrey Critzer contributed to the 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 AWM. We are hosting informal Zoom get-togethers for graduate students every other Friday. Email me if you would like to join!

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 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.

Last year 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.