Spotlight on the Faculty

March 12th, 2014

Chair of Mathematics Department participates on online education panel discussion
Markus Pomper, chair of the Department of Mathematics, was invited to be a panelist at a podium discussion at the Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The meeting was held on October 26 in Evansville, Ind. MarkusPomper1

The panelists explored topics ranging from the challenges to teaching online classes in Mathematics, overcoming student problems, and instructional techniques.
Pomper was selected to participate in this discussion because IU East is in the unique position to offer an entire degree program in Mathematics online. During the past year, the enrollment in the online math program has grown dramatically and now enrolls 90 students, who reside in 34 states or U.S. territories. Some of the students reside in Canada, Germany, Israel, Korea and Japan. IU East is the only U.S. institution to offer a Bachelor of Science degree online.

“Our Mathematics program has grown tremendously since its inception in 2011,” Pomper said. “The mathematical community is taking note of our accomplishments and asking us to share our experiences.”

The School of Natural Science and Mathematics Welcomes New Faculty, Simran Banga, Ph.D.
Indiana University East is pleased to welcome Simran Banga, Assistant Professor in Biology, as a new faculty member in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics starting in the fall of 2013.  DSC_5408+Banga-2776987221-O

Banga received her Ph.D. from Purdue University and went on to work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Iowa.  Her areas of expertise include Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Biochemistry.  Currently, she teaches Introduction to Biological Concepts II (BIOL-L102,) Molecular Biology with a lab (BIOL-L211/213,) and Proteins & Enzymes (CHEM-C324/C390.)

Banga would love to teach Microbiology and Immunology, and is working toward adding undergraduate research in microbiology and molecular biology, along with designing small projects that would best fit the undergraduate curriculum of the students here at IU East.  To this already impressive course expansion, Banga adds, “I am also planning to develop advance level courses in microbiology & immunology.”

In addition to her work at the university, Banga enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, playing games, and watching movies.  She and her family have settled into the Richmond community, and are looking forward to many years here as Red Wolves.