Picture of Debra L. Hydorn

Debra L. Hydorn

Professor of Mathematics

University of Mary Washington

F21 Class of 2000

Debra L. Hydorn's website

Debra Hydorn graduated with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Zoology in 1980 from the University of Michigan. She earned a Masters Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics in 1988 from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a PhD in Statistics in 1993 from the University of Michigan. She joined the Mathematics Department at the University of Mary Washington in the fall of 1994. She is a member of the F21 class of 2000 and attended the PKAL Leadership Institute in 2004. She teaches courses on probability and statistics, finite mathematics, and numerical analysis, and has developed and taught new courses, including introduction to mathematical modeling (with Suzanne Sumner).

From 2002 to 2007 Debra served as the chair of her department. During her time as chair she increased her department’s extra-curricular activities for mathematics majors, including observing Mathematics Awareness Month, initiating monthly problem solving sessions, and celebrating Pi Day in March (and Pumpkin Pi Day in November). She also initiated a process to recruit new majors. In addition, she was instrumental in establishing her department’s participation in UMW’s Summer Science Institute for undergraduate research. As part of this program, she worked with two students in 2006 on undergraduate research projects in probability and multivariate statistics, and plans to work with two students in 2008 on projects in regression and geographic information science. She has two articles appearing in MAA publications, one on service-learning in statistics courses and the other on courses that combine biology and mathematics. She also has written a technology manual on SPSS to accompany a statistics textbook. For the spring 2008 semester she is on sabbatical, working on a textbook for a statistical methods course.

Results from the 2003-04 MAA PKAL Biomath Survey
PKAL and MAA have collaborated over the past several months to identify programs integrating the life sciences and the mathematical sciences. This is an ongoing project, and further examples of interesting programs are sought.