Moshe Cohen Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Moshe Cohen grew up in the region, obtained his BS from Binghamton University, obtained his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, and spent six years in research postdoctoral positions in Israel at both Bar-Ilan University and the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology.
His research interests lie in the overlap between low-dimensional topology and combinatorics and so are accessible to undergraduates. He is currently accepting new undergraduate research students; see website for more details.
He also maintains the department’s Math & Stats Major Moodle page; email him to be added.
- BS, Binghamton University; MS, PhD, Louisiana State University
- At Vassar since 2016
Research and Academic Interests
Departments and Programs
- MATH 364. Advanced Linear Algebra
- MATH 263. Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 221. Linear Algebra
- MATH 220. Multivariable Calculus
- MATH 126+127. Calculus II
- MATH 121. Calculus I
- “Crossing numbers of random two-bridge knots,” with Chaim Even-Zohar and Sunder Ram Krishnan. Topology and Its Applications. 247 (2018) 100-114. arXiv:1606.00277
- “The graded count of quasi-trees is not a knot invariant,” with Cody Armond. Proceedings of the American Math. Society. 144, no. 5 (2016) 2285-2290.
- “Random knots using Chebyshev billiard table diagrams,” with Sunder Ram Krishnan. Topology and its Applications. 194 (2015) 4-21. arXiv:1505.07681
- “Combinatorial symmetry of line arrangements and applications,” with Meirav Amram, Hao Sun, Mina Teicher, Fei Ye, and Anna Zarkh. Topology and its Applications. 193 (2015) 226-247. arXiv:1310.0700
- “Kauffman’s clock lattice as a graph of perfect matchings: a formula for its height,” with Mina Teicher. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. 21, no. 4 (2014) #P4.31 (39 pages.)
- “A twisted dimer model for knots,” with Oliver Dasbach and Heather M. Russell. Fundamenta Mathematicae. 225 (2014), 57-74. arXiv:1010.5228
- “A determinant formula for the Jones polynomial of pretzel knots,” Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications. 21, no. 6 (2012) (23 pages.) arXiv:1011.3661
In the Media
CHAS brings Crenshaw, ‘Hidden Figures’ to campus
While Vassar hosts Crenshaw and the CHAS WoCC, Women in STEM will be screening the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” on campus, supporting the conference’s themes of intersectionality and black feminism.
One of the chief organizers of the screening, Visiting Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Statistics Moshe Cohen, shared, “The movie brings up several issues that impact departments and programs across campus: STEM fields, political science, history, education. Hopefully students from different majors and different backgrounds can use this shared experience as a way to engage with each other on some of these issues that are still relevant today. We can learn a lot from each other if we’re willing to listen.”
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