Debra L. Hydorn, Professor of Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. (1993) in statistics from the University of Michigan, after receiving an M.S. (1988) in mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds a B.S. (1980) in mathematics and zoology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hydorn has given several presentations at professional conferences, most recently “Combining On-and Off-Campus Service-Learning in a Statistics Methods Course” at the eighth International Conference on Teaching Statistics in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the paper “Group explorations and art projects in a mathematics of art course for first-year students” at the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco. In addition, she was a co-presenter for a talk on using blogs in freshman seminar courses at the 2010 International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics.
Her publications include a chapter on service learning in statistics courses for the 2005 Mathematical Association of America publication “Mathematics in Service to the Community.” She has received several grants from the University for a variety of projects including curriculum development and computer usage in the undergraduate curriculum. Most recently, Dr. Hydorn was awarded a 2011-2012 Mary Washington Faculty Development Grant for the project “Correcting for Error in GPS Position to Improve the Linear Association Between Satellite and Field-Collected Measurements of Elevation.”
Dr. Hydorn is a member of the American Statistical Association, the Mathematics Association of America, the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Virginia Academy of Science.