Lia Margolin received her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She was a Senior Research Scientist in the Nuclear Physics Department of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. Dr. Margolin was awarded a J. Soros International Science Foundation grant for her original research in physics of light hypernuclei and a Diplomate in Mathematical Physics for her original work as a research fellow at the Institute of Cybernetics of Georgian Technical University. She is also a recipient of the Career Education Corporation’s Educator of the Year Award and two University of Phoenix distinguished teaching awards. Dr.Margolin joined Marymount Manhattan in 2006. She teaches a number of lower level disciplinary studies courses in mathematics and maintains an active research agenda. She developed two natural sciences courses for the Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives (AIP) requirement of the general education curriculum. She was awarded two Mellon Foundation grants in 2013-2014 to enhance her AIP course development and support her research in Mathematics pedagogy. Dr.Margolin has ongoing research collaborations with the Institute of Cybernetics and Institute of Physics in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Margolin invites undergraduate students to participate in her research.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
M.S.& B.S. in Physics. Diploma with Honors. Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia
Presentations & Invited Talks
“Increasing Student Motivation and Performance through Inquiry Based Learning with STELLA Systems Thinking and Simulation Software.” Hawaii University International Conference on Education &STEM. June 16-18. 2014. Honolulu, HI
“Thinking about Numbers”. MMC C-TIE Pedagogy Luncheon, May 14, 2014
“Quantum Dots.” MMC Faculty Projects Luncheon. December 4, 2013
“Structure Characteristics and Wave Functions of Five-Body Hypernuclei.” International Nuclear Physics Conference, June 2-7, 2013, Florence, Italy.
“Quantum Enigma”. Mathematics Speaker Series at MMC. February 27, 2013
“Investigating Students’ Attitudes towards Mathematics and Sciences.”Hawaii International Conference in Mathematics and Engineering Technology. July 31- August 2, 2012, Honolulu, HI.
“On the Method of N-Body Hyperspherical Basis Symmetrization.”7th International Conference on Quantum Theory and Symmetries (QTS7), August 7-11, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic
Grants & Awards
2015 Senior Faculty Fellowship Leave, MMC
2014: Mellon Foundation Grant to enhance AIP pedagogy, MMC
2013: Mellon Foundation Grant to enhance AIP pedagogy, MMC
2011: Ferraro Grant for the AIP course Development, MMC
2011 SENCER grant for the course development
2010: Badgeley Award for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, MMC
2010: Tenure & Promotion Award, MMC
2009: Junior Faculty Fellowship Leave, MMC
2008: Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Phoenix.
2007: Faculty Service Learning Fellowship, MMC
2007: Diplomate in Mathematical Physics for original research
Institute of Cybernetics, Academy of Sciences of Georgia
2006: Research Fellowship, Institute of Cybernetics, Georgia
2005: Educator of the Year $5000 cash award,
Career Education Corporation, Chicago, IL
2004: Educator of the Year, Katharine Gibbs College, New York, NY
2000: Georgia-USA Bilateral Research Grant, GRDF
1999: Teaching Excellence Award, International Association
of Georgian Teachers/Professors “UNESCO”
1997: J. Soros International Science Foundation (ISF) Grant for original
research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics
Dr. Margolin’s current research interests are in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Theoretical Nuclear Physics, and Quantum Nanophysics. She has ongoing collaboration as a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Holographic Recording and Processing of Information of The Institute of Cybernetics in Georgia. She was invited to present her recent research findings at the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Florence, Italy in June, 2013 and at Hawaii University International Conference on Education &STEM in June, 2014.
Dr. Margolin led student-faculty collaborative research project in mathematics education and presented at Hawaii University International Conference in Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in 2012. She continuous her research in mathematics education and investigates strategies for increasing student motivation and success in mathematics. Dr. Margolin continues to participate in joint international research projects at the Institute of Cybernetics in Georgia and invites undergraduate students to participate in her research.
Mathematics of the Physical World
Modeling Dynamics of Life
Member, Academic Honors Committee
Member, Institutional Effectiveness Committee
Member, General Education Outcomes Assessment Committee
Coordinator, Quantitative Reasoning Program
Faculty Mentor, Mathematics
Other Professional Activities
2002-present: Judge, Mathematics and Science Projects (invited)
Intel International & NYAS Science & Engineering Fair
2008-present: Doctoral Dissertation Mentor & Committee Member
School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix Online