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Lenore Cowen

Professor
Computer Science

Lenore Cowen

Lenore Cowen

Professor
Computer Science

Phone 617-627-5134
Halligan Hall, Room 107A
161 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
graph algorithms, distributed algorithms, approximate routing, classification and clustering for high-dimensional data, coloring and its generalizations, computational molecular biology
Biography: 

Lenore Cowen is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mathematics. After finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT in 1993, she was an NSF postdoctoral fellow and then joined the faculty of the Mathematical Sciences Department (now the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department) at Johns Hopkins University. She joined Tufts in 2001. Her research interests span three areas: discrete mathematics, algorithms, and computational molecular biology.

Education: 
Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, MIT, 1993
B.A., Mathematics, Yale University, 1987
Professional Experience: 
2009-present:

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Tufts School of Engineering

2004-present:

Joint Appointment, Department of Mathematics, Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences

2000-2009:

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Tufts School of Engineering

1994-2001:

Department of Mathematics Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

  • 2000-2001: Associate Professor
  • 1994-2000: Assistant Professor
1998-2000:

Visiting Scientist, Lab for Computer Science, MIT

1994:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University

1993:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota

Selected Honors and Awards: 
1999: Emmaline Bigelow Conland Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute
1996: Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research
1993: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
2013-2015: Vice Chair, SIAM Activity Group in Discrete Mathematics
2008-2013: Member, Editorial Board, SIAM Review
Professional Memberships: 
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
International Society for Computational Biology (ICSB)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
COMP/MATH-0061: Discrete Mathematics
COMP-0150-GT: Graph Theory
COMP-0150-BCB: Hot Topics in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
COMP-0160: Algorithms
COMP-0167: Computational Biology
COMP-0170: Computation Theory
COMP-0260: Advanced Algorithms