Dr. Lori McCune

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Missouri Western State University

Lori's Homepage

About Me

Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Lori McCune. I am an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics at Missouri Western State University. I was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Ashland University.

I received my PhD from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in May 2011, where I studied commutative algebra under the direction of Professor Tom Marley. In particular, I'm interested in Hilbert-Samuel and Hilbert-Kunz functions of zero-dimensional ideals.

In 2016 I served as the Chair of the Missouri Section of the MAA. You can find information about the Spring 2016 meeting at http://staff.missouriwestern.edu/~lmccune/maa2016.


Current Courses

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Previous Courses Taught at Missouri Western State University

MAT110(E) Contemporary Problem Solving
MAT112 Finite Mathematics
MAT116 College Algebra
MAT119 Trigonometry
MAT130 PreCalculus
MAT132 Elementary Statistics
MAT167 Calculus I
MAT177 Calculus II
MAT287 Calculus III
MAT306 Linear Algebra
MAT315 Topics in Geometry
MAT352 Mathematics for Middle/Elementary Teachers
MAT416 Abstract Algebra
MAT450 Independent Study - Topology
MAT450 Independent Study - Kansas City Crime Data Project
MAT462 Number Theory
MAT470 Seminar in Mathematics - Graph Theory


Office Hours

can be seen in the calendar above and by appointment


You can access my CV here .
Blogging and Self-Graded Homework in Contemporary Problem Solving (2018), PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1443533.
"How Can We Compare Different Voting Methods? A Voting Theory Project (2018) PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2018.1489924, together with David McCune
Counting Your Chickens with Markov Chains, to appear in Mathematics Magazine, with David McCune
Hilbert Coefficients of Parameter Ideals, Journal of Commutative Algebra 5, (2013), no. 3, 399-412
A Note on a Conjecture of Watanabe and Yoshida , (as Lori McDonnell) Comm. Algebra 39 (2011), no. 11, 3993-3997
Hilbert-Samuel and Hilbert-Kunz Functions of Zero-Dimensional Ideals (as Lori McDonnell) - my PhD thesis, May 2011.
A Theorem of Hochster and Huneke concerning Tight Closure and Hilbert-Kunz Multiplicity (as Lori McDonnell) - this gives a mostly self-contained proof of a theorem of Hochster and Huneke characterizing the Hilbert-Kunz Multiplicity in terms of tight closure.

Missouri Western State University
UNL's Math Department (My graduate institution.)
The University of Akron (My undergraduate institution.)
Wolfram Mathworld
Desmos Graphing Calculator
The Math Major Who Never Reads Math from Math with Bad Drawings

Contact Me

Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Dr.
St. Joseph, MO

Phone: 816-271-4592

Email: lmccune@missouriwestern.edu
The best way to contact me is through email.

The views and opinions expressed on this page are strictly those of the page author. The contents of this page have not been approved by the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics & Physics, the College of Arts and Sciences, or Missouri Western State University.

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