The Actuarial Science and Statistics Program at UCM offers a minor in statistics for
students majoring in other disciplines. This program exposes students with both statistical
theory and practice.
Meet Professor Phoebe McLaughlin
Professor and Assistant Chair
Dr. McLaughlin grew up in Taiwan, attended National Taiwan University and graduated
in 1981 with a BA in Library Science. She receive her MS and Ph.D. in Mathematics
from the University of Iowa in 1987 and 1991, respectively. Dr. McLaughlin joined
the School of Computer Science and Mathematics in 1991 and was promoted to full professor
Dr. McLaughlin teaches courses in probability and statistics, mathematics of finance,
and linear algebra. She supervises and coordinates Intermediate Algebra, general education
mathematics courses, and dual credit math courses. Dr. McLaughlin currently serves
as the secretary and treasurer of the Mathematical Association of America Missouri
Section and the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences editor in algebra.
Meet Professor Paul Plummer
Dr. Plummer has been a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics
since 2001, he joined the Graduate Faculty in 2013, teaching courses in statistics.
Dr. Plummer completed his Ph.D., in mathematics/economics with an emphasis in statistics
from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2012. His research is in statistics,
specifically change point analysis, with applications to DNA expression data. His
research includes the development of both Bayesian methods and Information Criterion.
In addition to his teaching, Dr Plummer also serves as the Liaison for the Kansas/Western
Missouri Section of the American Statistics Association's student honor society, Mu
Rho Sigma, at UCM.
Meet Professor Lianwen Wang
Dr. Lianwen Wang became a faculty member of the University of Central Missouri in
2003 after completing his doctorate in applied mathematics at Wayne State University.
Dr. Wang teaches graduate courses in statistics and analysis. His research interests
include statistics, control and optimization, and differential equations. Dr. Wang
has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has served on the
Technical Program Committee for five international conferences. He is currently serving
as an editor for the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences, a Mathematical Reviews
reviewer, and is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Analysis.
Meet Professor Daoping Yu
Dr. Daoping Yu became a faculty member of the University of Central Missouri in 2016
after completing his doctorate in mathematics at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.