Howard M Thompson
hmthomps (at) umflint (dot) edu
Howard M Thompson
402 Murchie Science Building
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502-1950
Office Phone: 810-762-3293
Fall 2009 was my first term as an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at UM-Flint. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended Stanton Elementary School, attended Castro Valley High School, attended UC Irvine as an undergraduate, went to graduate school in Berkeley, and moved to Michigan for a postdoctoral position in Ann Arbor. My first job after the post-doc was at Spring Arbor University. I moved here from there. I have taught Mathematics for Social Scientists II during the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research each of the last several years. I am an algebraic geometer and I am interested in algebra in general. At the moment, I am a Research Member at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
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Curriculum Vitae Research Statement Teaching Statement
 Karen E. Smith and Howard M Thompson, Irrelevant exceptional divisors for curves on a smooth surface, Algebra, geometry and their interactions, Contemp. Math., vol. 448, Amer. Math.Soc., Providence, RI, 2007, pp. 245–254. MR2389246 Preprint
 Howard M Thompson, On toric log schemes, Ph. D. dissertation, 2002. PDF (824 K) gzipped DVI (86 K) gzipped postscript (201 K)
 Howard M Thompson, Toric singularities revisited, J. Algebra 299 (2006), no. 2, 503–534. MR2228325 (2007b:14113) Journal of Algebra Preprint