Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series of spotlights on mathematics and statistics faculty. Dr. Falahola joined us in Fall 2017.
Do you have a hobby or collect something? How did you get into that?
My husband and I collect Christmas ornaments from all the places we visit together. We got our first ornament on our honeymoon and when we saw the same style of ornament in another location a year later, we decided it would be fun to try and find an ornament everywhere we went.
Tell us about an adventure you had, or would like to have.
One of the neat things about being in mathematics is all of the places it can take you (and most of the time for free!) As a student or professor of mathematics, I have visited Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and (of course) Texas! I look forward to more travels in the future.
What was one of your biggest successes or failures?
I’d have to say that having my daughter in May 2017 has been my biggest success so far in life. She is a joy and I feel blessed to be her momma.
What kind of music, books, movies, sports, games, cars, etc. (pick one or more) do you like? Any particular reason?
My favorite type of music to listen to is contemporary Christian music; it helps to keep me grounded in all of the busyness life can bring about.
I have only ever driven Ford vehicles since my dad is a big fan of Ford. I even got my husband to “come over to the Ford side” recently. He’s a proud convert.
I love to play card and dice games with my family, but am extremely competitive so the emotional stakes are always quite high when I play.
Also, having grown up mostly in north Texas, I am a huge fan of football and can still be found cheering on my high school (Trinity HS, Euless, Texas), and undergraduate (Baylor) teams.
What do you study? How did you get into that? Are there any (real-world) applications of your area of study?
My field of study is commutative algebra, with an emphasis on characteristic p methods in homological algebra. I knew I wanted to study some form of abstract algebra after taking some courses in it in undergraduate and graduate school, and the specific topic came to my attention with the advice of my doctoral advisor.
I also have a budding interest in post-secondary mathematics education after being involved in a major pedagogical restructuring of precalculus courses at my previous university.
What projects (academic or not) are you currently working on?
I am currently in the contemplative stage of decorating my house. I look forward to finding the time to start and finish little projects all around the house.
What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Do your best and let God do the rest!