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Dan Van Peursem

Dan Van Peursem
Associate Professor
Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences
UD Dakota Hall 334
Phone: 605-677-5995
I am a lifetime resident of the Midwest and have been an educator my whole life. My first collegiate position was here at USD in 1997 and have been here ever since. I have served as the Mathematical Sciences Department Chair since 2004. Dr. Van Peursem enjoys maintaining student interaction through his courses.
Teaching Interests:
For the past several years I have been teaching our introductory calculus I and II courses. It is my hope to recruit strong math majors into the field that are interested in careers in mathematics.
Research Interests:
My original dissertation area was in the analytical modeling of ground water flow. Specifically ground water remediation systems using vertical recirculation wells. As of recently, I have been more interested in mathematical modeling in biology and ecology with population dynamics and the spread of diseases.
  • Ph D, Applied Mathematics, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997
  • MA, Mathematics, The University of South Dakota, 1992
  • BA, Mathematics, Northwestern College, 1989
  • Funds to support Undergraduate Math Conference, MAA (Mathematical Association of America), (2014 - 2014)
  • Finishing what we have begun: Improving success in mathematics at USD, South Dakota BOR, (2013 - 2013)
  • Jensen, S., Van Peursem, D., (2013), Controlling Plague Among Prairie Dogs: A Two Colony Eppidemiological Model, Transactions on Biology and Biomedicine/ WSEAS, vol. 10, iss. 3, pp. 67-78.
  • Henneman, K., Van Peursem, D., Huber, V., (2013), Mathematical modeling of influenza and a secondary bacterial infection, Transactions on Biology and Biomedicine / WSEAS, vol. 10, iss. 1, pp. 1-11.
  • Van Peursem, D., Keller, C., Pietrzak, D., Wagner, C., Bennett, C., (2012), A COMPARISON OF PERFORMANCE AND ATTITUDES BETWEEN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COLLEGE ALGEBRA VS. QUANTITATIVE LITERACY, Mathematics and Computer Education , vol. 46, iss. 2, pp. 107-118.
  • Georgescu, C., Van Peursem, D., (2009), Dynamics of a Population Model Controlling the Spread of Plague in Prairie Dogs., Recent Advances in Applied Mathematics and Computational and Information Sciences, vol. 1.
Awards and Honors:
  • Honorary Member of Golden Key, USD Golden Key Honor Society, 2012
  • Van Peursem, D. (2012, March). Math Emporium. Presented at the MAA Sectional Meeting, Freemont, NE.
  • Georgescu, C., Van Peursem, D. (2009, November). Dynamics of a population model.. Presented at the NEIU -Chicago Department of Mathematics Seminar, Northeastern Illinois University.
  • Georgescu, C., Van Peursem, D. (2009, April). Dynamics of a population model controlling the spread of plague in prairie dogs.. Presented at the 15th American International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Houston.
  • Georgescu, C., Van Peursem, D. (2009, April). Dynamics of a population model. Presented at the Nebraska/SE South Dakota Section of MAA, Hastings College, Hastings, NE.