PhD(Mathematics), Nara Women's University JAPAN (1998)
1155 Union Circle #311430, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-5017
I was born and raised in Kyoto, an ancient city of Japan. According to my mother, delivering me was extremely hard; in fact, she had to suffer almost three full nights without using any anesthetic! Why did it take so much time? Because I did not make the umbilical cord long enough to get out! Yes, it somehow shows my personality clearly: optimist.
Looking back to my childhood, I was slow at learning. Some people are good at memorizing formulas quickly and apply without having deep understanding, but I am not. My grade for math was not great at all; however, I had strongly believed (without specific reason) that math is the one to make a peaceful world.
I received my B.A from the Ritsumeikan University in 1993 and my DSc (Doctor of Science, which is officially proved as equivalent to PhD in U.S.) from the Nara Women's University in 1998. Getting a DSc must have been a great surprise for my parents. Let me introduce the Nara Women's university briefly. In Japan, there are 99 national universities, but this university and Ochanomizu University, located in Tokyo, are the only two national universities that accept female students only. These two universities rank among the leading Japanese institutions of women's higher education with their first rate academic level.
I had a wonderful graduate student's life with a lot of freedom. Although Prof. Kako, my official advisor in the Nara women's university, was not a specialist of fractals but computer algebra, he allowed me to contact with specialists working in other universities so that I could join their seminars to learn the basic idea of fractal analysis.
My thesis advisor was late Prof. M. Yamaguti, a professor emeritus in the Kyoto university. Meeting with him changed my life completely. He was an open-minded person who stimulated me strongly to go abroad.
In 1999, I finally came to Texas to work with Dr.Mauldin. However, nobody could understand my English! I am not kidding, it is true! So, Dr.Mauldin kindly suggested me to go to the Intensive English Language Institute in U.N.T. at first. Although it was a hard period to study English intensively, it was also great fun to see a different culture and people. It helped me understand myself and my background better. Traveling abroad is fun certainly (I have been to Brazil, Costa Rica,Singapore, China, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, France, Austria, Netherlands, Canada, England and Scottland), but it is totally different from living there.
More about me?
1. Faculty Teaching Award in 2013: https://math.unt.edu/faculty-spotlight/kiko-kawamura
2. November Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award in 2018: https://teachingcommons.unt.edu/spotlight/awards/dr-kiko-kawamura