I am a mathematics professor and Head of the Mathematics Department at Western
Kentucky University, and creator of the software package Peaklet Analysis. I am currently
working in the areas of spectrum analysis using wavelets, mathematical modeling, and
mathematical curricula development for elementary students. 

Articles

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Operation Comics (with Tressa Tullis and Clinton Lewis), WKU Spirit (2011)

This was a piece on my Operation Comics project for the WKU Alumni Foundation's magazine...

 

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Operation Comics: The Story Continues (with Janet Tassell and Tressa Tullis), Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)

During the 2008-2009 academic year, the author K. wrote three issues of Operation Comics, a...

 

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Improved automated monitoring and new analysis algorithm for circadean phototaxis rhythms in Chlamydomonas (with Christa Gaskill, Jennifer Forbes-Stovall, Mike Young, Claire A. Rinehart, and Sigrid Jacobshagen), Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (2010)

Automated monitoring of circadian rhythms is an efficient way of gaining insight into oscillation parameters...

 

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Comic Books That Teach Mathematics, Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)

During the 2008--2009 academic year, the author embarked on an extremely non-standard curriculum path: developing...

 

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Using Works of Visual Art to Teach Matrix Transformations (with James Luke Akridge, Rachel Bowman, and Peter Hamburger), Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)

The authors present a modern technique for teaching matrix transformations on $\R^2$ that incorporates works...

 

Books

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Operation Comics #6: The Return of Captain Confusion (with Tressa Tullis) (2012)

This is the sixth of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades...

 

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Operation Comics #5: Wonderkid! The Origins of Wonderguy (with Tressa Tullis) (2011)

This is the fifth of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades...

 

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Operation Comics #4: Wonderguy in the Sky! (with Tressa Tullis) (2010)

This is the fourth of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades...

 

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Operation Comics #3: Not Your Average Cat (2009)

This is the third of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades...

 

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Operation Comics #2: The Shape of Things (with Alex O'Keefe and Missy Pitcock) (2009)

This is the second of a series of comics that embed mathematics appropriate for grades...

 

Contributions to Books

Constructions of Orthogonal and Biorthogonal Scaling Functions and Multiwavelets Using Fractal Interpolation Surfaces, Advances in Imaging And Electron Physics (2002)

This chapter is a survey of the work that has been done by Donovan, Geronimo,...

 

Math Matters TV segments

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Math Matters: Why Do I Need to Know This? (Episode 1 - Venn diagrams, exponent rules, compound interest, and the Rule of Seventy), WKYU-TV internal cable (2006)

This is the first episode of my TV program. Topics include Venn diagrams, exponent rules,...

 

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Math Matters: Why Do I Need to Know This? (Episode 10, Segment 1 - consumer mathematics), WKYU internal cable (2006)

This is the first segment of the tenth episode of the program, where I discuss...

 

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Math Matters: Why Do I Need to Know This? (Episode 10, Segment 2 - circles and Pythagorean theorem), WKYU internal cable (2006)

This is the second segment of the tenth episode of the program, where I discuss...

 

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Math Matters: Why Do I Need to Know This? (Episode 10, Segment 3 - exponential and logarithmic functions), WKYU internal cable (2006)

This is the third segment of the tenth episode of the program, where I discuss...

 

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Math Matters: Why Do I Need to Know This? (Episode 11, Segment 1 - amortized loans), WKYU internal cable (2006)

This is the first segment of the eleventh episode of the program, where I discuss...

 

Presentations

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Leslie Matrices for Logistic Population Modeling, WKU Mathematics Symposium (2013)

Leslie matrices are taught as a method of modeling populations in a discrete-time fashion with...

 

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Peaklet Analysis: Software for Spectrum Analysis, Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (2013)

This is the presentation I was invited to give at the Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship...

 

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Operation Comics: Making Math Fun, Owensboro Community and Technical College STEM Innovation Celebration 2011 (2011)

This talk gives a background on the Operation Comics series, which integrates mathematics into a...

 

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Operation Comics: The Story Continues (with Tressa Tullis), 2011 Bridges Conference: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)

This talk was given, with Tressa Tullis as the main presenter and Bruce Kessler as...

 

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“Drawing” Upon Your Students’ Creativity: Teaching (Your Subject Here) with Comic Books, WKU Writing Project (2011)

During Spring 2009, Dr. Kessler created and published a comic book series that embedded math...

 

Interviews in the Media

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Innovate Kentucky Interview (2013)

I was interviewed by Josh Raymer of Innovate Kentucky regarding my upcoming (8/29/2013) presentation at...

 

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Professor helps in search for explosives, illegal substances (with Jenna Mink) (2011)

I was interviewed by Jenna Mink of the Daily News regarding our wavelet-based software for...

 

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Software product may improve security screening, explosives detection (with Tommy Newton) (2011)

Press release from WKU News about the release of Peaklet Analysis software, a joint venture...

 

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Comic Books To Teach Mathematics?: Bruce Kessler Says Yes (with Tracy Inman) (2011)

I was interviewed by Tracy Inman about the Operation Comics project and how it applies...

 

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Comic Book Guy (with Pam Cassady) (2011)

Bowling Green Daily News article on the Operation Comics project.