- Associate Professor
- Lyman Briggs College & Department of Mathematics
- Michigan State University

Campus addresses:

Holmes Hall, Room W-32 | Wells Hall, Room C-305 |

Lyman Briggs College | Department of Mathematics |

Postal addresses:

Michigan State University | Michigan State University |

Lyman Briggs College | Department of Mathematics |

919 E. Shaw Lane, Room E35 | 619 Red Cedar Road, Room C305 |

East Lansing, MI 48825-1107 | East Lansing, MI 48824 |

E-mail address: rbell (at) math (dot) msu (dot) edu

I teach courses in both the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Mathematics at Michigan State University. Below are links to my courses for spring 2015 and a link to some of my previous courses.

LB 118 Calculus I, Sections 003 and 004. These sections will use a modified curriculum with an emphasis on modeling and applications to the life sciences. Course development and related research is supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. |

MTH 419H Honors Algebra II, Section 001. This honors is required for students in the Advanced Track Program in the Mathematics Department. |

Current and previous courses |

My primary research interests lie in a branch of mathematics known collectively as geometric group theory. The principal objects of study are of interest to researchers in geometry, group theory, and topology. My areas of expertise include CAT(0) spaces, Coxeter groups, Artin groups, and mapping class groups. In recent years, I have developed an interest in combinatorial games, especially the game of cops and robbers on graphs.

Curriculum Vitae (current as of January 2016)

- Taylor Ball, Robert W. Bell, Jonathan Guzman, Madeleine
Hanson-Colvin, and Nikolas Schonsheck.
*The cop number of generalized Petersen graphs*. Submitted. Available at arXiv:1509.04696 [math.CO]. - Robert W. Bell and Matt Clay. ``Right-angled Artin groups,'' book
chapter in
*Office Hours with a Geometric Group Theorist*, Matt Clay and Dan Margalit, editors. To be published by Princeton University Press. - Robert W. Bell.
*Combinatorial methods for detecting surface subgroups in right- angled Artin groups*. ISRN Algebra, vol. 2011, Article ID 102029, 6 pages, 2011. doi:10.5402/2011/102029. - Robert W. Bell and Dan Margalit.
*Injections of Artin groups*. Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici, 82 (2007), no. 4, 725-751. - Robert W. Bell and Dan Margalit.
*Braid groups and the co-Hopfian property*. Journal of Algebra, 303 (2006), no. 1, 275-294. - Robert W. Bell.
*Three-dimensional FC Artin groups are CAT(0)*. Geometriae Dedicata, 113 (2005), 21-53.

Geometric Group Theory |

Geometry & Topology at Michigan State University |

I am a co-PI, with Aklilu Zeleke, on multiple REU grants shared by faculty in the Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Probability and Statistics. We have offered a summer REU here at MSU each summer since 2010. Below is a link to the REU web page.

Update: Support for Our REU program has been renewed for the Summer of 2016. Please feel welcome to contact me if you are considering applying for the 2016 program. The web page below will be updated soon. Preference will be given to applications received by March 1, 2016.

Last updated on 01/10/2016