Lia Leon Margolin

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Lia  Margolin received her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She was a Senior Research Scientist in the Nuclear Physics Department of the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. Dr. Margolin was awarded a J. Soros International Science Foundation grant for her original research in physics of light hypernuclei and a Diplomate in Mathematical Physics for her original work as a research fellow at the Institute of Cybernetics of Georgian Technical University. She is also a recipient of the Career Education Corporation’s Educator of the Year Award and two University of Phoenix distinguished teaching awards. Dr.Margolin joined Marymount Manhattan in 2006. She developed two (blended and online) Natural Science courses for the Advanced Interdisciplinary Perspectives (AIP) requirement of the general education curriculum. She was awarded MMC Online and Blended Course Development Grants in 2015 and 2017, and two Mellon Foundation grants in 2013 and 2014 to enhance her Advanced Interdisciplinary courses and support her research in Mathematics pedagogy. In 2017 she was selected by STEM Talent Expansion Program Center as an external expert to review the Modeling Earth Systems curricula materials developed for the InTeGrate Project funded by NSF. In summer 2017 Dr.Margolin was invited to serve as an University Research Methodologist at the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. She conducted dissertation methodology quality reviews and facilitated online and ground doctoral dissertation seminars. Dr.Margolin has ongoing research collaborations with the Institute of Cybernetics and Institute of Physics in Tbilisi, Georgia.  She invites undergraduate students to participate in her research.  


Associate Professor of Mathematics







M.S.& B.S. in Physics. Diploma with Honors. Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Recent Work


      Margolin L.L. Proc. of AMS Spring 2017 Conf. New York NY       

      Margolin L.L. Proc. of Hawaii Univ. Int.Conf. on Education &STEM   


Margolin L. European Physics Journal 66 (2014) doi:10.1051/epjconf/20146609013

Tsiklauri Sh., Margolin L. (2014). EPJ Web of Conferences Vol.66, 09021

Margolin, L Journal of Physics 343 (2012): 01207  doi:10.1088/1742-6596/343/1/012071.

Margolin, L., Sampoli B,, Tarasenko A. Proc.of Hawaii Int.Conf. (2012) .Honolulu, HI.

Kezerashvili R., Margolin L.,Tsiklauri Sh. Few-Body Physics. 44 (2008)

B. Kilosanidze. G.Kakauridze, L.Margolin. I.Kobulashvili. Applied Optics. 46 (2007)

Margolin L. Tsiklauri Sh.arXiv:0710.3143 [math-ph]. (2007)

Margolin L.Tsiklauri Sh. arXiv:nucl-th/0608001 (2006)

Presentations & Invited Talks

       “Model Independent Approached for the Description of Quantum  

        Systems.” AMS 2017 Spring Conference in Hunter College, New York 

        NY May 6-7, 2017

“Remote Sensing.” MMC Faculty Research Presentations, December 9, 2015

“Quantum Entanglement.” Mathematics Speaker Series at MMC. November 4, 2015

“Increasing Student Motivation and Performance through Inquiry Based Learning  with STELLA Systems Thinking and Simulation Software.” Hawaii University International Conference on Education &STEM. June 16-18. 2014. Honolulu, HI 

“Thinking about Numbers”. MMC C-TIE Pedagogy Luncheon, May 14, 2014

“Quantum Dots.” MMC Faculty Projects Luncheon. December 4, 2013

“Structure Characteristics and Wave Functions of Five-Body Hypernuclei.”  International  Nuclear Physics Conference,  June 2-7, 2013, Florence, Italy.

 “Quantum Enigma”. Mathematics Speaker Series at MMC. February  27, 2013

“Investigating Students’ Attitudes towards Mathematics and  Sciences.”Hawaii  International Conference in Mathematics and  Engineering Technology. July 31-  August 2, 2012, Honolulu, HI.

“On the Method of N-Body Hyperspherical Basis Symmetrization.”7th International    Conference on Quantum Theory and Symmetries (QTS7), August 7-11, 2011,    Prague, Czech Republic

Grants & Awards

2017  Online and Blended Course development Grant, MMC

2015  Senior Faculty Fellowship Leave, MMC

2015   Online and Blended Course Development Grant, MMC

2014:  Mellon Foundation Grant to enhance AIP pedagogy, MMC

2013:  Mellon Foundation Grant to enhance AIP pedagogy, MMC

2011:  Ferraro Grant for the AIP course Development, MMC

2011   SENCER grant for the course development

2010:  Badgeley Award for Student-Faculty Collaborative Research, MMC

2010:  Tenure & Promotion Award, MMC 

2009:  Junior Faculty Fellowship Leave, MMC

2008:  Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Phoenix.

2007:  Faculty Service Learning Fellowship, MMC

2007:  Diplomate in Mathematical Physics for original research  

           Institute of  Cybernetics, Academy of  Sciences of Georgia

2006:  Research Fellowship, Institute of Cybernetics, Georgia           

2005:  Educator of the Year $5000 cash award,

           Career Education Corporation, Chicago, IL

2004:  Educator of the Year, Katharine Gibbs College, New York, NY

2000:  Georgia-USA Bilateral Research Grant, GRDF

 1999:  Teaching Excellence Award, International Association

           of Georgian Teachers/Professors “UNESCO”

1997:  J. Soros International Science Foundation (ISF) Grant  for original  research in Theoretical Nuclear Physics       



  Dr. Margolin’s current research interests are in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Theoretical Nuclear Physics, and Quantum Nanophysics. She has ongoing collaboration as a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Holographic Recording and Processing of Information of The Institute of Cybernetics in Georgia. She was invited to present her recent research findings at the AMS Spring 2017 Conference in New York, the International Nuclear Physics Conference in Florence, Italy in June, 2013 and at Hawaii University International Conference on Education &STEM in June, 2014.         

     Dr. Margolin led student-faculty collaborative research project in mathematics education and presented at Hawaii University International Conference in Mathematics and Engineering Technologies several times. She continuous her research in mathematics education and investigates strategies for increasing student motivation and success in mathematics. Dr. Margolin continues to participate in joint international research projects at the Institute of Cybernetics in Georgia and invites undergraduate students to participate in her research. 


Quantitative Reasoning

Mathematics of the Physical World

College Algebra

Intermediate Algebra (online)


Calculus I

Calculus II

Modeling Dynamics of Life

Mathematics Without Boundaries (online)

Professional Experience

College Service

Member, Institutional Effectiveness Committee

Coordinator, Quantitative Reasoning Program Assessment

Faculty Mentor, Mathematics

Member, CTIE Advisory Board


Other Professional Activities


 Judge, Mathematics and Science Projects (invited)

                        Intel International & NYAS Science & Engineering Fair

         Proposal reviewer, STEM Talent Expansion Program Center                                                            InTeGrate project on Modeling Earth Systems                                  

 University Research Methodologist & Dissertation Committee  

               Chair,  School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix 


 Member,  Center for Educational and Instructional                      

                  Technology Research at School of Advanced Studies



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