Lia Leon Margolin

  • At the MENU2019 International Conference


Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Associate Professor







Dr. 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 and two Mellon Foundation grants to enhance her Advanced Interdisciplinary courses and support her research in Mathematics pedagogy. 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 2019 Dr.Margolin was invited by the International Research Conference Scientific and Technical Committee to serve on Editorial Review Board on Nuclear and Quantum Engineering. Dr.Margolin also served as an University Research Methodologist at the University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies. She conducted dissertation quality reviews, mentored doctoral students,  and facilitated online 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.  


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. (2021) Journal of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering (in press)

Margolin L.L. (2020). AIP Conference Proceedings 2249, 030017

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

Margolin L.L. (2014) 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. (2012) Proc.of Hawaii Int.Conf. 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

“Constructing Fully Anti-Symmetric Four-Body Wave Functions Including Spin, Isospin, and Hyperspherical Parts.”Sixth International Conference in Physics (Europhysics 2020), Barcelona, Spain, June 15-16, 2020 (Webinar)

“Constructing Wave Functions for Few-Body Systems in a Hyperspherical Basis Using Parentage Scheme of Symmetrization,”The 15th International Conference on Meson-Nucleon Physics and the Structure of the Nucleon (MENU 2019), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. June 2-7, 2019

“Developing, Implementing, and Assessing Methods for Engaging Students in Online and Blended Undergraduate Mathematics Classes” SENCER 2019 Mid Atlantic Conference on STEM, Humanities and Social Justice, April 5. 2019 New York, NY

“Model Independent Approaches for the Description of Quantum Systems.”The AMS 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. Nov 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

“Microscopic investigation of the structure characteristics and wave functions of the five-body hypernucleus Heλ5” INPC 2013 International Conference on Nuclear Physics, Florence, Italy

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. Dr.Margolin presented her research at  the ICNP2020 International Conference in Nuclear Physics held virtually due to pandemic in December 5-7, 2020 and at the 6-th International Conference in Physics (EuroPhysics2020) held also virtually on June 15-16, 2020. Dr.Margolin delivered a plenary talk at the International Conference on Meson-Nucleon Physics and the Structure of the Nucleon (MENU 2019) held at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in June, 2019. She also presented at the AMS Spring 2017 Conference held at Hunter College, New York, at the ICPN2013 International Nuclear Physics Conference in Florence, Italy 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.


Quantitative Reasoning

Mathematics of the Physical World

College Algebra

Intermediate Algebra (online)


Calculus I

Calculus II

Modeling Dynamics of Life (blended and online)

Mathematics Without Boundaries (online)

Professional Experience

College Service

Chair, Department of Mathematics

Member, Learning Assessment Committee

Coordinator, Quantitative Reasoning Program Assessment

Other Professional Activities

Editorial Review Board Member, International Research Conference Scientific and Technical Committee on Nuclear and Quantum Engineering.

Judge, Mathematics and Science Projects, 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,  College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix

 Member, Center for Educational and Instructional  Technology Research at College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix




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