## Short CV

(For my full CV, click here.)

### Positions:

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-present.

WWU Münster

### Education:

Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Virginia, 2018.

Advisor: David Sherman

M.S. Mathematics, Auburn University, 2013.

B.S. Mathematics, Auburn University, 2010.

B.A. Philosophy, Auburn University, 2010.

### Articles:

K. Courtney, D. Sherman. “The universal C*-algebra of a contraction,” 28 pages, to appear in *J. Operator Theory,* (arXiv:1811.04043).

K. Courtney, T. Shulman. “Elements of C*-algebras attaining their norm in a finite-dimensional representation,” *Canad. J. Math.* 71 (2019), Issue 1,

[http://dx.doi.org/10.4153/CJM-2017-040-x] (arxiv:1707.01949).

K. Courtney, T. Shulman. “Free products with amalgamation over central C*-subalgebras,” to appear in *Proc. Amer. Math. Soc.*. arXiv:1809.09134.

### Selected Talks:

**East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium.**Texas Christian University, October 2018:

“Amalgamated free products of strongly RFD C*-algebras over central subalgebras.” (Slides)**International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM)- Satellite Conference in Operator Algebras.**Florianópolis, Brazil, July 2018:

“Norm attainment under finite-dimensional representations.” (Slides)**(Sub)factors in Maui.**Maui, HI, 2018:

“A universal contraction algebra: from von Neumann’s inequality to Connes’ embedding problem.”**AMS Sectional Meeting- Special Session on Advances in Operator Algebras.**Vanderbilt, April 2018:

“Finite-dimensional representations of C*-algebras and AF mapping telescopes.”**Workshop on computability of K-theory for C*-algebras.**Texas A& M, February 2018:

“Universal contractions, von Neumann’s Inequality, and Connes’ embedding problem.”**Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM)- Special Session on Advances in Operator Algebras.**San Diego, CA, January 2018.

“A von Neumann-type inequality with universal C*-algebras.”**Brazos Analysis Seminar.**University of Huston, November 2017:

“Residually finite-dimensional C*-algebras and mapping telescopes.”**Oberwolfach Mini-Workshop: MASAs and Automorphisms of C*-algebras.**September 2017:

“Finding elements in C*-algebras using mapping telescopes.”**Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras (NCGOA) Spring Institute.**Vanderbilt, May 2017:

“Finite Dimensionally Normed Elements in an RFD C*-algebra.”**University of Virginia Operator Theory Seminar.**August-September 2016:

Four-Part Lecture Series: “The WEP, the LLP, and some related conjectures according to Kirchberg.” (Lecture Notes)

### Service:

- Organizer for Young Mathematicians in C*-algebras (YMC*A) 2019, University of Copenhagen.
- Organizer for Young Women in C*-algebras (YWC*A) 2018, KU Leuven.
- Organizer for Teaching for Diversity Workshop, University of Virginia Department of Math, August 2017.
- University of Virginia Graduate Student Seminar Chair, 2016-2018.
- University of Virginia Math Ambassadors Outreach Program, 2014- 2018.

### Honors:

- American Institute of Mathematics, Structured Quartet Research Ensembles (SQuaRE), August 2019.
- Oberwolfach Leibniz Graduate Students Grant recipient, August 2019.
- American Mathematical Society, Joint Math Meetings 2018 Travel Grant.
- Association for Women in Math, Joint Math Meetings 2018 Workshop Grant.
- US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow (NSF # DMS-1641185), September 2017.
- All-University Graduate Teaching Award, University of Virginia, April 2017.
- Spring Dissertation Fellowship, University of Virginia, Spring 2017.
- Invited Researcher (NSF # DMS-1665118), Intensive Research Program on Operator Algebras: Dynamics and Interactions, Centre de Recerca Matemática, Bellaterra, March-July 2017.