Aug. 20, 2017
My inner search for the light of life started early in my childhood, and a milestone of that journey was set during the years while I was studying at Brown university at Providence, Rhode Island. Being trapped in spiritual darkness for a long time, I gradually realized that by myself there was no way to escape the inner darkness and I had found no peace within. The promise in John 1:12 became my personal experience when I began to know Jesus Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The place I lived in Providence was just several hundred feet away from the landing place of Rogers William, the founding father of Rhode Island. Rogers William gratefully named the city as providence, and like him I feel grateful to God's providence in the time of my distress.
Jason Wilson joined the Biola faculty in 2008 after receiving his Ph.D from the University of California, Riverside. His calling in life is to disciple students and this is his guiding principle as he seeks to teach, research, and serve as a professor for the glory of God. In graduate school he extended the probability of correct selection (PCS) statistic to high dimensional data and was able to successfully apply it to microarrays in genetics. Since coming to Biola he has focused more on undergraduate research, which has included publications on Yahtzee probabilities and the analysis of curveballs. Recently, he has begun focusing his writing on the integration of the Christian faith and mathematics/statistics. In other outlets - Jason enjoys statistical consulting and has worked on jobs at individual, business, state, and national levels. He is active in professional mathematical and statistical societies. Above all these, Jason enjoys talking and praying with students whether on campus or in his home. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Whittier, CA.
Yu Yan was born and raised in China. She did her undergraduate studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, and then completed her Ph.D. in mathematics at Stanford University. Before joining Biola, she taught a wide range of mathematics courses at the University of British Columbia, Houghton College and Huntington University. Her research is in the areas of differential geometry, differential equations, and analysis.