Hello! I am a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Smith College. In July 2024, I will start a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Vassar College. My research interests are in topological data analysis (TDA), computational topology and geometry, network science, and mathematical biology. My pronouns are *she/her*.

Links: CV. google scholar. linkedin.

My email is rbelton@smith.edu

### News

**October 2024**. I am on the organizing committee of the Broader Engagement (BE) Program for the SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Data Science. Through the BE program, Liz Munch and I will be mentoring a Guided Affinity Group (GAG) on “Topology and Data”. Students in our GAG will meet with us each morning and attend sessions relevant to our topic.**August 2024**. I am attending the Joint Statistical Meetings and participating in the Preparing to Teach workshop.**June 2024**. I am attending Computational Geometry (CG) Week and am giving a talk at the Young Researchers Forum.**February 2024**. Code for*G-Mapper: Learning a Cover in the Mapper Construction*is now publicly available. We present an algorithm that optimizes the cover of a Mapper graph by splitting a cover repeatedly according to a statistical test for normality. More details can be found in the preprint.**January 2024**. I am giving a talk at the online seminar for the Applied Algebraic Topology Research Network (AATRN). A recording of the talk can be found on the AATRN youtube channel.**January 2024**. I am giving a talk at the Joint Math Meetings (JMM) in the AMS special session on Applied Topology: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications.