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About me

I am currently a Professor of Mathematics at Utica College in Utica, NY. My main research interest is arithmetic algebraic geometry and number theory. In particular, I am interested in the classification of F-crystals over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic. I am also interested in inquiry-based learning in undergraduate education. In my spare time, I like to enjoy classical music, playing piano, collecting stamps, and root for Manchester United.

About my name

  • In traditional Chinese, my name is written as 蕭瀟. In standard Romanization, it is spelled as Xiāo Xiāo with tones.
  • The most difficult part of the pronunciation is the first letter “x”. Ignoring the Chinese syllabic structure, Hs-iao offers a close sound in English. The “show” part of the word “shower” offers another close pronunciation. Here is an audio of me pronouncing it.
  • My last name 蕭 came from the name of a place called Xiao County (found around 681 BC). Today, Xiao County is part of Anhui Province of China, although I was born in Wuhan in Hubei Province.