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Bluefin Tuna + Equity Prices + Sahara Desert

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What do bluefin tuna, equity prices and the Sahara Desert have in common? They all add up to TUJ’s newest International Business professor, Dr. Minoru Kadota.
How?

Dr. Kadota is a pure mathematician. But he’s not a theoretical mathematician; he does applied math. Kadota’s background is in the marine world—both academic and trade. He studied marine science at Hokkaido University and at the University of Rhode Island and, yes, he has worked on fishing boats.

kadotaKadota, who has a PhD from NYU in Atmosphere/Ocean Science, uses math/stats to model animal behavior and global warming. His most recent research looks at Bluefin tuna using the same mathematical tools that Wall Street applies to market fluctuations.

At TUJ, Kadota will be covering courses in algebra, calculus and statistics. “Many people are afraid of math,” said Dr. Kadota. “When I was younger, I hated it too. So I can connect with any student who will accept the challenge.”

But Dr. Kadota isn’t just a math wonk. In his spare time, he runs ultra marathons. In 2010, he raced across the Sahara Dessert. The Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) in Morocco takes place over 6 days and covers 150+ miles (250km) – more than five regular marathons! It is run in six stages, the longest stage being around 80 plus kilometers.

Students beware: Kadota is serious when he says: “accept the challenge.”

Dr. Minoru Kadota
Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, New York University, 2008
Thesis title: “The Madden-Julian Oscillation and Its Impact on Weather Predictability”
M.S., Mathematics, New York University May 2004
M.S., Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 2003
Thesis title: “The ocean energy partition response to a hurricane”
B.S. with Distinction, Physics, University of Rhode Island, June 2002
B.S. with Distinction, Marine Science, University of Hokkaido, 1998

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