Welcome to the web site for biographies of women in mathematics. These pages are part
of an on-going project at Agnes Scott College
in Atlanta, Georgia, to
illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics.
Here you can find biographical essays or comments
welcome contributions of biographical information or essays from those outside Agnes
Scott College. If you are interested in contributing an essay, please send your
contribution to the email address below. Comments, suggestions, or
corrections can also be sent to this address.
Did you know? (See the Archive for past announcements)
Talitha Washington, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University, has been appointed by the National Science Foundation as the Division of Undergraduate Education Program Director for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program. The goal of this program is to strengthen STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations. For more information about Professor Washington, see her website at www.talithawashington.com.
Congratulations to the U.S. team of Qi Qi, Angela Deng, Wanlin Li, and Siye Zhu, who took first place at the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad held April 6-12, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. Each member of the team was awarded a gold medal for their individual performance. For more information, see the MAA press release. For information about the competition, including the problems, team scores, and individual scores, see theEGMO website.
- Ingrid Daubechies, the James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, received the Math + X Investigator Award from the New York-based Simons Foundation. The $1.5 million grant will support her research between mathematics and electrical and computer engineering in the next five years. For more details, see the Duke news release and an article about her recent research projects.
- The World Meeting for Women in Mathematics will take place in Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the same venue as the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018, on the day preceding the Congress. This is a satellite event of the ICM 2018, organized by the IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics. It will bring together mathematicians from all over the world to think about and discuss the gender issue in mathematics and its challenges, initiatives, and perspectives for the future, with a strong focus on Latin America. It will also include invited talks by Latin American female mathematicians.
- Congratulations to Sara Zahedi, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockhold, Sweden, for being awarded one of ten European Mathematical Society Prizes at the 2016 European Congress of Mathematics in Berlin. The EMS Prize is awarded to young researchers not older than 35 years, of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of excellent contributions in mathematics. Zahedi, who works in the area of numerical analysis, was recognized for her efforts to improve computer simulations of the behavior of fluids that don't mix together. She was the only woman to win one of this year's ten prizes and just the ninth female winner in the 25 years that the prizes have been awarded. Read more about Zahedi and her work on "Blood, oil and water" in a Plus Magazine article and in an interview of her from the European Mathematical Society.
- At the 2016 International Congress on Mathematical Education in Hamburg, Germany, Professor Jill Adler, FRF Chair of Mathematics Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, received the Hans Freudenthal Medal in recognition of her outstanding research program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics in South Africa – from her 1990s ground-breaking, sociocultural research on the inherent dilemmas of teaching mathematics in multilingual classrooms through to her subsequent focus on problems related to mathematical knowledge for teaching and mathematics teacher professional development. For more information about Professor Adler and her work in mathematics education, see the award citation from the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.
- Congratulations to Stephanie Shi-Ning Mui from Vienna, VA, for receiving the First Place Award at the 2016 intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 10-16, 2016, in Phoenix, AZ. Her poster was on "Embedding a Flat Torus in Three Dimensional Euclidean Space" and provided a visualization of the embedded flat torus in the three-dimensional Euclidean space using sinusoidal fractal curves.
AWM Biographies Contest
To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical
sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics sponsors an essay
contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and
statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. This
contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8,
Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM website. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter. For more information and to see the results of past Essay Contests, go to http://www.awm-math.org/biographies/contest.html.
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