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ICERM Special Event: "Blackwell-Tapia Conference 2012" (November 9-10, 2012)


Organizing Committee
David Blackwell
David Blackwell
April 24, 1919 -
July 8, 2010
Richard Tapia
Richard Tapia
Description

This is the seventh in a series of biennial conferences honoring David Blackwell and Richard Tapia, two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics. Carrying forward their work, this one and a half day conference will

  • Recognize and showcase mathematical excellence by minority researchers
  • Recognize and disseminate successful efforts to address under-representation
  • Inform students and mathematicians about career opportunities in mathematics, especially outside academia
  • Provide networking opportunities for mathematical researchers at all points in the higher education/career trajectory

The conference includes a mix of activities including scientific talks, poster presentations, panel discussions, ample opportunities for discussion and interaction, and the awarding of the 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize.


This event is supported in part by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.



  • Ivelisse Rubio Canabal
    (University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras)
  • Ricardo Cortez
    (Tulane University)
  • Lisa Fauci
    (Tulane University)
  • Angela Gallegos
    (Loyola Marymount University)
  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver
    (George Mason University)
  • Santiago Schnell
    (University of Michigan)
  • Tamara Singleton
    (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Joseph Teran
    (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • David Torain
    (Hampton University)
  • Suzanne Weekes
    (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  • Marian Hernandez Viera
    (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Rachel Vincent-Finley
    (Southern University and A&M College)
  • Nathaniel Whitaker
    (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Alejandro Aceves
    (Southern Methodist University)
  • James Allen
    (University of Minnesota)
  • Alejandra Alvarado
    (Purdue University)
  • Julia Anderson-Lee
    (Iowa State University)
  • Julio Cesar Andrade
    (University of Bristol)
  • Ashraf Bah Rabiou
    (University of Delaware)
  • Rodrigo Banuelos
    (Purdue University)
  • Alexander Barrios
    (Purdue University)
  • Kanadpriya Basu
    (University of North Texas)
  • Shanadeen Begay
    (Boston University)
  • Mario Bencomo
    (Rice University)
  • Jonathan Blair
    (Purdue University)
  • Kevin Bowman
    (Morehouse College)
  • Ron Buckmire
    (National Science Foundation)
  • Russel Caflisch
    (IPAM)
  • Fernando Camacho
    (University of Kentucky)
  • Frederick Campbell
    (Rice University)
  • Russell Carden
    (Rice University)
  • Roberta Carew
    (Valencia College)
  • Jorge Castanon
    (Rice University)
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez
    (Arizona State University)
  • Sean Colbert-Kelly
    (Purdue University)
  • Ricardo Cortez
    (Tulane University)
  • Alissa Crans
    (MSRI/Loyola Marymount University)
  • Dennis Dean
    (Harvard Medical School)
  • Gelonia Dent
    (Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York)
  • Alexander Diaz Lopez
    (University of Notre Dame)
  • Julius Esunge
    (University of Mary Washington)
  • Christina Eubanks-Turner
    (University of Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • Lisa Fauci
    (Tulane University)
  • Dennis Frank
    (University of North Carolina)
  • Angela Gallegos
    (Loyola Marymount University)
  • Edray Goins
    (Purdue University)
  • Martin Golubitsky
    (Ohio State)
  • Arman Green
    (Morehouse College)
  • Cristi Guevara
    (Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo)
  • Johnny Guzman
    (Brown University)
  • Pamela Harris
    (United States Military Academy)
  • Brendan Healy
    (Tufts University)
  • Francisco Hernandez
    (Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • Marcia Higgins
    (Rice University)
  • Leslie Hogben
    (Iowa State University and American Institute of Ma)
  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver
    (North Carolina State University)
  • Monica Jackson
    (American University)
  • Jeremy Jankans
    (University of California, Irvine)
  • Otis Jennings
    (Columbia University)
  • Silvia Jiménez Bolaños
    (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  • Christopher Jones
    (University of North Carolina)
  • Julienne Kabre
    (Illinois Institute of Technology)
  • Isabelle Kemajou
    (University of Minnesota)
  • Jieun Kim
    (Purdue University)
  • Souleymane Konate
    (The College of the College Cross)
  • Liang Kong
    (Auburn University)
  • Tong Li
    (University of Iowa)
  • Luis Lomeli
    (University of Oklahoma)
  • Christopher Loncke
    (Medgar Evers College)
  • William Massey
    (Princeton University)
  • Henok Mawi
    (Howard University)
  • Talea Mayo
    (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Olive Mbianda
    (Southern Illinois University of Carbondale)
  • Reginald McGee
    (Purdue University)
  • Jillian McLeod
    (U.S. Coast Guard Academy)
  • Robert Megginson
    (University of Michigan)
  • Eduardo Melendez
    (Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico)
  • Komi Messan
    (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Un)
  • Juan Meza
    (University of California, Merced)
  • Lidia Mrad
    (Purdue University)
  • Anuj Mubayi
    (Northeastern Illinois University)
  • Kevin Mugo
    (Purdue University)
  • Isidro Munive Lima
    (Purdue University)
  • Calistus Ngonghala
    (University of Tennessee)
  • Mechie Nkengla
    (No Name)
  • Asamoah Nkwanta
    (Morgan State University)
  • Mavis Pararai
    (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
  • Jill Pipher
    (Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))
  • Gina-Maria Pomann
    (North Carolina State University)
  • Cristian Potter
    (Purdue University)
  • Candice Price
    (United States Military Academy, West Point)
  • Alicia Prieto Langarica
    (Youngstown State University)
  • Emmanuel Quansah
    (Clarkson University)
  • Rosalyn Rael
    (University of Michigan)
  • Karen Rios-Soto
    (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Joaquin Rivera
    (University of Puerto Rico-Humacao)
  • Nancy Rodriguez
    (Stanford University)
  • Anika Rounds
    (Tufts University)
  • Ivelisse Rubio
    (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Rocio Ruelas
    (Cornell University)
  • Bjorn Sandstede
    (Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))
  • Santiago Schnell
    (University of Michigan)
  • Kimberly Sellers
    (Georgetown University)
  • Nur Shahir
    (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
  • Cheri Shakiban
    (University of Minnesota)
  • Qin Sheng
    (Baylor University)
  • Tamara Singleton-Goyea
    (University of Maryland)
  • Felicia Tabing
    (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Richard Tapia
    (Rice University)
  • Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem
    (Lafayette College)
  • Alberto Teguia
    (Rice University)
  • Joseph Teran
    (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Bianca Thompson
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
  • David Torain
    (Hampton University)
  • Ivi Tsantili
    (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Everardo Uribe
    (NSF iCAMP)
  • Arturo Vargas
    (Rice University)
  • Dante Vela
    (None)
  • Marian Viera
    (University of Puerto Rico)
  • Rachel Vincent-Finley
    (Rice University)
  • Katia Vogt Geisse
    (Purdue University)
  • Talitha Washington
    (Howard University)
  • Suzanne Weekes
    (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
  • Nathaniel Whitaker
    (University of Massachusetts)
  • Ulrica Wilson
    (Morehouse College)
  • Cynthia Wood
    (Rice University)
  • Kamuela Yong
    (Arizona State University)
  • Michael Young
    (Iowa State University)
  • Melkamu Zeleke
    (William Paterson University of New Jersey)
FridayNovember 9, 2012
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
1:00 - 1:10Introduction and Director WelcomeJill Pipher, Director, ICERM11th Floor Lecture Hall
1:10 - 1:50The short pulse equation in high-low frequency bands for nonlinear metamaterialsNathaniel Whitaker, University of Massachussetts, Amherst11th Floor Lecture Hall
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1:55 - 2:35How a dynamical model can predict phenotype from genotypeSantiago Schnell, University of Michigan11th Floor Lecture Hall
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2:40 - 2:50Short Break (with coffee available)11th Floor Collaborative Space
2:50 - 3:30The Effect of Age Structure on Stem and Non-stem Cancer Cell Population DynamicsSuzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute11th Floor Lecture Hall
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3:35 - 4:00Coffee and Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space
4:00 - 4:40Using Delay Differential Equations to Model Dendritic Cell TherapiesAngela Gallegos, Loyola Marymount University11th Floor Lecture Hall
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4:45 - 5:25Scientific computing for movie special effects and virtual surgeryJoseph M. Teran, University of California, Los Angeles11th Floor Lecture Hall
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5:30 - 5:40Short Break (with coffee available)11th Floor Collaborative Space
5:40 - 6:25Algorithm for Molecular Simulation and AnalysisRachel Vincent-Finley, Southern University and A&M College11th Floor Lecture Hall
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6:25 - 6:30Math and Undergraduate Education Funding opportunities at NSFRon Buckmire, National Science Foundation11th Floor Lecture Hall
6:30 - 8:15Poster Session and Reception at ICERM11th Floor Lecture Hall and Collaborative Space

SaturdayNovember 10, 2012
TimeDescriptionSpeakerLocationAbstractsSlides
8:30 - 9:15Continental Breakfast 11th Floor Collaborative Space
9:15 - 9:55Successes in computational biological fluid dynamics -- courtesy of Ricardo CortezLisa Fauci, Tulane University11th Floor Lecture Hall
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10:00 - 10:30Math and undergraduate education funding opportunities at NSFRob Buckmire, National Science Foundation11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:30 - 10:55Short Break (with coffee available)11th Floor Collaborative Space
10:55 - 11:00Group Photo11th Floor Lecture Hall
11:00 - 11:40Sensitivity of System Stability of UAVs to Variation of Vehicle Aerodynamic CharacteristicsDavid Torain, Hampton University11th Floor Lecture Hall
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11:45 - 1:10Lunch Break
1:10 - 1:50The ground field method and the number of solutions of systems of polynomial equations over finite fieldsIvelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico11th Floor Lecture Hall
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1:55 - 2:35On the Global Well-Posedness of a PDE model for Criminal BehaviorNancy Rodriguez, Stanford University11th Floor Lecture Hall
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2:40 - 3:00Short Break (with coffee available)11th Floor Collaborative Space
3:00 - 4:00A Statistician�s Tour of Duty in the World of Drug DiscoveryJoaquin Bustoz, Jr. Lecture- Jacqueline M. Hughes-Oliver, George Mason University11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:00 - 4:00Introduction of Prize WinnerIntroduction by Trachette Jackson11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:00 - 5:00A Spatial Model of Mosquito Host-Seeking BehaviorRicardo Cortez, Tulane University11th Floor Lecture Hall
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5:30 - 6:30Cash Bar ReceptionWestin Hotel, Providence
6:30 - 6:35Seated for BanquetWestin Hotel, Providence
6:35 - 7:00Remarks and Awarding of Blackwell-Tapia PrizeWestin Hotel, Providence
7:00 - 9:00Banquet: Food Served/Buffet OpenWestin Hotel, Providence

Ricardo Cortez Awarded 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize

The National Blackwell-Tapia Committee recently announced that Professor Ricardo Cortez of the Mathematics Department at Tulane University was awarded the 2012 Blackwell-Tapia Prize. The prize recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field of expertise and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of the underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics. Dr. Cortez is internationally regarded as a leading researcher in fluid dynamics and mathematical modeling. He has also been a leader in undergraduate mentoring and the development of training opportunities for underrepresented minority students in the mathematical sciences. Dr. Cortez will be the guest of honor at the Seventh Blackwell-Tapia Conference at ICERMon November 9-10, 2012. Read the full announcement here.

 

Photo of Ricardo Cortez
Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano

 

The biennial Blackwell-Tapia Prize was established in 2002 by the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in honor of the late David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations to more than a generation of African American and Latino/Latina students and professionals in the mathematical sciences. A consortium of U.S. mathematics institutes, which host the conference in turn, supports the conference at which the prize is awarded. Previous hosts have been MSRI (2002), IPAM (2004), IMA (2006), SAMSI (2008), and MBI (2010).

The initial Blackwell-Tapia Conference was organized at Cornell University in 2000 by MTBI Director Carlos Castillo-Chavez. In 2002, MSRI Director David Eisenbud suggested the addition of the prize to succeeding Blackwell-Tapia Conferences. This prize is funded by a generous donation from Cornell secured by Castillo-Chavez. Previous recipients of the Blackwell-Tapia Prize are Arlie Petters (2002), Rodrigo Bañuelos (2004), William Massey (2006), Juan Meza (2008), and Trachette Jackson (2010). A more detailed version of the history can be seen at by clicking here.