Organizing Committee

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.

David H. Blackwell & Richard Tapia

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

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Workshop Schedule

Friday, November 9, 2012
1:00 - 1:10Introduction and Director Welcome - Jill Pipher, Director, ICERM11th Floor Lecture Hall 
1:10 - 1:50The short pulse equation in high-low frequency bands for nonlinear metamaterials - Nathaniel Whitaker, University of Massachussetts, Amherst11th Floor Lecture Hall 
1:55 - 2:35How a dynamical model can predict phenotype from genotype - Santiago Schnell, University of Michigan11th Floor Lecture Hall 
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 Dynamics - Suzanne Weekes, Worcester Polytechnic Institute11th Floor Lecture Hall 
3:35 - 4:00Coffee and Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
4:00 - 4:40Using Delay Differential Equations to Model Dendritic Cell Therapies - Angela Gallegos, Loyola Marymount University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
4:45 - 5:25Scientific computing for movie special effects and virtual surgery - Joseph M. Teran, University of California, Los Angeles11th Floor Lecture Hall 
5:30 - 5:40Short Break (with coffee available)11th Floor Collaborative Space 
5:40 - 6:25Algorithm for Molecular Simulation and Analysis - Rachel Vincent-Finley, Southern University and A&M College11th Floor Lecture Hall 
6:25 - 6:30Math and Undergraduate Education Funding opportunities at NSF - Ron Buckmire, National Science Foundation11th Floor Lecture Hall 
6:30 - 8:15Poster Session and Reception at ICERM11th Floor Lecture Hall and Collaborative Space 
Saturday, November 10, 2012
8:30 - 9:15Continental Breakfast 11th Floor Collaborative Space 
9:15 - 9:55Successes in computational biological fluid dynamics -- courtesy of Ricardo Cortez - Lisa Fauci, Tulane University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
10:00 - 10:30Math and undergraduate education funding opportunities at NSF - Rob 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 Characteristics - David Torain, Hampton University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
11:45 - 1:10Lunch Break  
1:10 - 1:50The ground field method and the number of solutions of systems of polynomial equations over finite fields - Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico11th Floor Lecture Hall 
1:55 - 2:35On the Global Well-Posedness of a PDE model for Criminal Behavior - Nancy Rodriguez, Stanford University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
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 Discovery - Joaquin Bustoz, Jr. Lecture- Jacqueline M. Hughes-Oliver, George Mason University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
4:00 - 4:00Introduction of Prize Winner - Introduction by Trachette Jackson11th Floor Lecture Hall 
4:00 - 5:00A Spatial Model of Mosquito Host-Seeking Behavior - Ricardo Cortez, Tulane University11th Floor Lecture Hall 
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 ICERM on November 9-10, 2012. Read the full annoucement.

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 the Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative website.