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

  • Alejandro Aceves
    Southern Methodist University
  • Alejandra Alvarado
    Eastern Illinois University
  • Christina Alvey
    Mount Saint Mary College
  • Julia Anderson-Lee
  • Ashraf Bah Rabiou
    University of Delaware
  • Rodrigo Banuelos
    Purdue University
  • Alexander Barrios
    Carleton College
  • Treena Basu
    Occidental College
  • Kanadpriya Basu
    Occidental College
  • Sukanya Basu
    Central Michigan University
  • Shanadeen Begay
    Northeastern University
  • Mario Bencomo
    Rice University
  • Jonathan Blair
  • Kevin Bowman
    C2 Education
  • Ron Buckmire
    Occidental College
  • Russel Caflisch
    NYU Courant Institute
  • Fernando Camacho
    University of Kentucky
  • Frederick Campbell
    Rice University
  • Russell Carden
    University of Kentucky
  • Naomi Carrillo
    Focal Point Data Risk
  • Jorge Castanon
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez
    Arizona State University
  • Martina Chirilus-Bruckner
    University of Leiden
  • Sean Colbert-Kelly
    University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Ricardo Cortez
    Tulane University
  • Alissa Crans
    Loyola Marymount University
  • Dennis Dean
    Seven Bridges Genomics Inc.
  • Gelonia Dent
    City University of New York (CUNY) and Brown University
  • Alexander Diaz-Lopez
    Swarthmore College
  • Lisa Fauci
    Tulane University
  • Dennis Frank
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Angela Gallegos
    Loyola Marymount University
  • Edray Goins
    Purdue University
  • Martin Golubitsky
    Ohio State University
  • Arman Green
  • Cristi Guevara
    Louisiana State University
  • Jean Guillaume
    University of Rhode Island
  • Johnny Guzman
    Brown University
  • Ryan Handoko
    Yale School of Medicine
  • Pamela Harris
    United States Military Academy West Point
  • Brendan (Burns) Healy
  • Francisco Hernandez
  • Leslie Hogben
    American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) & Iowa State U
  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver
    North Carolina State University
  • Trachette Jackson
    University of Michigan
  • Monica Jackson
    American University
  • Jeremy Jankans
    University of California, Irvine
  • Otis Jennings
    IvySys Technologies, LLC
  • Silvia Jiménez Bolaños
    Colgate University
  • Christopher Jones
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Julienne Kabre
    U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Isabelle Kemajou
    University of Minnesota
  • Lily Khadjavi
    Loyola Marymount University
  • Jieun Kim
    Bloomberg LP
  • Donald King
    Northeastern University
  • Souleymane Konate
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Liang Kong
    University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Tong Li
    University of Iowa
  • Luis Lomeli
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Christopher Loncke
    Medgar Evers College, CUNY
  • Khallid Love
    Kelly Educational Staffing
  • William Massey
    Princeton University
  • Henok Mawi
    Howard University
  • Olive Mbianda
    Southern Illinois University
  • Reginald McGee
    Purdue University
  • Jillian McLeod
    US Coast Guard Academy
  • Robert Megginson
    University of Michigan
  • Eduardo Melendez
    Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • Komi Messan
    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Juan Meza
    University of California, Merced
  • Alexander Moll
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 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
    University of Illinois
  • Asamoah Nkwanta
    Morgan State University
  • Jamol Pender
    Princeton University
  • Jill Pipher
    Brown University - ICERM
  • Gina-Maria Pomann
    North Carolina State University
  • Cristian Potter
    Purdue University
  • Candice Price
    United States Military Academy
  • Alicia Prieto Langarica
    Youngstown State University
  • Emmanuel Quansah
    Clarkson University
  • Rosalyn Rael
    University of Michigan
  • Sheryl-Vi Rico
    Brown University
  • Karen Rios-Soto
    University of Puerto Rico
  • Joaquin Rivera
    University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • Nancy Rodriguez
    Stanford University
  • Anika Rounds
    Tufts University
  • Ivelisse Rubio
    University of Puerto Rico
  • Rocio Ruelas
    Cornell University
  • Bjorn Sandstede
    Brown University
  • 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
  • Erwin Suazo
    University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
  • 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
    National Science Foundation
  • Arturo Vargas
    Rice University
  • Dante Vela
  • Rachel Vincent-Finley
    Southern University
  • Katia Vogt Geisse
    Purdue University
  • Talitha Washington
    Howard University
  • Suzanne Weekes
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Nathaniel Whitaker
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Ulrica Wilson
    Morehouse College
  • Cynthia Wood
    Rice University
  • Kamuela Yong
    Arizona State University
  • Michael Young
    Iowa State University
  • Melkamu Zeleke
    William Paterson University

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.