Organizing Committee

The NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Committee hosts the 2018 Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Awards Ceremony. This is the ninth conference since 2000, held every other year, with the location rotating among NSF Mathematics Institutes. The conference and prize honors David Blackwell, the first African-American member of the National Academy of Science, and Richard Tapia, winner of the National Medal of Science in 2010, two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics.

The Blackwell-Tapia Prize recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her area 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 underrepresentation of minorities in math.

The 2018 recipient of the Blackwell-Tapia Prize is Dr. Ronald E. Mickens, the Distinguished Fuller E. Callaway Professor in the Department of Physics at Clark Atlanta University.

The conference will include scientific talks, poster presentations, panel discussions, ample opportunities for networking, and the awarding of the Blackwell-Tapia Prize. Participants are invited from all career stages and will represent institutions of all sizes across the country, including Puerto Rico.

Goals of the conference are to:

  • 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

Image for "Blackwell-Tapia Conference 2018"
David H. Blackwell & Richard Tapia

Brought to you by the Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative with funding from the National Science Foundation (DMS-1440140). Additional funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (G02018011014), Brown University's Department of Mathematics, and Cornell University's Department of Statistical Science.

Bonus Events

For those arriving in Providence on Thursday, November 8, 2018, please join us for a very special ICERM Public Lecture, "Mathematics: Rhyme and Reason" at 5:30pm, featuring Mel Currie, National Security Agency (retired). Reserve your seat today!

And for the truly early birds: on the same day at ICERM (November 8), the institute is hosting a talk by the first Blackwell-Tapia Prize recipient, Dr. Arlie Petters (Duke University), who will present "Cosmic Shadows, Other Worlds, and a Fifth Dimension" at 4:00pm as part of Brown University's "Thinking Out Loud" lecture series. Register today.

Light refreshments will be served at both events.

Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.

  • Speaker
  • Poster Presenter
  • Attendee
  • Virtual Attendee
  • Amir Babak Aazami
    Clark University
  • Stephon Alexander
    Brown University
  • Asma Azizi Boroojeni
    Arizona State University
  • Luis Baeza
    Brown University
  • Iman Bahmani Jafarloo
    Politecnico di Torino
  • Alexander Barrios
    Carleton College
  • Ghanshyam Bhatt
    Tennessee State University
  • Sean Brooks
    Coppin State University
  • Ron Buckmire
    Occidental College
  • Naiomi Cameron
    Lewis & Clark College
  • Carlos Castillo-Chavez
    Arizona State University
  • Bem Cayco
    San Jose State University
  • Lincoln Chandler
    Chandler Decision Services
  • William Christian
  • Cory Colbert
  • Duane Cooper
    Morehouse College
  • María Angélica Cueto
    Ohio State University
  • Melvin Currie
    National Security Agency
  • Carina Curto
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dennis Dean
    Seven Bridges
  • Papri Dey
    IIT Bombay
  • Carrie Diaz Eaton
    Bates College
  • Alexander Diaz-Lopez
    Villanova Universiry
  • WIlliam Dula
    Clark Atlanta University
  • Kossi Edoh
    NC A&T State University
  • David Eisenbud
    Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and University of California, Berkeley
  • Emmanuel Ekwedike
    Princeton University
  • Raechelle Emmanuel
    Cornell University
  • Baltazar Espinoza Cortes
    Arizona State University
  • Maurice Fabien
    Rice University
  • Arturo Fernandez
    UC Berkeley
  • Ligia Flores
    Sam Houston State University
  • Gabriela Florido
    California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
  • Colin Ford
    Purdue University
  • Luis David Garcia Puente
    Sam Houston State University
  • Edray Goins
    Pomona College
  • Elizabeth Gross
    University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • Helen Grundman
    American Mathematical Society
  • Jean Guillaume
    University of Rhode Island
  • Abba Gumel
    Arizona State University
  • Johnny Guzman
    Brown University
  • Maila Hallare
    Norfolk State University
  • Robert Hampshire
    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • Ebony Harvey
    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Brendan Hassett
    ICERM/Brown University
  • Isom Herron
  • Leslie Hogben
    American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) & Iowa State U
  • Johnny Houston
  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver
    North Carolina State University
  • Nicholas Johnson
    Princeton University
  • Vincent Jones
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Marvin Jones
    Indiana University
  • Julienne Kabre
    U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Donald King
    Northeastern University
  • Caroline Klivans
    Brown University
  • Liang Kong
    University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Jayla Langford
    Purdue University Undergraduate Student
  • Oscar Leong
    Rice University
  • Torina Lewis
    Clark Atlanta University
  • Anton Leykin
    Georgia Tech
  • Jaime Lopez
    Tulane University
  • Jean Lubuma
    University of Pretoria
  • Leonardo Marazzi
    Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Christine Marshall
  • Maria Martinez
    Arizona State University
  • William Massey
    Princeton University
  • Reginald McGee
    College of the Holy Cross
  • Robert Megginson
    University of Michigan
  • Juan Meza
    National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
  • Ronald Mickens
    Clark Atlanta University
  • Cesar Montalvo
    Arizona State University
  • Helen Moore
  • Victor Moreno
    Arizona State University
  • David Murrugarra
    University of Kentucky
  • Asamoah Nkwanta
    Morgan State University
  • Eze Nwaeze
    Tuskegee University
  • Kamaldeen Okuneye
    School of Mathematical and Statistical Science
  • Peter Olver
    University of Minnesota
  • Rosa Orellana
    Dartmouth College
  • Saulo Orizaga
    Duke University
  • Tomas Pajdla
    Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Jean-Claude Pedjeu
    Tennessee State University
  • Jamol Pender
    Cornell University
  • Arlie Petters
    Duke University
  • Joan Ponce
    Purdue University
  • Cristian Potter
  • Madison Ramsey
    Cornell University
  • Kristian Ranestad
    University of Oslo
  • Nar Rawal
    Hampton University
  • Catherine Roberts
    American Mathematical Society
  • Adriana Salerno
    Bates College
  • Kiara Sanchez
    Sam Houston State University
  • Fatoumata Sanogo
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Rhonda Sharpe
    Women's Institute for Science, Equity and Race
  • Luca Sodomaco
    University of Florence
  • Luis Sordo Vieira
    The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
  • Kimani Stancil
    U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • T Christine Stevens
    American Mathematical Society
  • Idris Stovall
    Mathematical Sciences Institute (MSI)
  • Ludovic Tangpi
    Princeton University
  • Richard Tapia
    Rice University
  • Bianca Thompson
    Westminster College
  • Bourama Toni
    Howard University
  • Shubhendu Trivedi
  • Wencel Valega
    University of Tennesse Knoxville
  • Anthony Varilly-Alvarado
    Rice University
  • Mariel Vazquez
    UC Davis
  • Marilyn Vazquez Landrove
  • Leticia Velazquez
    Rice University
  • Talitha Washington
    Howard University
  • Jenna Washington
    Brown University
  • Suzanne Weekes
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Nathaniel Whitaker
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dwight Williams II
    The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Robin Wilson
    California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Ulrica Wilson
    Morehouse College
  • Emily Winn
    Brown University
  • Michael Young
    Iowa State University
  • Josephine Yu
    Georgia Institute of Technology

Workshop Schedule

Friday, November 9, 2018
12:30 - 1:00pm ESTRegistration - ICERM 121 South Main Street, Providence RI 0290311th Floor Collaborative Space 
1:00 - 1:10pm ESTWelcome - ICERM Director11th Floor Lecture Hall 
1:10 - 1:55pm ESTA Feynman Approach to Dynamic Rate Markov Processes - William Massey, Princeton University Department of Operations Research & Financial Engineering11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:05 - 2:50pm ESTNonstandard finite difference models of some differential equations in Life Science - Jean Lubuma, University of Pretoria11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:50 - 3:10pm ESTCoffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:10 - 3:55pm ESTDynamically-Consistent Finite-difference Discretization for Population Biology Models - Abba Gumel, Arizona State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:05 - 4:50pm ESTAlgebra and Origami - Adriana Salerno, Bates College11th Floor Lecture Hall
5:00 - 6:30pm ESTWelcome Reception / Poster Session11th Floor Collaborative Space 
Saturday, November 10, 2018
8:30 - 9:00am ESTContinental Breakfast at ICERM 11th Floor Collaborative Space 
9:00 - 9:45am ESTThe characters of the symmetric group - Rosa Orellana, Dartmouth College11th Floor Lecture Hall
9:55 - 10:40am ESTThe geometric disposition of Diophantine equations - Tony Várilly-Alvarado, Rice University11th Floor Lecture Hall
10:40 - 11:10am ESTGroup Photo and Coffee Tea Break 11th Floor Collaborative Space 
11:10 - 11:55am ESTLines in the tropics. - M. Angelica Cueto, Ohio State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
12:00 - 1:30pm ESTBreak for Lunch / Free Time  
1:30 - 2:15pm ESTCounting Arithmetical Structures - Luis David Garcia Puente, Sam Houston State University11th Floor Lecture Hall
2:25 - 3:10pm ESTSmart Cities - Data and Decision science for parking management - Robert Hampshire, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute11th Floor Lecture Hall
3:10 - 3:30pm ESTCoffee/Tea Break11th Floor Collaborative Space 
3:30 - 4:15pm ESTThe Math of Mickens - Talitha Washington, Howard University11th Floor Lecture Hall
4:25 - 5:10pm ESTx^2 + y^2 = 1? - Ronald Mickens, Clark Atlanta University11th Floor Lecture Hall
6:00 - 7:00pm ESTCocktail HourThe Biltmore Providence 11 Dorrance Street Providence, RI 
7:00 - 9:00pm ESTBanquetThe Biltmore Providence 11 Dorrance Street Providence, RI 

Lecture Videos

x^2 + y^2 = 1?

Ronald Mickens
Clark Atlanta University
November 10, 2018

The Math of Mickens

Talitha Washington
Howard University
November 10, 2018

Smart Cities - Data and Decision science for parking management

Robert Hampshire
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
November 10, 2018

Lines on cubic surfaces in the tropics

Maria Angelica Cueto
Ohio State University
November 10, 2018

The geometric disposition of Diophantine equations

Anthony Varilly-Alvarado
Rice University
November 10, 2018

The characters of the symmetric group

Rosa Orellana
Dartmouth College
November 10, 2018

Algebra and Origami

Adriana Salerno
Bates College
November 9, 2018