I am a co-organizer for the Topology, Geometry, and Data Analysis (TGDA) Seminar at The Ohio State University [Fall 2020]
I am a co-organizer for the Reading (Semi)group at The Ohio State State University, a reading group on semigroup theory [Fall 2020]
I co-organized a workshop for MAA MathFest 2020 "Navigating Academia as an Underrepresented Early Career Mathematician" [cancelled COVID-19]
I am a member of the STEAM Factory at The Ohio State University, as grass-roots network of OSU faculty and staff focused on interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement in the arts and sciences.
Below I have included details on some select academic service I have been involved with.
Radical Pi Math Club: Death to Determinants!
I have given several talks to the undergraduate Radical Pi Math Club at The Ohio State University. The most recent of these was on September 30, 2020, where I spoke about the mathematical methods of Dr. William McWorter, Jr. the first Black American to earn a PhD in Mathematics from The Ohio State University. He wrote two papers that described algorithms for computing the characteristic polynomial and the eigenvectors of a matrix without using determinants. This fun talk represents the early stages of a more formal effort to research the history of Black Americans in the Mathematics Department at The Ohio State University. This math history project was inspired by the social justice movement in the United States and around the world following the death of George Floyd, and the pioneering work of Scott Williams, Edray Goins, Don King, Asamoah Nkwanta, and John Weaver with the Mathematicians of the African Diaspora database.
Women in Mathematical Sciences (WIMS) at OSU
On October 22, 2019 I gave a talk "On Their Shoulders: Hidden Figures and My Journey in Mathematics" to the Women in Mathematical Sciences (WIMS) Club at The Ohio State University. I was able to share my mathematical journey, details of the new Hidden Figures course I created at OSU, and some of my research in factorization theory. We had a fun time!
A Seat at the Table: A Dialogue on Diversity and Equity in STEM
In March of 2019 myself and Eric Herschthal organized an event about diversity and equity in STEM as part of the Spring 2019 Dialogue and Discussion Series through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This event was sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University.
Eric has a PhD in History with at the time of the event held an appointment as a Race and Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American and African Studies. While I am a pure mathematician, I am very passionate about issues related to equity and diversity in mathematics, and so this event was a great idea that lay at the intersection of both our scholarly and professional interests.
The framework for our event was as follows: Part of The Ohio State University's 2020 Vision is to make the university a model of inclusive excellence. But what does this look like in the STEM disciplines across the institution? We aimed to have a dialogue about the barriers that inhibit persistence and success in STEM, particularly among under-represented minority, first-generation, low-income, and female students. Our invited panelists shared their experiences effectively engaging and promoting the success of diverse student populations through inclusive educational practices, extra-curricular activities, and/or policies.
[keynote] Dr. Quinn Capers, Associate Dean of Admissions at The Ohio State University's School of Medicine
Dr. Anne-Marie Nunez, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Studies
Dr. Marcela Hernandez, Administrative Director in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dr. John H. Johnson, Assistant Professor and Academic Program Specialist in the Department of Mathematics
I was a co-organizer for the 12th Annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day hosted by the University of Iowa's Department of Mathematics. Sonia Kovalevsky was a renowned 19th century mathematician, writer, and women's rights activist. I developed a theme and t-shirt design for this event: Math Girls R.O.C.K! High school females, their educators, and parents and/or guardians spent a day on campus learning about different types of math Research, Opportunities they can take advantage of as high school students, different Career paths in mathematics, and general math Knowledge. It took place on Saturday March 4, 2017. Check out the event flyer here.
I was involved with last year's SK Day as a co-organizer of the career panel session. We invited speakers from surrounding academic and professional communities and moderated a discussion about the different ways math can shape your career. In 2011 I volunteered for SK Day at the University of Kentucky where I helped with an origami station, jeopardy game, assisted with lunch, and general set up and take down.
Photos from 2016 and 2017 Sonia Kovalevsky Day
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