WAM at IAS Receives Award

From the AMS: “The Women and Mathematics Program (WAM) at IAS Receives the 2019 Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award

“WAM was founded in 1994 at the Institute for Advanced Study by Karen Uhlenbeck and Chuu-Lian Terng. The program seeks both to inspire talented women at the undergraduate level to pursue and complete their educational goals at the highest academic levels, and to address the challenges encountered by female graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. It encourages female mathematicians to form collaborative relationships and to be part of a large network that provides support and reduces the sense of isolation experienced by many women in mathematics. Read the announcement from the AMS Secretary. (Photo of WAM Program Committee members by Andrea Kane, courtesy of IAS.)”

We at DINAMICS are particularly excited about this award since WAM has funded our Wikipedia edit-a-thons.

AWM’s 2020 Workshop on Creating Welcoming Environments

From the AWM: “The Moving Towards Action workshop to improve the culture and climate in the mathematical sciences will take place in conjunction with the 2020 Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) in Denver, Colorado. When members of the mathematics community are made to feel unwelcome in our profession, the success of mathematics as a whole is put into jeopardy. This workshop is focused on understanding and creating welcoming environments (providing actionable information and process change plans to mathematics department interested in driving cultural change at their respective institutions) so as to invite more people to enter and persist in STEM disciplines. Apply here by October 1.”

Math Mamas: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting Noticed in Your New Job

“My career path has spanned academia, government, nonprofits and industry, and in early December 2017 I was coming full circle: I was preparing to start with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) where I would be working with women across professions in a position to drive institutional change at the policy level, and support an army of volunteers to find meaningful routes for their own career advancement and improvement of our profession.” Read more here.

Chronicle: Admissions and Racism

Photo credit: Claire Bangser for The Chronicle

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: “About three years ago, Marie Bigham, then a college counselor at a private high school in New Orleans, created a Facebook group. She kicked it off with a post that began: “Why college admissions professionals should fight hate and inequity.” She added a few dozen people to the private community, which now boasts about 800 members. The group, Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today, or ACCEPT, has recently become an incorporated nonprofit organization. Over time, it’s grown into a space where racially diverse insiders can vent and talk about how to change the field, with a stronger sense of social justice.” Read more here. (Subscription may be required off-campus.)

Chronicle: Racism and Tenure Protections

Amy Wax. Image from IHE post.

“Should tenure protect racists?

“Amy Wax is an expert on social-welfare policy and racial provocation. The University of Pennsylvania law professor reportedly said at a recent conference that America “will be better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites.”

“A petition calling for her to be fired from Penn has attracted more than 50,000 signatures. The university has barred her from teaching mandatory first-year courses. She presents a difficult test of academic freedom and its limitations, right? Not really, argues Musa al-Gharbi, in The Chronicle Review. To explain why, he points to the past. The movement to establish and strengthen tenure was a response, at least in part, to the firing of a eugenics-spouting, xenophobic Stanford professor in 1900. Many of those troubled by the firing personally rejected — and even publicly repudiated — such views. Understanding why professors nonetheless rallied in support of academic freedom, says al-Gharbi, should inform how we think about the Wax controversy today.” Read more here. Subscription required for off-campus reading. See also this IHE post.

Socioeconomic Inequity in College Admissions

A building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the campuses recently caught up in a student aid scandal.CreditCreditNathan Weber for The New York Times

From The Chronicle: “[T]he college-application process is the last phase of an unequal education system that begins when students start school.” Read more here. (Subscription required for off-campus reading.) Also, read the recent NYT article on the recent admissions scandals.