NYT: Ibram X. Kendi on Antiracism

Image of Ibram X. Kendi by Emma Howells for The New York Times

Chronicle summary of NTY article:

“Ibram X. Kendi’s career took off when he won a 2016 National Book Award for Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. At the time, he was one of the youngest authors to win the honor for nonfiction writing.

“Since then, the American University professor has become one of the academy’s leading voices on antiracist ideas. And his new book, How to Be an Antiracist, looks inward. As Jennifer Schuessler writes in a new profile for The New York Times, Kendi’s new book “directs some of its most unstinting criticism at the author himself, and what he sees as his own racist ideas.”

“What explains Kendi’s unsparing look at his own past? His belief that there’s no such thing as “not racist” policies. Just racist and antiracist ones. Read more.”

IHE: Former Nassar Dear Sentenced

Inside Higher Ed post with links: “A former Michigan State University dean who supervised Larry Nassar has been sentenced to a jail term of a year, the Lansing State Journal reported. William Strampel was dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, a role in which he oversaw the work of the former team doctor found guilty last year of serial sexual abuse. A jury found Strampel guilty in June of willful neglect of duty and misconduct in office.”

Women Mathematicians Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Jennifer Tour Chayes
Karen Smith
Bryna Kra

From the AWM: “On April 30th, the National Academy of Sciences elected 100 new members and 25 foreign associates. Forty percent of the newly elected members are women, the most elected in a single year. The new members include AWM-AMS Noether Lecturers Karen Smith (2016) and Bryna Kra (2019) and former member of the AWM Board of Advisors Jennifer Tour Chayes. Congratulations to all of the new members.”

SIAM Joins Consortium on Sexual Harassment

“SIAM is among the 100 foundational member societies of a new Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine), which is meant to encourage and support ethical and professional conduct across the aforementioned fields.” Read more here and read about the AMS and ASA participation here.

Alan Turing

Image courtesy of Bank of England and BBC News

Alan Turing is in the news for two reasons.

First, he will be featured on England’s 50-pound note, as the AMS reports here. Second, an obituary of Turing was recently published by the NY Times as part of their Overlooked No More series. Turing was famous for many mathematical contributions, but died a criminal (allegedly, by suicide) because of his homosexuality.

MSRI SWiM 2020

Images courtesy of MSRI

“The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute invites applications for its 2020 Summer Research for Women in Mathematics (SWiM) program. The purpose of this program is to provide space and funds to groups of women mathematicians to work on a research project at MSRI. Research projects can arise from work initiated at a Women’s Conference, or can be freestanding activities. The ultimate goal of this program is to support mathematical research by assisting women’s efforts to maintain involvement in a research community and to have a positive impact on these researcher’s careers.” Read more about the program and application process here.