Diverse Mathematicians Win Awards

Bonnie Berger

Numerous awards have been announced recently with many diverse awardees, including the following (taken in part from AWM e-communication):

Congratulations to these notable mathematicians!

A Message From a Black Mother

From the AMS Math Mamas blog: I am a Black mother of two Black children…. it doesn’t matter how much education we’ve acquired or what titles we hold or where we live. My son could be asphyxiated without cause by a police’s knee in his neck. My daughter could be shot by police in her own home.

Read more, including a list of some causes to support, at the link.

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus

“Smoke billowing over Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1921 race riots,” now commonly referred to as a massacre.
 Library of Congress

From Clemson OTEI: “How can we help students understand George Floyd’s death in the context of institutionalized racism?” This resource provides links to articles published over the past five years by JSTOR Daily to help provide context for discussions both inside and outside the classroom around racism, Institutionalized racism, and recent events in America.

Teaching Using Living Proof

From the AMS: Since Living Proof: Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey was released by the AMS and MAA last summer, we’ve heard from colleagues all over the country that they are using the book in their courses. By using the book, faculty members aim to achieve a variety of goals…. And some professors aim to highlight the unequal treatment of mathematicians from different backgrounds in order to encourage our students to help us create a more just and equitable math community. Whatever the goals of a professor may be, Living Proof has provided another tool to help them achieve these goals. So, in which classes have our colleagues used the book, exactly how have they incorporated the book into their classes, and what has the response from students been? To find out, we’ve gathered information from seven faculty members. Read more at the link above, also at our previous Living Proof posts here and here.


Noether Lecture Cancelled over Connections to Policing

From the AWM: “The Association for Women in Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, and Andrea Bertozzi, announce the cancellation of her Noether Lecture at the 2021 JMM. This decision comes as many of this nation rise up in protest over racial discrimination and brutality by police.”

Bertozzi has been criticized for her work on predictive policing. The AWM apologized for its “insensitivity in the timing of the announcement” of Prof. Bertozzi’s lectureship.

Malabika Pramanik Appointed BIRS Director

From the Banff International Research Station: Following an extensive international search, the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) is proud to announce Professor Malabika Pramanik as the next Director of the Station commencing on July 1, 2020. Prof. Pramanik received her Masters degrees in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, and her PhD in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001. Before joining UBC in 2006, Dr. Pramanik held positions at the University of Wisconsin, University of Rochester and California Institute of Technology. A mathematical analyst, her research interests cover Euclidean harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, partial differential equations and several complex variables. She is the recipient of two UBC Killam awards one for research and another for teaching, the Ruth E. Michler Memorial Prize, the Canadian Mathematical Society Krieger-Nelson Prize, a 2018 Wall scholarship, and a 2019 Simons fellowship. Dr. Pramanik is actively involved in initiatives that promote diversity and inclusivity in STEM fields, especially through her role as Vice-President for the Pacific region of the CMS and as a co-organizer of programs such as the PIMS Diversity in Mathematics Summer School. Read more at the links above.

Clemson Dialog on Race Wed Jun 17

Wanda Johnson-Stokes, dialog moderator

From the Clemson NewsStand: The Clemson University Division of Inclusion and Equity is partnering with Clemson Libraries and the Office of Human Resources to present a special event for faculty, staff and students in response to the recent unrest across America.

Watch the three-part documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion,” then participate in the community dialog Wednesday, June 17, 10:00AM-12:00noon. We hope to see you there.

Calhoun’s Name Removed from Clemson Honors College

From the Greenville News: The Clemson University Board of Trustees has voted to remove John C. Calhoun’s name from the Honors College and has requested the state Legislature to empower the school to rename Tillman Hall to its original name, Old Main. Read more about this historic change at the link.

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Recent Anti-Racism Statements in Math/Stat and at Clemson

Numerous groups have posted anti-racism statements in response to recent murders of black people by police and racists. We’re working to collect some here that come from math/stat groups and from Clemson groups. We will update the list as we find more statements to add.

Math/Stat groups

Clemson groups