Dr. Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and pianist based in Chicago. Dr. Cheng is currently the Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is tenured in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is an expert in mathematics who focuses on ending “math-phobia” through innovative teaching methods. Cheng is a popular YouTube personality, producing videos that aim to demonstrate that math can be fun. In 2015, she wrote a book, “How to Bake Pi” that explains mathematics through food. She is also a concert pianist and the founder of Liederstube, a Not For Profit organization in Chicago dedicated to bringing classical music to a wider audience.
Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Areas of Interest: Mathematics, Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Methods, Concert Piano
Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to advance his research interests, which involve applying advanced mathematical principles to the social sciences.
Su has a passion for popularizing mathematics and has co-authored a number of publications with his students. He is the author of the website Math Fun Facts and creator of MathFeed, an app for mathematics-related news updates. In 2013 he was awarded the Haino award for distinguished teaching and in 2001 he received the Hasse prize for expository writing.
Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, Technology, Diversity, Higher Education
Adriana Salerno, Ph.D. is an expert in Mathematics. She is an associate professor of Mathematics at Bates College. Her research concentrates on Number Theory, in particular the intersections of number theory with geometry, physics, and cryptography. She is also the Visiting Mathematician at the Mathematical Association of America’s headquarters in D.C. She is based full time in Lewiston, Maine but will be in Washington, D.C. from September to November 2016.
Mariel Vazquez is a professor of Microbiology, Mathematics, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis. She is an expert on the topology of DNA– how DNA strands are looped and knotted. She uses mathematical tools to understand it’s tangled structure. Vazquez is the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and has served on the Advisory Board at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She has a passion for simplifying the complex nature of DNA to understandable concepts as demonstrated in this video from Numberphile.
Professor of Microbiology, Mathematics, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis.
Trachette L. Jackson, Ph.D. is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her research is in mathematical oncology, where she, together with her collaborators, developed the first cell-based model of tumor-induced angiogenesis. Through this she is able to studying tumor growth and vascular structure at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. In this work she combines mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, and in vivo tumor vascularization experimentation.
Dr.Jackson has the Alfred P. Sloan research Award in Mathematics, the James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Award, and the Blackwell-Tapia Prize.
Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan
Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, Mathematical Modeling, Mathematical Oncology, Cancer Research, Cancer Modeling, Cancer Stem Cells