NAM Logo NAM Granville-Browne-Haynes Session of Presentations by Recent Doctoral Recipients in the Mathematical Sciences

Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, Maryland, January 17, 2003.


On January 17, 2003, the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) hosted the Granville-Browne-Haynes session of presentations by recent doctoral recipients in the mathematical sciences at the Joint Mathematics Meetings held this year in Baltimore, Maryland. These presentations serve as a forum to showcase the achievements of new African American researchers in the mathematical sciences. The event was hosted by Prof. Wiliam A. Massey of Princeton University.

Complete slides (in PDF or Powerpoint format) for a given talk can be obtained by clicking its hyperlinked presentation title. All questions about this webpage should be sent to wmassey@princeton.edu .

Naiomi Cameron
Harvey Mudd College
Random Walks, Trees and Extensions of Riordan Group Techniques

Dr. Cameron was born in Washington, DC and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. As an undergraduate, she attended Howard University in Washington, DC and earned a BS in mathematics in 1995. After starting her graduate career at University of Maryland, College Park, she finished it at Howard University, receiving her PhD in 2002. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor at Harvey Mudd College, but will begin a tenure-track appointment at Occidental College in Los Angeles this fall.

Her general area of interest is enumerative combinatorics. In particular, various kinds of random walks and trees, generalized Catalan numbers and extending combinatorial techniques in the Riordan group.

Nancy Glenn
University of South Carolina
Robust Empirical Likelihood

Dr. Glenn was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She received both her BS degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of South Carolina. She went on to become the first African-American to graduate with a Ph. D. in Statistics from Rice University. Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of South Carolina and is the first African-American to do so.

Monica Jackson
University of Maryland
A Comparison of Estimation Methods for Spatial Data Analysis with Discrete Data on a Lattice

Dr. Jackson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clark Atlanta University. She then received her Ph.D in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation from University of Maryland in 2003. Dr. Jackson recently accepted a post doctoral position at Emory Univerity in the Department of Biostatistics. Her research interests are in the fields of spatial data analysis and time series.

Jean-Michelet Jean-Michel
Brown University
Silnikov Homoclinic Bifurcations in Semiconductor Laser Equations

Dr. Jean-Michel was born in Petit-Goave, Haiti where he received his baccalaureat (high school diploma) in 1985. He then received his B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2002. His research interests are in the fields of differential equations and dynamical systems.

Kimberly Flagg Sellers
Carnegie Mellon University
Using Imprecise Measures to Study Component and System Reliability

Dr. Sellers was born in Washington, DC and raised in the DC-metropolitan area (Silver Spring, Maryland). She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in Mathematics at the University of Maryland College Park as a Benjamin Banneker scholar (Dr. Raymond Johnson, mentor), and University of Maryland corporate scholar. Kimberly received her Ph.D. in Statistics at The George Washington University in May 2001 (under the direction of Nozer D. Singpurwalla), and was among the first recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholars award.

Dr. Sellers is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University as a NSF-VIGRE postdoctoral fellowship recipient, working with Bill Eddy and Steve Fienberg. Her interests include statistical computing, algebraic statistics, and Bayesian theory with applications in reliability, confidentiality and statistical disclosure limitation, and proteomics.

Idris Stovall
University of Pennsylvania
Computational Fluid Dynamics: Turbulent Convection Inside a Hele-Shaw Cell

Dr. Stovall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia and later raised in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, New York. He has an B.A. degree in Mathematics from Hampton University. In acquiring his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusettes at Amherst, he became the first African American to do so from that institution. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics, linear control theory and mathematical finance.

Craig Sutton
University of Pennsylvania
Constructing Simply-Connected Isospectral Manifolds via Sunada's Method

Dr. Sutton was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. He received his BA degree in Mathematics from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.