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New York City Math Sciences Alliance Holds Organizational Meeting

May 19, 2017 | Events

The initial meeting of the NYC Math Sciences Alliance was held May 13, 2017 at City College.  The NYC Math Sciences Alliance is a new regional alliance that is working with the National Math Alliance to increase the number of PhDs in Mathematical Sciences that are awarded to students from traditionally underrepresented minorities. The one-day meeting facilitated faculty involvement in the new regional alliance and was attended by approximately 60 participants, including local faculty, representatives of the National Alliance, representatives of industry, and a member of the Mayor’s Office. William Vélez, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona, delivered the keynote address, and there were several other presentations on aspects of the National Alliance, and other regional alliances. Maria Sanchez-Muniz, a student from City College, gave lunchtime remarks on the impact of the Alliance on her academic career.  The afternoon was spent in breakout sessions designed to organize various aspects of the new regional alliance.  The NYC Math Sciences Alliance is planning to hold its first full-fledged conference in Summer 2018. Brooke Feigon, of City College, was the chief organizer of the event, with help from Terrence Blackman of Medgar Evers, Louis Beaugris of Kean University, Phil Kutzko (CCNY ’67) of the University of Iowa and David Goldberg of Purdue. The organizational meeting was supported by the Sloan Foundation, the CCNY Division of Science and Department of Math, and the CUNY Office of Research.