Pizza Dinner Table Host Assignments

Table # Host Host Biography


Jill Pipher, Brown University
Jill Pipher is Vice President for Research at Brown University and Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics. She was the founding Director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1985, spent five years at the University of Chicago and came to Brown in 1990 as an Associate Professor. Her research interests include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and cryptography. She has published papers in each of these areas of mathematics, co-authored an undergraduate cryptography textbook, and jointly holds four patents related to the NTRU encryption algorithm. She was a co-founder of Ntru Cryptosystems, Inc, now part of Security Innovation, Inc. She has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. She served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2011-2013, and was a National Women’s History Month 2013 Honoree. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Irena Swanson, Reed College
My research area is commutative and computational algebra with special interest in integral closure, primary decompositions, numerical semigroups. I am also interested in perspective (= projective geometry in two dimensions) , tessellations (for quilts) and streamlining repetitive work (I use shell, awk, Macaulay2 scripts, efficient editor vim). I enjoy teaching real analysis.


Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
Alissa S. Crans’ enthusiastic ability to share and communicate mathematics has earned her national recognition by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) with the Hasse Prize for expository writing on mathematics, as well as with an Alder Award for distinguished teaching by a beginning college/university mathematics faculty member. As a professor of mathematics at Loyola Marymount University, Alissa is known for her research in the field of higher-dimensional algebra and her active mentoring and supporting of women, underrepresented students, and junior faculty. She is dedicated to helping students and the general public increase their appreciation and enthusiasm for her discipline. She generates excitement about math in settings that range from the National Math Festival in Washington, DC, the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City, and the MAA Carriage House Distinguished Lecture Series to “Nerd Nite Los Angeles” and K-12 public school classrooms. When not sharing her love of mathematics with others, you can find her rehearsing with the Santa Monica College Wind Ensemble, running or biking along the Venice Beach boardwalk, or on her quest to find the spiciest salsa on the west side of Los Angeles.


Cynthia Flores, California State University, Channel Islands
Currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at California State University Channel Islands, I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Ph.D. in dispersive PDE in 2014. I enjoy teaching ordinary and partial differential equations, and scientific computing. More recently, I've become interested in classification learning. Ask me about managing being a mom, having kids in grad school, belonging to a minority group, growing up in an urban setting, autism, partial differential equations, teaching in college, high school or middle school, numerical analysis, cooking, the beach ...


Mary Hegemann, Wakely Consulting Group
I am an actuary in the healthcare field, and I am one of five owners of Wakely Consulting Group. What should people talk to me about? Math in business, mixing math and people, consulting, staying unbiased when using numbers, communicating what numbers tell us, all those soft skills that go with a corporate job, dreaming big, wearing cornheads, hiking 14'ers.


Christine Klymko, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
I grew up in New York and did my undergraduate work at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Oh, where I received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public. I spent my junior year studying at the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. I received a Masters in Mathematics, a Masters in Computer Science, and my Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Emory University. I live in Oakland, California, with my boyfriend. When not at work, we spend the majority of our time training for and going on climbing and hiking adventures (mostly in California, Nevada, and Utah but occasionally in more far-flung locations). I also scuba dive and am slowly trying to learn to surf. When sitting still, I am often knitting.


Anisah Nu'Man, Ursinus College
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Ursinus College, located in Collegeville, PA. I'm originally from Atlanta, GA, where I did my undergraduate work at Spelman College. After undergrad, I moved to Lincoln, NE, where I obtained my Ph.D. in Mathematics. My research interests are in Geometric Group Theory. Immediately after graduate school I completed a postdoc Trinity College in Hartford, CT. I am excited to be speaking at NCUWM this year, and if you have the time to visit with me, I'll be hosting a pizza table, speaking in a few breakout sessions, and on the Careers panel.


Emily Price, Google VR
I'm a Product Manager on the Google VR team, where I work on our 3D-360 video capture tech. Before that, I was at Microsoft on the Xbox Live team, where I worked on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. I finished my BS in Mathematics at the University of Washington in 2005, and my MS in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. I like to think I'm proof you can have a tech career with a math degree and that I'll be your "one friend in industry." You should talk to me if you want to know about the tech industry, about VR & AR, VR filmmaking, about computer vision, about games & gaming, about UNL, about Seattle, or about knitting sweaters for dogs.


Molly Stubblefield, Epic
I earned my B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Communications from Western Oregon University, and my M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. As an undergrad, I participated in Texas A&M’s Pre-REU, the MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP), and Budapest Semesters in Math. I am currently working as a Technical Problem Solver at Epic, an industry leader in healthcare software, where I help solve critical problems in the world of healthcare. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, taking pottery classes, and traveling. Come chat with me if you’re interested in Budapest Semesters in Math, healthcare IT, chasing the thrill of the ‘a ha’ moment while positively impacting patient lives, travel, and pushing through failed attempts at throwing pots.


Catherine Paolucci, National Science Foundation
I am a joint faculty member in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Teaching and Learning at SUNY New Paltz. My research is primarily in teachers' development of mathematical knowledge and promoting equity in mathematics education at all levels. I am currently serving as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in the National Science Foundation, where I have a joint position between the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) and the Division of Graduate Education (DGE). Ask me about how you can apply for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program!


Elizabeth Russell, Department of Defense
Dr. Elizabeth Russell earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with minors in physics and English from Hofstra University. Liz studied under Bob Devaney while earning her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University. She is a recent winner of the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award from the Mathematics Association of America. Liz has held a number of positions, including work with the federal government and in academia, at both the United States Military Academy and Western New England University.


Maggy Tomova, University of Iowa
I completed my Ph.D. in Topology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After postdoc positions at Rice and the University of Iowa, I was hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa in 2008. Last semester I began my term as chair of the Department of Mathematics. My wife and I have a 9-year-old daughter and are very involved in animal rescue. Aside from math, I spend a lot of time thinking about the ways our current educational system exacerbates inequality and what to do about that.


Tara Fife, Louisiana State University
NCUWM invited graduate student Tara Fife graduated in 2014 from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Applied Mathematics. She is currently in her fourth year in the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at LSU. She is studying matroid theory with James Oxley. In her free time, she likes cooking, playing board games, and reading. Her favorite thing to do is play with her 15 nieces and nephews.


Samantha Hill, University of Utah
NCUWM invited graduate student Samantha Hill is a fourth-year graduate student studying mathematical ecology under Dr. Fred Adler at the University of Utah. She graduated from Pomona College in 2014 with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in dance. When not doing grad-school related work, she can be found taking contemporary dance, tap dance, and aerial arts classes.


Su Ji Hong, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NCUWM invited graduate student Su Ji Hong is a third-year student studying cluster algebras with emphasis on combinatorics under Dr. Tri Lai and Dr. Kyungyong Lee. She graduated from California Lutheran University in 2015 with a double major in mathematics and physics. Su Ji has an M.S. in mathematics from UNL. She enjoys indoor rock climbing, crocheting and trying new food (or eating in general).


Casey Necheles, Syracuse University
NCUWM invited graduate student Casey Necheles is currently a fifth-year graduate student at Syracuse University studying Algebraic Topology and Knot Theory under Professors Stephan Wehrli and Claudia Miller. She earned her BS in Mathematics from Stony Brook University in 2008. Outside of class, she enjoys music and gatherings with friends.


Kristen Savary, Clemson University
I am a first-year graduate student at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, and an NCUWM invited graduate student. I received my B.S. in mathematics from Clemson with a minor in computer science. I am currently interested in algebra, specifically algebra applications such as Cryptography and Coding Theory. Besides mathematics, I enjoy playing and watching sports (especially soccer), watching movies, and baking desserts. I was born and raised in Iowa, but now that I go to school in South Carolina, I am loving the Southern winters!


Charlotte Ure, Michigan State University
NCUWM invited graduate student Charlotte Ure is a fifth-year graduate student at Michigan State University studying Algebraic Geometry and Noncommutative Algebra under Dr. Rajesh Kulkarni. She received a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.


Lorraine Males, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Males is an assistant professor of mathematics education with a focus on middle and high school mathematics teacher education. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics education at Michigan State University. Before graduate school she was a middle and high school teacher in NY, HI, MA, and NJ. Dr. Males' research interests include mathematics teachers' learning at the early stages of their career (preservice and induction periods), particularity how teachers learn to use written curriculum materials. She is the PI or Co-PI of numerous externally funded grants totalling over $5 million, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award (#1651836) focused on understanding and developing the curricular noticing practices of secondary mathematics prespective teachers so that they may productively engage all students in learning mathematics. This project involves observing and analyzing the planning and enactment of mathematics lessons using eye-tracking and qualitative methodologies.


Amanda Thomas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Amanda Thomas is in her third year at UNL as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. She received her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Missouri–Columbia mathematics education doctoral program. Her research focuses on teachers’ use of mobile technology in elementary mathematics classrooms. She is also interested more broadly in STEM education and supporting teachers in innovative STEM integration within their classrooms.


Aimee Kessell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Aimee Kessell obtained both her B.S. in Biotechnology, and M.S. in Mathematics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, before deciding to continue with a doctoral degree in Complex Biosystems at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She’s currently in her first year in this interdisciplinary program, and enjoys that she’s able to bring her love for Biology and Mathematics together, working on a mathematical model of the Immune System. When she’s not doing research, Aimee enjoys dancing, tennis, and a good cup of tea.


Kimberly Stanke, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kimberly Stanke is a third-year graduate student in Complex Biosystems, an innovative new Ph.D. program that seeks to bridge the gap between between biological and computational approaches to improving human health. She is studying under Dr. Srivatsan Kidambi in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a dissertation topic on modeling metabolic changes in the human brain in response to external stressors. Her bachelor's degree is in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. Kimberly has a history of mentoring and advocating for women and individuals with mental disabilities in STEM fields.


Carrie Brown, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Carrie Brown is the Outreach and Training Specialist for the Holland Computing Center (HCC), the high-performance computing core for the University of Nebraska, and a first-year master's student in the department of Statistics. After receiving her B.A. from Wayne State College in chemical sciences with minors in mathematics and biology, she spent two years studying graduate mathematics and bioinformatics at the University of South Dakota and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests involve the application of machine learning and data mining in biological data, particularly within the realm of microbial ecology. In addition to organizing and facilitating workshops, Carrie works to introduce researchers to data analysis methods and assist them with integrating Big Data into their research. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, fiber arts and biking.


Alex Zupan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Alex Zupan is in his third year on the NCUWM Organizing Committee. His research is in geometry and topology. In particular, he studies 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds and the theory of knots in these dimensions. Before arriving at UNL, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and held an NSF Postdoc position at the University of Texas at Austin. He has supervised undergraduate research projects at both UNL and UT.


Roger and Sylvia Wiegand, Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Roger and Sylvia Wiegand joined the UNL Mathematics Department faculty in 1972. They are currently emeriti (retired) faculty. Both are Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). For 17 years Sylvia was the only female professor in the Department. She remains active in research in commutative algebra and in activities to promote mathematics and to encourage women in mathematics. She is writing a book “Integral Domains Inside Noetherian Power Series Rings: Constructions and Examples”. Sylvia was President of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) from 1997 to 1999, and she has served on the Council and various committees of the AMS, as well as several committees for the MAA and AWM, and she continues to do so. Sylvia’s grandmother Grace Chisholm Young was the first woman in Germany (in 1895) to receive a Ph.D. in any field; her father Laurence Chisholm Young and several other relatives are/were also mathematicians. Roger Wiegand, who served as Department Graduate Chair for many years, is currently engaged in several commutative algebra research projects with faculty at UNL, Hamilton College, University of Virginia, University of Utah, Florida Atlantic University, Charles University (Prague), UAB Barcelona, and Golpayegan University (Iran). He is on the editorial boards of several mathematical journals, including Journal of Commutative Algebra and Journal of Algebra and Its Applications. Roger and Sylvia travel widely, and wherever they go they engage in their favorite non-mathematical pastimes: mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing (Roger), and long-distance running (Sylvia, who has run about 250 marathons). Their most recent international travels have taken them to France, Italy, Brazil, and Nepal; in February they will visit Barcelona, Graz, Prague, and Budapest. In April 2015, a massive earthquake devastated Nepal while Sylvia and Roger were there to trek in the Himalayas and to organize and participate in a commutative algebra workshop and conference. The earthquake struck on the last day of the conference; the students then took care of the teachers in the aftermath of the earthquake. The earthquake experience led to “15 minutes of fame” for Roger and Sylvia and was covered in the Lincoln paper and on TV.


Jessica De Silva, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jessica De Silva is a fifth-year graduate student at UNL studying graph theory and combinatorics under Dr. Jamie Radcliffe. As an undergraduate at California State University, Stanislaus, Jessica participated in many programs including the McNair Scholars Program, the MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP), and the Institute for Advanced Study Women and Mathematics Program. If you stop by her table, she would love to tell you more about these and other programs you may be interested in.


Jessalyn Bolkema, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jessalyn Bolkema is in her sixth year of graduate studies at UNL and preparing to graduate in the coming months. Her research interests include coding theory (the mathematics of reliable communication), cryptography, combinatorics, and algebra. She is an alumna of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she studied mathematics, education, and French. Her not-strictly-mathematical interests include running, crafting, hanging around in airports, and nurturing a growing collection of houseplants.


Katharine Shultis, Gonzaga University
Dr. Katharine Shultis earned her Ph.D. from UNL in 2015 where she studied commutative algebra with Dr. Srikanth Iyengar and Dr. Roger Wiegand. She is now in her third year as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where she enjoys teaching a variety of classes and working on research with students – the current student project is focused on geometry and optimization. Katharine also holds an M.A. from UC San Diego and a B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. As an undergraduate, Katharine majored in both mathematics and chemistry, studied abroad in Budapest, did an REU in number theory at Mount Holyoke College, and published her chemistry research on DNA dynamics. In her spare time, Katharine enjoys athletic pursuits, is a former competitive gymnast and springboard diver, and recently picked up rowing for her third athletic career.


Hangjie Ji, UCLA
Dr. Hangjie Ji is a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2017. Her research is in the area of computational partial differential equations and fluid dynamics, more specifically, the nonlinear diffusion processes in thin films. She was an academic mentor in Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) at IPAM in summer 2017.


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