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UCLA to Host Math Conference for African Americans June 21-24


Few African Americans pursue careers in mathematics. UCLA isencouraging those who do, and those who are thinking about careers in math,through the 11th Annual Conference for African American Researchers in theMathematical Sciences.

The conference, sponsored byUCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), will be held June21–24 in UCLA's IPAM Building (near the corners of Hilgardand Westholme avenues).

"Less than 2 percent of students earning Ph.D.s in themathematical sciences were African American over a recent 10-year period," saidMark Green, director of the institute and UCLA professor of mathematics. "Since1995, this conference hasprovided an annual forum for African American mathematicians to discuss theirwork and to encourage more African American students to pursue doctoral degreesand careers in mathematics. We try to help these scholars to get support and tosucceed in careers in mathematics."

The speakersare primarily African American mathematicians, and many of the people whoattend the conference are young African American mathematicians and studentswho excel in mathematics.

Theconference is organized by William Massey, who holds a prestigious endowedchair at Princeton University as the Edwin S. Wiley Professor. Massey served onthe institute's board of trustees for four years.

The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics is federallyfunded by the National Science Foundation to strengthen the ties betweenmathematics and the other sciences, including medicine, the biomedical sciencesand engineering. The institute hosts conferences, seminars, tutorials andworkshops, and awards fellowships. Many of the attendees at this conferencealso participate in IPAM workshops and other programs at the institute.

The institute is helping to train a new generation ofinterdisciplinary mathematicians and scientists, Green said.

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