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Community Achievements

Dr. Tatiana Toro receives the 2020 Blackwell-Tapia Prize

Congratulations to Professor Tatiana Toro at the University of Washington for receiving the 2020 Blackwell-Tapia Prize!

The Blackwell-Tapia Prize recognizes “excellence in research among people who have promoted diversity within the mathematical and statistical sciences.” It is awarded every two years at the Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Award Ceremony.

Dr. Cristina Villalobos receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

We are proud to congratulate Dr. Cristina Villalobos on being awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)!

This award recognizes the critical role mentors play outside the traditional classroom setting in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce. She was one of 12 awardees and three organizations to be given the prestigious distinction. Villalobos, a first-generation college graduate, is currently a Professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University, after receiving her B.S. in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes is named the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Executive Director. 

We are proud to congratulate Dr. Suzanne L. Weekes on her new role as Executive Director of SIAM! Weekes is currently an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, ad interim, and Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She received her B.S. in Mathematics from Indiana University, a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan, and did her post-doctoral work at Texas A&M University. She shares for SIAM News: “In this pandemic era, we are relying on scientists to help us understand, analyze, and solve critical problems – to make us healthy and keep us safe. Research coming out of the SIAM community reflects the best of modern science and technology. We need to make sure that the public and policymakers understand the importance and impact of what applied mathematicians and computational scientists do.” Read more.