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CAARMS 21 Speakers:

John Belcher 
West Ocala Roots and STEM Initiative (WORASI)

John Belcher co-leads the West Ocala Roots and STEM Initiative (WORASI), an effort which seeks to build the STEM capacity of the predominately African American West Ocala community in Ocala, FL. Belcher holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an MA in Mathematics from Boston University.


Terrence Blackman
University of Denver, Education Research, Policy and Practice

Terrence Richard Blackman graduated with honors in mathematics from Brooklyn College and he holds M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees, in mathematics, from The Graduate School of City University of New York. Dr. Blackman is also actively engaged in research on “Access & Excellence” in the teaching and learning of mathematics in the African American community.


Melvin R. Currie
National Security Agency (Retired)

Dr. Currie is the inaugural recipient of NSA’s Crypto-Mathematics Institute's Leadership Award, which was presented to him on the occasion of the organization's fiftieth anniversary in June 2007. The award cited his leadership in promoting research in quantum computing algorithms and his contributions to the Mathematics Hiring Process. He was elevated to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) in June, 2008 and was President of the Crypto-Mathematics Institute in 2012.

Dr. Currie and his wife have an adult daughter and live in a 200-year-old rubble-stone house in Baltimore.

Naiomi Cameron
Lewis & Clark College

Naiomi Cameron was born in Washington, DC and raised in Providence, RI. She received her BS (1995) and PhD (2002) in mathematics from Howard University. Her research interests fall into areas of enumerative and algebraic combinatorics and number theory, including the theory of the Riordan group, lattice path enumeration, combinatorial identities, permutation patterns and statistics, and the theory of dessins.

Edinah K. Gnang
Purdue University

Edinah Gnang obtained his BS degree in mathematics and physics in 2005 from the University of Montreal. He graduated with a PhD in computer science from Rutgers University in 2013. Edinah is now a Golomb visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Purdue University. His research interests lie at the intersection of multilinear algebra, combinatorics and computational complexity.

Raquel L. Hill
Indiana University
Raquel Hill is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. Her primary research interests are in the areas of trust and security of distributed computing environments and data privacy with a specific interest in privacy protection mechanisms for medical-related datasets.  She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Kai A. James
Columbia University

Kai James is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to this, he earned his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2012. . In August, 2015 Dr. James will be joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor in Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Samory Kpotufe
Princeton University

Samory Kpotufe is an Assistant Professor at ORFE, Princeton University. In the recent past he was an Assistant Research Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute Chicago. He obtained his PhD (Sept 2010) in Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego, advised by Sanjoy Dasgupta.

His research interests lie at the intersection of Machine Learning and more traditional areas of Statistics such as Nonparametric and High-Dimensional Statistics..

Jelani Nelson
Harvard University

Jelani Nelson grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He obtained his S.B. degrees (2005) in mathematics and computer science, an M.Eng. (2006) in computer science, and a Ph.D. (2011) in computer science, all from MIT. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, an ONR Young Investigator Award, and a Google Faculty Research Award. His research interests revolve in the theoretical foundations of big data analysis, with specific focus on streaming, sketching, dimensionality reduction, large-scale linear algebra, and compressed sensing.

Idris Stovall
The Franklin Institute and the University of Pennsylvania

Idris Stovall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in mathematics from Hampton University and his PhD in computational methods for solving differential equations from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.  Most recently, he has served as mathematician and director of Youth Programs at The Franklin Institute, a premier science center working with motivated youth across the city of Philadelphia.

Wilton L. Virgo
Texas A&M and Harvard University

Wilton L. Virgo graduated from Princeton University with an AB degree in chemistry in 2000. In 2005, he received his PhD in chemistry from Arizona State University for his state-of-the-art laser research on molecular catalysts in electric and magnetic fields. His book, “Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life”, takes graduate and advanced undergraduate students through the basic mathematical principles of quantum mechanics, and explains quantum as the basis for modern technology that we use every day.

Bobby Wilson
University of Chicago

Bobby Wilson was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Morehouse College in 2010. He is receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Chicago in June. His research interests include classical harmonic analysis, dispersive PDEs, and geometric measure theory.

Michael Young
Iowa State University

Michael Young is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University. He obtained his PhD in mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. His primary research interests are in discrete mathematics, including graph theory, combinatorics and combinatorial matrix theory.