News

In recent years, some articles have featured my research, outreach efforts, and personal story. Over the years, I've become fascinated with the world of Science Communication.

Building a Career with Purpose

Building an authentic career can add meaning and purpose to your life. In this talk, I shared my path towards actively creating a career that aligns with my values with the Math SWAGGER family.


STEAM at Work 4 Kids is a website for all kinds of kids to meet all kinds of people who work in all kinds of STEAM fields. Their goal is to inspire kids to dream big and see themselves working in science. I got interviewed by Sharon Sivinski about disease modeling.

I had the honor to be interviewed by Padi Fuster and Selvi Kara, co-founders, of "MEET a Mathematician!". Their mission is to introduce students from underrepresented groups to role models through their interview video series. Follow them on Instagram at @meet_a_mathematician and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Last March, my undergraduate alma mater, the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedra featured my profile and highlighted some of my projects.

Students Aniket Gargya and Catherine Guo present their research on visualizing mathematics.

The Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) in the Department of Mathematics partnered with University Laboratory High School (Uni High) to provide research projects for some of the school’s students.

Lathisms Podcast - Interview

I was extremely honored to be featured in the Lathisms (Latinos and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences) calendar and to be interviewed in their podcast series. You can listen to the podcast in the video to the left.

This work was done in conjunction with both our advisors Dr. Zoi Rapti and Dr. Carla Cáceres. I was amazed that a biological assumption was overturned with new data! To explore the implications of this discovery, we used a differential equations model to study how the immune responses (clearance) and physiological barriers (resistance) impact the disease dynamics of our system.

Back in 2017, in collaboration with the I-STEM initiative, I designed a one-day course to showcase to 30 Illinois high-school students the power of mathematics in modeling disease spread. This was so fun! Using the game VAX, students were given a limited number of vaccines and applied them to a network (breaking a link from one person to another) to try to stop a disease from spreading.

Writing Contributons

Mathematicians tour the mathematical blogosphere. Alongside Rachel Crowell, I am a co-editor of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Blog on Math Blogs — those connected with media and independent — on topics related to mathematics research, applied mathematics, mathematicians, math in the news, mathematics education, math, and the arts and more.

Writing Contributions

I’ve written several posts offering my own (and shared) reflections on how to build a more inclusive environment that encourages and promotes diversity and the importance of community. You can read more here:

Also, I was very excited to be featured in the AMS Next Generation of Mathematics poster, in which I share the best piece of advice I received in graduate school.

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SciComm

Science communication is the public communication of science and mathematics-related topics to non-experts.

While this has become its own field, I believe it is a necessary stepping stone towards making mathematics accessible to all!

Resources:

1. AMS Communicating Mathematics in the Media: A Guide

2. MAA Audience Awareness

3. MAA Mathematical Communication

4. Steven Strogatz, "Writing about Math for the Perplexed and the Traumatized"

Follow math communicators on social media! Some examples on Twitter include Tai-Danae Bradley (@math3ma), Dr. Eugenia Cheng (@DrEugeniaCheng), Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz), Rylee Alanza Lyman (@ryleealanza), and many more.

on my bookshelf

I love reading books about STEM (aimed at the general audience) and those addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion by diverse authors.

Below you will find some of my favorite books and a few that are in my tbr (to be read) list. If you have recommendations, let me know!

READ

  • The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

  • I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall-Kimmerer

  • Lab Girl by Hope Jansen

  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

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TO BE READ

  • Power in Numbers by Talithia Williams

  • Mathematics of Human Flourishing by Francis Su

  • Calling Bullshit by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West

  • x + y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender by Eugenia Cheng

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