Department and Alumni News
"In my case, I loved STEM subjects so much that I took every available math, science or programming course my school offered. I even took a geography class remotely and tested out of typing and home economics so that I could have more room in my schedule for math and science. But I still didn’t think a STEM career was for people like me. Fortunately, on the week of my graduation, one of my teachers, Terri Estes, encouraged me to consider attending Texas Woman’s University, as they had a brand-new special program designed to create more women engineers. The rest is history," said TWU B.S. in computer science alumna Meagan Pollock, Ph.D.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Texas Woman’s University a five-year, $999,794 grant to support scholarships and projects aimed at increasing the number of students and graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Texas Woman’s University will rename its math tutoring center in honor of retiring TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science professor and chair, Don Edwards, Ph.D. The “Dr. Don Edwards Mathematics & Technology Success Center” dedication ceremony will take place during a retirement reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 23 on the third floor of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building.
Some of the biggest questions facing educators today revolve around how best to close the gender gap in STEAM education. On Monday, April 8, Intelitek will host a webinar in which attendees will be able to ask about everything they wanted to know regarding this and related topics. They will receive answers and ideas from special guest Meagan Pollock, Ph.D., the executive director of Design Connect Create, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women to be successful in STEM courses. Before serving as the executive director of Design Connect Create, Pollock was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Pollock earned her bachelor's degree in computer science at TWU. Visit meaganpollock.com to learn more.
She graduated first in her class at Lake Worth High School and had a penchant for math, so it seemed like a good bet that Adriana Blanco (B.S. '14) would earn a degree in that discipline at Texas Woman’s University and then teach.
But while she was studying math, she learned about a dual-degree program between TWU and the University of North Texas that could put her on a path to a career in engineering. And it was through a mentor at TWU that she made a connection to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island, which provided her with a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Anngienetta Johnson’s, D.Sc., (B.A. '71) love for math started with a simple grade school feeling of being good at it. While studying mathematics at Texas Woman’s, Johnson suddenly found herself nominated by the head of the department for a co-op program with NASA. Little did she know this opportunity would lead to a lifelong career with NASA.
“When I look at my life, everything I’ve done, everything I’ve accomplished, leads back to that opportunity,” says Johnson. “I co-oped every other semester with NASA, taking classes on alternating semesters.”
Associate professor Jian Zhang co-chairs program at world's leading computer science education symposium
Associate professor Jian Zhang, Ph.D., is co-chairing the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education's (SIGCSE) 50th annual Technical Symposium program in Minneapolis, MN, from February 27 to March 2, 2019. SIGCSE is the largest computing education conference in the world, and will attract more than 1,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in improving computing education in grades K-12, two-year colleges, and higher education settings.
Whether it’s pursuits in business, technology, magazine publishing or philanthropy, Texas Woman’s University alumna Lumbie Mlambo’s approach reveals two things: relentless passion and a philosophy of “equanimity,” or balance and composure in the face of adversity.
2018 Scholarship Awardees
Congratulations to the following students for your outstanding academic achievements:
- Harlan C. Miller Endowed Memorial Scholarship - Linh (Krystal) Nguyen
- Dr. Ben Goldbeck Endowed Scholarship - Miriam Bautista
- Maurine Faulkner Endowed Scholarship - Kahlan Edwards
- Maurine Faulkner Endowed Scholarship - Emily Elizondo
- Kappa Mu Epsilon Scholarship - Jessie Ross
- Dr. Don E. Edwards Endowed Scholarship - Cassandra Grizer
- Rose Marie Smith Endowed Scholarship - Natashia Crutcher
- Outstanding Graduate Student - Alwin Bethel
- Outstanding Computer Science Student - Lisa Cifuentes
Learn more about TWU's mathematics and computer science scholarship opportunities here.
TWU alumna Kayla Weaver has been named UTEP’s assistant women’s basketball coach. Weaver joins the Miners after most-recently guiding San Jacinto College (Houston, Texas,) to a 25-11 record and the Region XIV Tournament Championship. The squad established program records for wins while also securing the initial NJCAA National Tournament victory in the team’s final season of play. Three of her players were selected to the All-Region Team and she was voted as the NJCAA District L Coach of the Year. She earned both her bachelor's (Math ’11) and master's (Kinesiology ’16) degrees at Texas Woman's University.
Graduate student's paper accepted by American Mathematical Society
A research paper co-authored by TWU mathematics graduate student Leila Mirsaleh Kohan and professor Ellina Grigorieva, Ph.D., has been accepted for a 30-minute oral presentation at the Joint Mathematics Meetings AMS Special Session, which will take place January 10-13, 2018, in San Diego.
The paper, titled "Modeling and Control of the Development of Autoimmune Disorder," employs mathematical simulations of autoimmune process dynamics under chronic irradiation to investigate the effects of radiation on the immune system's normal ability to fight diseases. By utilizing the MAPLE program, Kohan and Grigorieva illustrate that autoimmune processes could be accelerated by low dose rate in long chronic irradiation. Their model also can be expanded to simulate the dynamic of autoimmunity in mammals exposed to radiation. Read more >>
Prior to pursuing a career in educational leadership, Lori Rapp, Ph.D., received her master of science degree in mathematics from Texas Woman’s University. Rapp first joined the Lewisville Independent School District in 1996 as a secondary mathematics teacher, and earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from Dallas Baptist University. In addition to her duties as the head of Learning and Teaching at LISD, she will provide oversight for Employee Services and Schools and Student Activities. Read more >>
TWU alumna Megan Gabriel named as finalist for national award
Megan Gabriel is one of five state finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2017 awards recognize seventh through twelfth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. PAEMST is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the US. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 2007 and her master of science in math teaching degree from TWU in 2012. She teaches pre-AP and dual credit pre-calculus at Denton High School in the Denton Independent School District and is an adjunct instructor for the TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. She is also an instructor in the TWU Dual Credit program.
Last year, Valeria Perez graduated from TWU with a bachelor of science in mathematics and a certification to teach math in grades 7-12. She now teaches algebra 2 and geometry at the "nation's best high school," and was recently featured in an article by Dallas News. Congratulations, Valeria!
Interested in earning a degree in mathematics with teacher certification? Visit our undergraduate programs page to learn more.
Retired NASA administrator Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson is the second recipient of the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 1971. She is being honored for her significant contributions to NASA, her advocacy for women in science and her volunteer work.
““TWU has a pronounced reputation of producing bold, well-prepared women leaders and receiving this award symbolizes my membership in this elite league.”— Dr. Anngienetta R. Johnson, TWU alumna and recipient of the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award
Harlan Miller Lecture and Awards Dinner
Professor Emeritus Harlan C. Miller, who served as chairman of the department until her retirement in 1966, died in April 1981. The Harlan C. Miller Lecture Series in Mathematics was inaugurated in her honor in the spring of 1982. The Trammell Crow Family Foundation provided initial funding.
Our 2016 speaker was Dr. Alicia Prieto-Langarica, a Mexican Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2012. Her research interests focus on applications of mathematics to biology and the social sciences, especially in upscaling discrete individual based models to population level continuous models. Some of her projects include: infection control on medical implants, mathematical modeling of bone creation and metabolism, sleep and thermoregulation and cell movement in multiscale systems. Download the 2016 Harlan Miller Lecture and Awards Dinner program (.pdf).
Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium
The Student Symposium highlights research and scholarly activities of undergraduate and graduate students across many departments and colleges. In addition to the platform and poster presentations by TWU students, the student symposium features special sessions showcasing student research, the Chancellor's Student Research Scholars, the scholarship of the graduate council awardees, and an external keynote speaker.
Math and Computer Science Major's Luncheon
Every year, all Math and Computer Science majors are invited to the Major's Luncheon with the faculty in the department. Invitations are sent out by email and will include an RSVP date.
Date and time: TBA
Location: MCL, Room 410
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