Terrence Blackman has been appointed as a Member at Large to the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Committee on Science Policy for a term of three years.

Founded in 1888, the AMS aims to further the interests of mathematical research, scholarship and education, serving the national and international community through publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs.

The Committee on Science Policy, one of five AMS policy committees, discusses and acts on questions of policy as it affects the discipline. Committee goals are to:

  1. Serve as a forum for dialogue about matters of science policy involving representatives of the AMS, government and quasi-government officials and other interested parties.
  2. Be responsible for the selection of those elements of AMS meeting programs, such as lectures and panel discussions, which bear directly on such policy questions as are within the purview of the Committee.
  3. Provide occasional advice to the Society on matters of broad scientific policy.
  4. As a committee, and individually upon request, to interact with Federal agencies and policymakers.
  5. Provide occasional advice about ways in which the Society can work favorably with other organizations on matters of science policy.
  6. Conduct periodic reviews and appraisals of Society activities in areas of science policy (i.e., policy forums; the Society’s relations with international societies and the international community; scientific policies promoted by the Society, and strategies used to implement them; and the ways in which the Society collaborates with other organizations on matters of science policy
  7. Prepare an annual report on the Committee’s activities and goals for the AMS Council and for possible publication in the Notices.

Dr. Blackman is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Medgar Evers College CUNY. His AMS committee term is effective February 1, 2017 through January 31, 2020.

READ MORE on Blackman’s longtime engagement with the AMS.





Jacquelyn Taylor was recently appointed assistant dean of diversity and inclusion at the Yale School of Nursing, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar in the Division of Primary Care. She is licensed as a PNP-BC, RN, and FAAN.

Dr. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in nursing, all from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is currently a 2015-2016 MLK Visiting Associate Professor, hosted by the MIT Department of Biology.


News From Brown, September 2015

Christopher Rose will continue his work in communications theory. As associate dean of the Brown University faculty, he will cobble together multidisciplinary faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student teams by building on what he sees as the unusual technical breadth of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines.

Christopher Rose has a rather broad view of his chosen field of communication theory. It’s a cosmic-scale view, one might say.

“They say that when your tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But when your hammer is communication theory, I really do think it applies just about everywhere,” said Rose, professor of engineering. “I’d say that my predilection is to look at whatever big question comes across my purview through the lense of information theory.”



Latanya Sweeney was appointed editor-in-chief of Technology Science, a new journal published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. The journal was established by a group of 47 researchers, professors, and legal experts from 30 universities around the world. It will publish “original material dealing primarily with a social, political, personal, or organizational benefit or adverse consequence of technology.” Current features include research on Facebook Messenger’s geolocation collection and disclosure, medical privacy, and price discrimination in international travel.

Dr. Sweeney is a professor of government and technology in the department of government at Harvard University. She is the founder and director of the Data Privacy Lab. Before coming to Harvard in 2011, Professor Sweeney was a Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During 2014, she served as the chief technology officer for the Federal Trade Commission. Dr. Sweeney currently serves as a member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center Advisory Board (EPIC).

Professor Sweeney holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science, all from MIT. She also earned a master’s degree in computer science from Harvard University.

Terrence Blackman has joined the Medgar Evers College (CUNY) School of Science, Health & Technology as an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Mathematics Department, where he formerly served as an assistant professor. “Those of us who knew Terrence will attest to the fact that he cares immensely for the success and well-being of his students and colleagues,” says Dr. Augustine Okereke, Senior Vice President & Provost at Medgar Evers.

Dr. Blackman was recent speaker at the annual Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS), where he delivered a talk titled “Can you hear the shape of a drum? Space, Number, Symmetry & Equity”. Initiated in the early 1990s by William Massey of Bell Laboratories–then AT&T, now Lucent Technologies–the conference addresses critical issues involving African-American researchers and graduate students in the mathematical sciences. (Massey’s mentees include former MIT MLK Visiting Faculty Robert Hampshire, Arlie Petters, and Otis Jennings.)