Terrence Blackman visits AIMS South Africa

Terrence Blackman, along with a number of important world renowned mathematicians, is attendingthe AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Workshop in Cape Town from January 19-23, 2015. The event is hosted by the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa in Muizenberg. The goal of this conference, which is being done in collaboration with the Clay Mathematics Institute in the

Coco Fusco‘s commentary in The New York Times (12/15/2014) compares the recent protests over police aggression with Occupy Wall Street demonstrations: “Indeed, occupy activists are sharing tactics with organizers in Ferguson and elsewhere.” READ MORE

André Taylor‘s latest paper on improving carbon nanotube electronics was highlighted by theAmerican Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. In “Role of HF in Oxygen Removal from Carbon Nanotubes: Implications for High Performance Carbon Electronics,” Dr. Taylor and his team report that hydrogen fluoride plus electric current purifies nanotubes, improves their electronic properties. READ MORE

Calestous Juma on how Nigeria defeated ebola

Calestous Juma‘s latest article in The Guardian observes that the key to Nigeria’s successful containment of ebola is the strength of the public sector: state governments, universities and hospitals. “A brief look at the news suggests African countries aren’t stepping up their support to the affected countries,” writes Juma. “This view, however, ignores three important lessons from Africa’s response to the

Jim Gates featured in PBS program series

Dr. Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr. is featured in the PBS program The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements.  Hosted by Michael Emerson, the three-hour series is about the amazing human story behind the Periodic Table. Mystery of Matter covers one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long (and continuing) quest to understand what

Carlos Castillo-Chavez on Ebola in Texas

Carlos Castillo-Chavez of Arizona State University and colleagues recently published “Temporal Variations in the Effective Reproduction Number of the 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak” for the National Academy of Engineers. The second edition of Dr. Castillo-Chavez’s book, Mathematical Models in Population Biology and Epidemiology (with Fred Brauer) is now available for purchase online in Mandarin. In September, he and

Calestous Juma has been named a LAAP Prize (Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize) winner for his leadership in socio-economic development in Africa. The award will be presented to Juma in Nigeria on October 10, 2014 by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. Juma is among 16 laureates of this year’s esteemed award. Past laureates include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan,

Jason Sello and his colleagues at Brown and MIT will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month. The paper is entitled “Crystal structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis ClpP1P2 suggests a model for peptidase activation by AAA+ partner binding and substrate delivery”. Sello’s co-authors are MIT’s Prof. Robert Sauer (Sello’s MLK faculty host) and Karl R. Schmitza,

The National Science Foundation awarded Terrence Blackman and his colleagues at the the University of Denver a project grant of $349,971. The two-year grant will  support “Access in Mathematics for All: Increasing the number of diverse and low-income STEM majors who become secondary school mathematics teachers,” a project under the direction of Richard Kitchen (PI), Alvaro Arias

MIT News Q&A with Calestous Juma

How can Africa find new ways to spark economic growth? That was the focus of “Africa Rebooted,” a wide-ranging public symposium hosted by the Center for International Studies moderated by Calestous Juma on Sept. 24 at the Whitehead Institute. MIT News: You have worked with the African Union as a high-level advisor to develop its new 10-year Science, Technology