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It was our honor: hosting CAARMS23

The Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences is unlike any other conference in the math world. | Short Read
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IMAGE:  Robert Scott is the Director of Diversity Initiatives

Robert Scott is the Director of Diversity Initiatives at Michigan Engineering and Co-Implementation Lead for the College of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. CAARMS stands for Conference for African-American Researchers in Mathematics, an annual event features current research talks by African-Americans throughout the country.

Professor Edray Goins from Purdue University said, “CAARMS is unlike any other conference in the mathematical sciences.” I enthusiastically agree with Professor Goins, and I believe the more than 90 students and researchers in attendance for CAARMS23 would, too.

It was encouraging to see undergraduates and graduate students (future researchers, perhaps) attending expert workshops side-by-side with outstanding faculty and industry professionals from around the country.


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This year’s theme was “Data Science” and the thought leaders who presented included distinguished Michigan Engineering alumni like Dr. Kyla McMullen. McMullen was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan. In the keynote address, titled “Hidden Figures: Bringing Math, Physics, History & Race to Hollywood,” Rudy L. Horne of Morehouse College gave a chronicle of his role as the main mathematics consultant for the movie Hidden Figures.

It was an honor to host this one-of-a-kind experience at the University of Michigan, bringing some of the best minds to campus. You can read more about it from the first-person perspective of Purdue University Professor Edray Goins in this collection of posts.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read