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LAUSD – DISTRICT 8 Mattie Adams and Dr. Felicia Clark. CURRENT AFRICAN-AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENTS IN MATH AND SCIENCE. Current Advances in Math and Science
Mattie Adams and Dr. Felicia Clark
Resides in Berkeley
Classic Book : Theory of Games and Statistical Decisions (1979)
Significance of work: Dr. Sylvester Gates' study of the mathematical laws that govern hypothetical forms of energy and matter have paved the way for 21st century exploration of the universe at tiny scales never before previously accessible.
Formulated model by introducing the superpartners "pionin" for the nuclear force (1996)
*Currently affiliated with The University of Maryland
First African-American to Receive The Blackwell-Tapia Prize For Minority Mathematical Scientists (2002)
Book: Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing (2000)
Mathematical Astronomy: light deflection in weak gravitational fields
Significance of work: Using reflective light to measure the size of galaxies
U.S. A. Citizen – Born in Belize
B.A./M.A. (Mathematics and Physics) Hunter College 1986
Ph.D. (Mathematics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1991.
Chief of neurosurgery- Children’s Hospital of Michigan (Retired June 2001)
1st Female African-American Brain Surgeon in the US
US Resident - Nigerian
1st African-American to win the Sloan Research Fellowship (the most prestigious award in US for early Scientists/Engineers)
In 2001, 1St African-American Woman to be published in The Annals of Mathematics(founded in 1884)
Focus: Characterizing subsets of rectifiable curves in Euclidean n-space
(works with inner city African-American Students to teach advanced Geometry with new paradigm)
Her father, the Nigerian George Okikiolu, has written more mathematics papers than any other Black mathematician. She is married to mathematician Hans Lindblad.
University of California at Los Angeles (1991)University of San Diego
Contributions - Mathematical Models of Cancerous Tumor Growth (tumor biology)
~26% of employed African-Americans work in management, professional, and related occupations
~ 74% of the employed African-Americans work in labor, service, non-management track positions
The projected single-race black population of the United States as of July 1, 2050. On that date, according to the projection, blacks would constitute 15% of the nation’s total population.
Nationally, the percentage of black households who lived in owner-occupied homes. The rate was higher in certain states, such as Mississippi, where it reached 56%.
For that is our unyielding faith - that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
- Barak Obama
Seantor and Presidential Candidate
February 10, 2007