Association for Women in Mathematics

Pictured above, from left to right, Megan Johnson, Tara Hudson, Alyson Bittner, Ellyn Sanger, and Kelly Dougan gather after an AWM meeting.

Pictured above, from left to right, Megan Johnson, Tara Hudson, Alyson Bittner, Ellyn Sanger, and Kelly Dougan gather after an AWM meeting.

Welcome to the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Chapter at the University at Buffalo.  AWM is a non-profit organization founded in 1971 for the purpose of encouraging women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promoting equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

Today, our AWM Chapter aims to support this purpose by providing encouragement and assistance to women at UB in developing their mathematical skills and achieving their professional goals, as well as exciting younger generations about mathematics through community outreach programs.

Our Chapter organizes events such as social gatherings, presentations, and workshops in order to achieve these goals. In the Fall of 2015 we founded the UB AWM Lecture Series to highlight the achievements of women in mathematics and to facilitate discussions about being a woman in the mathematical sciences.

We invite everyone who supports the purpose of AWM to attend our events and to become a member of the Chapter. We emphasize that the Chapter is open to men as well as women, and to both graduate and undergraduate students. Chapter members can (and should) obtain free AWM membership. 

If you are interested in becoming a Chapter member or would like more information on upcoming events please click the link below to join our mailing list, ListServ.

"UB AWM Presents: The Most Exciting Polyhedra Event of the Semester".

"UB AWM Presents: The Most Exciting Polyhedra Event of the Semester"

UB AWM Chapter Officers

Alyson Bittner, President
Linda Alegria, Treasurer
Chinmayee Rane, Secretary

Kelly Dougan, President
Linda Alegria, Vice President
Tara Hudson, Treasurer
Megan Johnson, Secretary
Chinmayee Rane and Alejandra Garcia, Undergraduate Liaisons

Alyson Bittner, President
Ellyn Sanger, Vice President
Tara Hudson, Treasurer
Megan Johnson, Secretary


Alyson Bittner, President
Ellyn Sanger, Vice President
Tara Hudson, Treasurer
Elizabeth Reid, Secretary



The UBAWM Lecture Series is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Aude Hofleitner, Data Scientist, Facebook, "Developing Large Scale Models at Facebook"

In this talk I will show how data scientists leverage the Facebook infrastructure to better understand people and their connections to each other and the world. This is key to provide a personalized and meaningful experience online. I will present how we develop large scale inferences and graph mining algorithms which scale on the Facebook graph.

Bio: Aude is data science manager in the Core Data Science team, where she leads the Graph & Identity Research team. Her interest lies in the development of novel large scale inferences algorithms and statistical methodologies focusing on large scale graph inferences, graph matching and clustering which can be deployed to improve products across Facebook. Before joining Facebook, she studied for a M. Sc in Applied Math at Ecole Polytechnique and in Transportation at the Ecole des Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. She obtained her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Controls & Machine Learning) at UC Berkeley.

Research Group: Algebra

Dr. Amber Russell, Butler University, “The Springer Correspondence and Related Topics"

Amber Russell.

Amber Russell

February 13, 2017

About the Speaker: Dr. Amber Russell, Assistant Professor, Butler University,  Mathematics, Actuarial Science, and Statistics, states: "My research area is algebraic representation theory and Lie theory, and I am particularly interested in the use of sheaf theory within this area. More specifically, much of my work relates to the Springer Correspondence and perverse sheaves on the nilpotent cone. My PhD advisor was Pramod Achar, and my current research mentor is William Graham. I also have an ongoing collaboration with Laura Rider."
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Abstract: “The Springer Correspondence and Related Topics" In this talk, we will go over the definition of the Springer correspondence and see how perverse sheaves give a proof of it. We will also discuss how it relates to other topics in representation theory, and particularly emphasize its generalization due to Lusztig. I am currently working on a joint project with Martha Precup (North- western) and William Graham (UGA) that gives a new proof of the generalized Springer correspondence in the case of G = SLn(C), and I will talk briefly about this new construction. The talk is aimed to be accessible to an audience having taken a graduate level algebra course.

February 27, 2017

Dr. Diane Henderson, Penn State University, “The Role of Dissipation in the Propagation of Deep-Water Waves"

The propagation of deep-water wa ves, such as ocean swell, are typically modeled by considering water to be an inviscid fluid. Here we discuss the consequences of this inviscid approximation when comparing theoretical predictions to measured experimental and field data. For some situations, dissipation tweaks the comparison. For others, dissipation changes the outcome.

April 21, 2017

UB AWM Lecture Series in association with the Geometry & Topology Seminar

Dr. Abigail Thompson, UC Davis, "An Invariant of Trisected 4-Manifolds"

Abstract: A closed, orientable 3-manifold M always has a Heegaard splitting, that is, M^3 can be described as the union of two handlebodies glued together along their boundaries. Gay and Kirby extended this idea to 4-manifolds, showing that any closed orientable 4-manifold M^4 can be described as the union of three 4-dimensional handlebodies, glued together (carefully) along their boundaries. They called this a trisection of M^4. I’ll discuss their result, and describe a natural 4-manifold invariant, L(M^4), that arises from this decomposition. This is joint work with D. Gay and R. Kirby.


February 29, 2016

Dr. Alyssa Thompson, NSA, "A Look at the Crypt at the NSA — An Overview of Public Key Cryptography"

March 29, 2016

Dr. Anna Haensch, Duquesne University, “17 Facts About Science Writing That Will Totally Blow Your Mind”

April 18, 2016

Dr. Rachael Hageman Blair, University at Buffalo, “Perturbing Genetic Networks”

September 23, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Munch, University at Albany, “The Interleaving Distance”

November 7, 2016

Dr. Sarah Muldoon, University at Buffalo, “Quantitative Network Neuroscience: How Mathematicians Can Contribute to Brain Research”


Rachael Comstock and Melissa Chudyk