Olga Taussky Todd
Celebration of Careers in Mathematics for Women
July 1618, 1999
MSRI, Berkeley, California 

When. The Celebration was held July 1618,
1999, at the Mathematical Sciences Research
Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California. The conference wasorganized by
the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) with base
funding from the National Security Agency
(NSA); additional support was provided by the
Office of Naval Research (ONR), the
U.S. Department of Energy. The scientific
community was invited to talks.
Related Links.
Format. Featured lectures showcased the
research of outstanding women in mathematics. Talks and discussions by
established mathematicians with careers in government, business, industry and
academia focused on contemporary issues of concern to young women, highlighting
nontraditional career paths for mathematicians. The primary goals of the
celebration were to assist, encourage, and inspire the graduate student and
recent Ph.D. participants, to provide a forum for networking between
mathematicians at different career stages, and to promote the achievements of
women in mathematics. Senior investigators provided role models and offered
mentoring for the beginning women mathematicians. The graduate students and
recent Ph.D.'s who participated were to find in the legacy of Olga Taussky Todd
a realistic model and worthy goals for their lives.
Other Activities. Each of the postdoc and
graduate student participants at the conference had a mentor to provide
individual career guidance. Various careers available to beginning
mathematicians are a focus of the conference, and many of the plenary speakers
mentioned some aspects of their employment. Two presentations were planned to
provide specific career information and advice: Krystyna Kuperberg and Sylvia
Wiegand each organized an activity.
A Symposium titled "The Many Careers of Olga Taussky" brought
together biographical aspects of Taussky's varied employments with career
information. Mary Ann McLoughlin and Edith Luchins organized the symposium
which traced TausskyTodd's career pattern and provided thumbnail descriptions
of her various types of work given by persons who are now involved at that
site, or, in some cases, who worked with Taussky, or by a biographer. Then,
relative to each job, there was a brief description of the opportunities for
mathematicians today with that employer.
Final Program. (As of July 1,
1999.)
Friday, July 16, 1999

9:15am  9:30am 
Welcome & Announcements 
9:30am  10:15am 
Helen
Shapiro, Swarthmore College "Numbers, Matrices, and
Commutativity" 
10:15am  10:30am 
Coffee Break 
10:30am  11:30am 
Poster Session I
Funded participants will present a
poster on their research at one of three poster sessions.
Elizabeth S. Allman, University of North
CarolinaAsheville "Subgroup Separability and Hyperbolic 3manifolds"
Cheryl Grood, Swarthmore College "Centralizer Algebras of SO(2n,
C)" Rachel W. Hall, Pennsylvania State University "Hecke
C*Algebras" Deborah Heicklen, University of California,
Berkeley "Discretizing randomly perturbed dynamical systems"
Sanjukta Hota, Columbia State Community College "A Mathematical
Model for Carbon Dioxide Exchange during Mechanical Ventilation with Tracheal
Gas Insufflation (TGI)" Chris Hurlburt, University of New
Mexico "Differential Modular Forms" Megan Kerr, Wellesley
College "New Homogeneous Einstein Metrics of Negative Ricci Curvature"
JingRebecca Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Vector
ADI: A Low Rank Right Hand Side Lyapunov Equation Solver, with Applications to
Model Reduction" Moira A. McDermott, Gustavus Adolphus
College "Tight closure and singularity theory" Regan E.
Murray, University of Arizona "Modeling Reaction Zone Dynamics of the
Bioremediation Equations" Vanessa Robins, University of Colorado
at Boulder "Computational topology with applications to fractal
geometry" Masha Sosonkina, University of MinnesotaDuluth
"Preconditioning strategies for linear systems arising in tire design"
Lesley Ward, Harvey Mudd College "Brownian motion and the shape
of a region's boundary" 
11:30am  12:15pm 
Lisa R.
Goldberg, BARRA, Inc. "Portfolio Risk: Diversification in Volatile
Markets" 
12:15pm  2:00pm 
Lunch
Various lunch items (a la carte) will be available for
purchase on Friday. MSRI also has a full kitchen that the attendees will have
access to during the conference. 
2:00pm  2:45pm 
Fern Y.
Hunt, National Institute of Standards and Technology "Measurement
Science and Measure Theory: A Mathematician at NIST today" 
2:45pm  3:00pm 
Coffee Break 
3:00pm  4:00pm 
Poster Session II
Funded participants will present a
poster on their research at one of three poster sessions.
Catherine Bénéteau, Seton
Hall University [Unable to attend.] "A Fatoutype Theorem for
Functions with Growth Restrictions" Andrea Codd, University of
Colorado at Boulder "Elasticity  Fluid Coupled Systems"
Sylvia Cook, The University of Iowa "Two StarOperations and Their Induced
Lattices" Sarah J. Greenwald, Appalachian State University
"Diameters of Spherical Alexandrov Spaces and Constant Curvature One
Orbifolds" Annela Kelly, Northeast Louisiana University
"Analytic measures" Tanya L. Leise, Rose Hulman Institute of
Technology "Dynamically accelerating cracks along a bimaterial
interface" Helen Moore, Stanford University/Bowdoin College
"Gauss Map Omissions of Minimal Surfaces" Susan Morey,
Southwest Texas State University "Associated primes and ideals of graphs"
Julianne Rainbolt, Saint Louis University "Extensions of
Periodic Linear Groups" Karen L. Shuman, Dartmouth College
"Signal Processing with the Jacobi Group" Jenny Switkes,
Claremont Graduate University "Models of Coevolutionary Interaction"
Julia M. Wilson, University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"Nonuniqueness of boundaries of CAT(0) groups" Golbon Zakeri,
Argonne National Laboratory and the University of WisconsinMilwaukee "You
too can optimize using a metacomputer" 
4:00pm  4:45pm 
Linda R.
Petzold, University of California, Santa Barbara "Math, with an
Attitude" 
4:45pm  4:55pm 
Break 
4:55pm  6:10pm 
Panel: "Issues and Inside Information for women in
mathematics"
Organizer: Sylvia M. Wiegand, University of Nebraska
Panelists:
 Ellen Kirkman, Wake Forest University
 Maria Klawe, University of British Columbia
 Susan Morey, Southwest Texas State University
 Claudia Polini, Hope College
 Jean Taylor, Rutgers University

6:30pm 
Buffet Reception 
7:45pm 
Biographical Remarks Richard Varga, Kent State
University "Remembrances of Olga Taussky Todd, and her impact on me and on
her many students"
Plus a few comments by Jack Todd, Professor Emeritus,
California Institute of Technology 
Saturday, July 17, 1999

9:15am  10:00am 
Cathleen
Synge Morawetz, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York
University "Problems, including mathematical problems, from my early
years" 
10:00am  10:15am 
Coffee Break 
10:15am  11:15am 
Poster Session III
Funded participants will present a
poster on their research at one of three poster sessions.
Elizabeth A. Arnold, University of
Maryland, College Park "Using Hilbert Lucky Primes to Compute Gröbner
Bases" Lora Billings, University of Delaware "Newton's
Method and Chaotic Attractors" Sharon Frechette, Wellesley
College "Hecke Structure of Spaces of Modular Forms" Weiqing
Gu, Harvey Mudd College "VolumePreserving Great Circle Flows on the
3Sphere" Lois Kailhofer, University of WisconsinMilwaukee
"A Classification of Inverse Limit Spaces with Periodic Critical Points"
Sandra Kingan, Trinity College, D.C. "Structural Results for
Matroids" Gema A. Mercado, University of Arizona "Formation
of Hotspots and Dynamics of the Electric Field in Microwave Heating"
Dorina Mitrea, University of MissouriColumbia "The
transmission problem for multilayered anisotropic elastic bodies with rough
interfaces" Nilima Nigam, Institute for Mathematics and its
Applications, University of Minnesota "Variational methods for some
problems exterior to a thin domain" Ruth Pfeiffer, National
Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health "Some Problems for
Stochastic Processes with Hysteresis" Claudia Polini, Hope
College "Resolution of Singularities" Victoria Rayskin,
University of Texas at Austin "Degenerate Homoclinic Crossings"

11:15am  12:00pm 
Lani Wu,
Microsoft Corporation "Following my interest" 
12:00pm  1:45pm 
Lunch
Lunch boxes will be provided for the workshoppers
(graduate students, recent Ph.D.'s) and their mentors to facilitate
communication. Lunch will be provided to other participants within
availability. 
1:45pm  3:00pm 
Symposium: "The Many Careers of Olga Taussky"
Organizers:
 Mary Ann McLoughlin, The College of Saint Rose
 Edith Luchins, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Panelists:
 Isabel Beichel, National Institute of Standards and
Technology
 Christa Binder, Vienna University of Technology
 Mary Gray, American University
 Helen Grundman, Bryn Mawr College
 Svetlana Katok, Pennsylvania State University
 Alice T. Schafer, Wellesley College
 Helene Shapiro, Swarthmore College

3:00pm  3:20pm 
Coffee Break 
3:20pm  4:05pm 
Evelyn
Boyd Granville, Professor Emerita, California State University, Los
Angeles "Looking Back …Looking Ahead" 
4:05pm  4:15pm 
Break 
4:15pm  5:00pm 
Diane
Lambert, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies "Statistics: Is it
Really A Mathematical Science?" 
5:00pm 
Dinner (attendees will be on their own) 
Sunday, July 18, 1999

9:00am  9:45am 
Margaret H.
Wright, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies "A Selection of
Mathematical Experiences" 
9:45am  10:00am 
Coffee Break 
10:00am  10:45am 
Christa
Binder, Vienna University of Technology "Fräulein Dr. Taussky in
Vienna and Göttingen" 
10:55am  12:25pm 
Panel: "Finding a Traditional or Nontraditional Job and
Growing in It"
Organizer: Krystyna Kuperberg, Auburn University
Panelists:
 Karen M. Brucks, University of WisconsinMilwaukee
 Barbara S. Deuink, National Security Agency
 Barbara B. Flinn, National Security Agency
 Lisa R. Goldberg, BARRA, Inc.
 Sarah Holte, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
 Fern Y. Hunt, National Institute of Standards and
Technology
 Linda R. Petzold, University of California, Santa
Barbara
 Margaret H. Wright, Bell Laboratories, Lucent
Technologies

AWM is grateful to MSRI and their staff for all their efforts on
behalf of the Olga Taussky Todd Celebration of Careers in Mathematics for
Women.
AWM also wishes to thank all the individuals who participated in
the Celebration including the speakers, the panelists and the mentors.
AWM is grateful to the National Security Agency (NSA) for the
initial base support and to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for
their additional support.
The organizers for the conference included:
 Bettye Anne Case, Florida State University (Chair)
 Sue Geller, Texas A&M University
 Carolyn Gordon, Dartmouth College
 Dianne O'Leary, University of Maryland, College Park
 Gail Ratcliff, University of Missouri, St. Louis
 Jean Taylor, Rutgers University
 Sylvia M. Wiegand, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
The organizers thank those who joined them in serving on
committees for the conference: Isabel Beichl, Mary Ellen Boch, Jane Cullum,
Sharon Frechette, Jenny Harrison, Linda Keen, Krystyna Kuperberg, Edith
Luchins, Mary Ann McLoughlin, Carolyn R. Mahoney, Linda P. Rothschild, Janice
B. Walker.
The initial planning was assisted by: Isabel Beichl, Lynne
Billard, Lenore Blum, Mary Ellen Bock, SunYung Alice Chang, Jane Cullum, Susan
C. Geller, Carolyn S. Gordon, Mary W. Gray, Jenny Harrison, Gloria Hewitt,
Linda Keen, Krystyna M. Kuperberg, Edith Luchins, Carolyn R. Mahoney, Linda P.
Rothschild, Alice T. Schafer, Bhama Srinivasan, ChuuLian Terng, Janice B.
Walker, Carol Wood.
Questions? Contact the AWM at 3014057892 or
by email at awm@awmmath.org
Links for more information about Olga Taussky
Todd.
 Olga Taussky
Todd from the AWM Booklet Profiles
of Women in Mathematics: The Emmy Noether Lectures  Olga Taussky
Todd presented the 1981 Noether Lecture at the Joint Meetings in San Francisco,
California.
 Olga
TausskyTodd  Biography from the
MacTutor
History of Mathematics Archive.
 Remembering Olga Taussky
Todd, Chandler Davis, AWM Newsletter, 26(1),
JanFeb 1996  "Others remember Olga as author of some beautiful research
papers, as teacher, as collaborator, and as someone whose zest for mathematics
was deeply felt and contagious." (This article is housed at the
Biographies of
Women in Mathematics Website.)
 Olga
Taussky Todd, Richard Varga, SIAM News, 29(2), Mar
1996  An obituary of Olga Taussky Todd, "not only a great mathematician,
but also an inspiring teacher, colleague, and friend."

In
Memoriam: Olga Taussky Todd, PDF version, Edith H. Luchins and Mary Ann
McLoughlin, Notices, 43(8),
Aug 1996  A gentle and powerful beacon for mathematics is dimmed, but her
work and influence retain their vigor.
 Olga TausskyTodd's
Work in Class Field Theory, H. Kisilevsky,
Pacific Journal of
Mathematics, Vol. 181 No. 3 (1997), pp. 219224  A summary of some of
TausskyTodd's work in a
memorial issue
honoring her.
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