Person: Washington, Talitha
Talitha Washington is an American mathematician who, in 2001, became the first African American to graduate with a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She became co-leader of the National Science Foundation's 'Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions' programme and won the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year STEM Innovator Award.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- For simplicity we shall, however, use the name Talitha Washington throughout this biography.
- Washington's school education was in Evansville where she attended the Benjamin Bosse High School.
- While at the University of Connecticut, Washington was employed as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Mathematics from September 1996 to August 2001.
- Washington was awarded her Ph.D. in 2001 for her thesis "Mathematical Model of Proteins Acting as On/Off Switches." This meant that she was the first African American to graduate with a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Connecticut.
- Yung-Sze Choi, Washington's Ph.D. advisor, encouraged her to seek a postdoctoral position.
- By the time she went to Howard University, Washington had six publications.
- Another important colleague with whom Washington collaborated was Ronald E Mickens.
- Washington is active in training school teachers and college professors.
- During the warm seasons, you may even find her running down the Rock Creek Park trails in Washington, DC.
- In 2008 she wrote an article on Elbert Frank Cox who was born near where Washington grew up in Evansville, Indiana.
Born 9 January 1974, Frankfort, Indiana, USA.
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African American, Origin Usa, Women
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive