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Dow Selected for UCLA Mathematics Program

Dow Selected for UCLA Mathematics Program

Assistant Professor Invited to Participate in Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics Big Data Program

Buffalo, New York - April 25, 2018 - Keiko Dow, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics at D’Youville, has been accepted into the highly-selective Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) and will take part in its long program entitled Science at Extreme Scales: Where Big Data Meets Large-Scale Computing. The mission of IPAM is to advance the integration of mathematics within other fields of scientific inquiry.

Founded in 2000, the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics is an entity funded by the National Science Foundation and located in the heart of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. Dow will be in residence at UCLA from September 14 through December 14.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to be learning something new, especially since it is about ‘big data,’ which is one of the most talked about topics in mathematics today,” said Dow.

At the heart of IPAM’s mission is encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists. It was at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science: The National Diversity in STEM Conference in 2017 where Dow first learned of IPAM and the upcoming big data long program.

“I spoke with one of the presenters after his talk on big data and he informed me about the big data long program this fall and I applied right away,” added Dow. “It’s rare to encounter something this exciting at a conference, and believe me I have attended a lot of conferences.”

Dow attending the program comes at just the right time for the Biology and Mathematics Department, as they are in the midst of developing a bachelor of science degree in Data Science.

“Along with her extensive expertise, having Dr. Dow acquire this advanced training is especially valuable to D’Youville,” says Jeremiah Davie, PhD, associate chair of biology and mathematics. “We’ll be able to connect our students to the burgeoning job market for data scientists.”

“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Dow for being named a fellow in the IPAM program,” said President Lorrie Clemo. “The selection process is extremely competitive and applicants must meet rigorous selection criteria to become part of this dedicated community of STEM scholars.”

Clemo believes that Dow’s experience at IPAM sets D’Youville up for success. “I’m looking forward to the success that will crystalize once Dr. Dow brings back to D’Youville the power of her skills and determination stimulated by the experience to inspire more girls and women around her to pursue scientific careers and to help us close the gender gap in STEM.”

Like IPAM, D’Youville is committed to encouraging women and girls in STEM fields through acts like hosting Girls Who Code. Originally a collaborative project by faculty in the biology, anatomy, education, public health, and psychology departments, Girls who Code originally started as a D’Youville student club. Following pre-planned curriculum from the Girls Who Code organization, the club is open to girls in grades K-12 and meets every Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

“I’m hoping to make data analytics more accessible to everyone,” said Dow. “Data analytics has a powerful ability to find invisible patterns which can help people make optimal decisions. Currently we offer a bachelor of science mathematics with an applied concentration in analytics, as well as an analytics minor. I’m looking forward to incorporating some of what I learn this fall into our curriculum.”


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