**Rutgers and Bell Labs Official CAARMS2 1996 web page**

**CAARMS2 1996**** (below)**

The **Council
and other conferences** for **African American
Researchers** in the **M**athematical **S**ciences:

The Conference June 26-28, 1996 at Rutgers University (DIMACS) and Bell Labs

Preface to the book

III. Historical Articles

The Organizers for this Workshop

Nathaniel Dean, AT&T Researchnate@research.att.com

William A. Massey, Bell Laboratorieswill@research.att.com

The main goal of this conference is to highlight current work by African-American researchers and students in mathematics. This conference will strengthen the mathematical sciences by encouraging the increased participation of African-Americans and underrepresented groups, facilitating working relationships between them and helping to cultivate their careers. Conference activities include research talks from several mathematical disciplines, poster presentations by graduate students, and several group discussions focusing on critical issues surrounding minority participation in mathematics. Participants will be introduced to some of the major science and technology centers in New Jersey, such as the DIMACS Center (the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) at Rutgers University in Piscataway and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

African Americans in Mathematics by Nathan Dean, developed
from the conference:

**The Second Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical
Sciences** was held for three days at the Center for Discrete Mathematics
and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University in Piscataway,
New Jersey, June 26-28, 1996. It was organized by Nathaniel Dean and William
A. Massey, both of Bell Laboratories, the research division of Lucent Technologies.
The main goal of the conference was to highlight current research by African-American
researchers and graduate students in mathematics, to strengthen the mathematical
sciences by encouraging the increased participation of African-American
and underrepresented groups, to facilitate working relationships between
them, and to help cultivate their careers.

We had over 100 researchers and graduate students in attendance who were exposed to a variety of technical and cultural events. Participants were introduced to some of the major research centers in New Jersey: DIMACS at Rutgers University in Piscataway, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, as well as Bell Laboratories and AT&T Labs who were both located in Murray Hill. Visiting all these research institutions was a first for most of the participants. There were twelve one-hour invited technical talks given by researchers spanning a variety of mathematical and scientific disciplines. At IAS we held group discussions, led by Fern Hunt (NIST) and Camille McKayle (Lafayette College) that focused on issues surrounding minority participation in mathematics, such as: The Career Life Cycle of an African-American Mathematician; Jobs of the Present, Jobs of the Future; The Public Image of Mathematics and Mathematicians in the African-American Community; and Affirmative Action. At Murray Hill, a select group of 17 graduate students presented their current research during the poster session where they interacted in smaller groups with conference attendees as well as researchers both from Bell Labs and AT&T Labs. This volume includes papers by the invited speakers and poster presenters as well as papers on issues related to African-American involvement in the mathematical sciences.

Stella Ashford, Curtis Clark, Jonathan D. Farley, Arthur Grainger, Isom Herron, Lee Lorch, Carolyn Mahoney, Walter Miller, Richard Tapia, Nathaniel Whitaker, Floyd Williams, Scott Williams, and Leon Woodson.

Chain Decomposition Theorems for Ordered Sets and Other
Musings

Jonathan
D. Farley

Unimodality and the Independent Set Numbers of Matroids

Carolyn
R Mahoney

On Achieving Channels in a Bipolar Game

Curtis
Clark, Sr.

On Discrete Approximation of Invariant Measures for Multidimensional
Maps

Walter Miller

Some Numerical Methods for the Maximum Entropy Problem

Nathaniel
Whitaker

Hydrodynamic Stability, Differential Operators and Spectral
Theory

Isom Herron

Richard Tapia

The Role of Selberg's Trace Formula in the Computation
of Casimir Energy for Certain Clifford-Klein Space-Times

Floyd
Williams

Dynamics on the Irrationals

Scott
Williams

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Finding Elliptic Curves Defined over Q of High Rank

Garikai Campbell

Symplectic Matrix Structure in Numerical Integration

Michael Keeve

A Numerical Algorithm for the Computation of Invariant Circles

Kossi Edoh

Classification of Nilpotent Orbits in Symmetric Spaces

Alfred G. Noel

Evaluating Texture Measures for Low-Level Features in Color Images of
Human Skin

Kori E. Needham

Lattice Paths and RNA Secondary Structures

Asamoah Nkwanta

Nuprl as a Concurrent Interactive Theorem Prover

Roderick Moten

III. Historical Talks and Articles

Lee Lorch,** ***Yesterday, Today
and Tomorrow*

**Etta Z. Falconer**** ***The Challenge of Diversity*

**Patricia Clark Kenschaft ***What
Next? A Meta-History of Black Mathematicians*

**Don Hill ***A Personal History
of the Origins of the National Association of*

*Mathematicians' "Presentations by Recipients of
Recent Ph.D.'s"*

**Nkechi Agwu and Asamoah Nkwanta ***J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.: The Man and His Works*

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