New Orleans 2001
place: born and raised in Cartersville, Georgia
B.S. (1993) in mathematics from Spelman College; M.A (1997) from the University of Maryland, College Park
Ph.D. (2000) University
of Maryland, College Park
thesis: On Robustness Against Mis-Specified Mixing Distribution and Generalized Linear Mixed Models; advisor: Paul J. Smith
area of degree: Applied Mathematics (Statistics concentration)
postdoctoral in Statistics at North Carolina State Uniersity
. Her research interests include generalized linear mixed models, longitudinal data analysis, and robust statistics. Her first position after the Ph.D. was at the National Security Agency. At present she is at North Carolina State University.
Kimberley Weems says the long road to her thesis began as a young child, when she would play after school in the classroom of her mother, a middle school math and science teacher. "She always encouraged me to pursue my interest in these areas."
Weems said that later she drew great strength from African American women math professors she had at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she received her undergraduate degree.
"I have been fortunate to have strong influential women in my life, many of whom are African American," she said. "I hope that I can be a role model for young girls and inspire them to pursue mathematical careers."
photo: June 2000 after her Blackwell-Tapia lecture
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