MATHEMATICS, LIVE! A Conversation with Amal Hamad and Rasha Osman

Volume: 
45
Issue Number: 
1
Issue: 
Jan-Feb
Year: 
2015
Authors and Affiliations: 
Interviewer: Evelyn Lamb, postdoc, University of Utah

Abstract

First paragraph:

I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Heidelberg Laureate forum in September. Modeled after the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, it brings together recipients of prestigious awards in mathematics and computer science and young researchers in those areas. A focus of the meeting was the role of mathematics and computer science in the developing world, and I talked to two women there who are working on projects to improve education and technology in some difficult areas. Rasha Osman, who is from Sudan, has a PhD in computer science and teaches at Imperial College London. Amal Fahad, who is from Iraq, just defended her PhD in computer science at the University of Rochester. We talked about their educational backgrounds, the programs they’re working on to help address the needs of their countries, and misconceptions many people, myself included, have about the developing world.


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