Academics: Majors and Programs

Etta Z. Falconer Mathematics Lecture

The Department of Mathematics invites you to attend the lecture by
Dr. Ulrica Wilson:
'The Falconer Effect: A Nonlinear System with Sensitive
Dependence on Initial Conditions'

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Albro Falconer Manley Science Center, NASA Auditorium


As demonstrated through many lasting programs and initiatives, Dr. Etta Z. Falconer made a choice to change the world of science and mathematics. The effect of the choices she made still lives on in her colleagues and her students.

In this talk I hope to share a snippet of how her impact influenced my own career doing and promoting mathematics.

Dr. Wilson is an alumna of Spelman College and received her Ph.D in Mathematics from Emory University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the mathematics department at the University of California, San Diego, she returned to the Atlanta University Center in 2007 as a member of the mathematics faculty at Morehouse College.

Her research is in the area of noncommutative ring theory, in particular the problem of classifying finite dimensional division algebras. Recently she expanded her research program to include combinatorial matrix theory. 

Dr. Wilson is currently one of the co-Directors of the EDGE Program—a program co-founded by Spelman’s own Professor Emerita Sylvia Bozeman in response to the need to increase the number of women, especially underrepresented women, completing PhDs in the mathematical sciences. Under Dr. Wilson’s leadership the program expanded to support recent PhDs and junior faculty.

In 2013, Dr. Wilson was selected to be the first Associate Director for Diversity and Outreach at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics(ICERM) at Brown University. In this role she provides leadership in developing policies and procedures that ensure diversity throughout ICERM’s programs.