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NSF Postdoc Award

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I have been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin October 2020. During the fellowship I will continue to work with Jared Wunsch in the Mathematics Department at Northwestern University. My research focuses on using microlocal techniques to study the global behavior of waves on asymptotically flat background geometries.

Free Access to New Paper with J. Metcalfe (until Feb 18)

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A new paper I wrote with Jason Metcalfe on quasilinear systems of wave equations is currently available online. The paper will appear in the Journal of Differential Equations in February. Click below to access our paper for free until February 18, 2020!

BIRS Workshop on Geometric Dispersive Equations

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I have accepted an invitation to attend the Dynamics in Geometric Dispersive Equations and the Effects of Trapping, Scattering and Weak Turbulence, Revisited workshop at the Banff International Research Station. I will be in attendance Feb 2 - Feb 7, 2020.

Joint Math Meetings in Baltimore

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I will be attending the JMM in Baltimore Wednesday, Jan 16 to Saturday, Jan 19. The schedule for my talks and poster is:

Wednesday, January 16

9:15-9:25am: Talk titled Promoting diversity through outreach at the Girls Talk Math camp during the MAA General Session on Outreach. (Room 301, BCC)

Thursday, January 17

8:00-8:20am: Talk titled Wave decay on asymptotically flat stationary spacetimes during the AMS Special Session on Analysis and Geometry of Nonlinear Evolution Equations (Room 336, BCC)

10:00am-12:00pm: Poster on Girls Talk Math during the MAA Poster Session for Mathematical Outreach Programs. (Exhibit Hall G, 100 Level, BCC)

New Paper Posted to arXiv: Quasilinear Systems

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I have posted a new paper, co-authored with Jason Metcalfe: arXiv:1812.11956

Title: "Global existence for systems of quasilinear wave equations in (1+4)-dimensions."

Girls Talk Math to present at ScienceTalk 2019

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The proposal Dr. Bernardi and I prepared to give a talk at ScienceTalk 2019 has been accepted! ScienceTalk is a national science communication conference that brings together professionals interested in sharing math and science with a broad audience. The conference will take place April 4-5, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. 

 

The talk will emphasize the value of including a communication component in STEM outreach initiatives. This not only promotes communication skills for future scientists but also helps to reach underrepresented groups by building a sense of community.

Texas Analysis and Mathematical Physics Symposium

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I will be giving a contributed talk titled "Wave Decay on Asymptotically Flat Stationary Spacetimes" on Saturday, October 27 during the 2018 TexAMP Symposium at Baylor University.

Purdue Spectral and Scattering Theory Seminar

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I will be giving a talk during the Spectral and Scattering Theory Seminar at Purdue University on Wednesday, October 10th. Title: Wave decay on asymptotically flat stationary spacetimes.

MAA MathFest 2018

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I am attending MathFest in Denver, CO from Aug 1 - Aug 4:

  • Thursday, August 2, 3:30-3:45pm
    I will give a talk about the AWM activities of the UNC Student Chapter during the "Advancing Women in Mathematics: On the Ground Initiatives" session.

  • Friday, August 3, 3:00-4:30pm
    I will present a poster on my research during PosterFest.

  • Saturday, August 4, 3:10-3:30pm, Governor's Square 14
    I will give a research talk during the "Great Talks for a General Audience".

3rd Year of Girls Talk Math

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The 3rd run of Girls Talk Math will take place July 9-20 in the Mathematics Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. This year, 39 campers will participate in the program. Check out their blog posts and podcasts on the Girls Talk Math website.

Graduate Mini-School at MSRI

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I will be attending the MSRI mini-school on the D-Bar Problem in the 21st Century from June 11 to June 22.

Interviewed on "Relatively Prime" Podcast

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Samuel Hansen at the "Relatively Prime" Podcast interviewed myself and Francesca Bernardi about the Girls Talk Math camp we founded in 2016 for the May episode. You can listen to the episode on the "Relatively Prime" website or on iTunes!

UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship

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I was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2018-2019 Academic Year by the UNC Graduate School. 

Invited Talk at AMSI-ANU Workshop on Microlocal Analysis

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I have been invited to give a short talk at a Microlocal Analysis workshop in Australia. Slides for the talk are linked below.

University Award for the Advancement of Women

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Each year the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents four University Awards for the Advancement of Women: one to a faculty member, one to a staff member, one to an undergraduate student, and one to a graduate or professional student or postdoctoral scholar. This year the graduate student award will be given to myself and Francesca Bernardi for our work for the Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter, including Girls Talk Math, our Mentor Network, and the first AWM Triangle Conference.

Panelist for "Discussion on Supporting Women and Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM" at NCSSM

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I have been invited to serve on a panel about supporting underrepresented groups in STEM at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. The panel is for NCSSM faculty and will take place Friday, January 26.

Kenan Graduate Fellowship

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I have been accepted into the inaugural cohort of Kenan Graduate Fellows. The Kenan Graduate Fellowship is a new program in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC that awards funding to top graduate students in the College.

Featured on UNC Research's Women in Science Wednesday

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The UNC Research online magazine Endeavors publishes a series called "Women in Science Wednesday" which highlights UNC researchers at all levels of their careers across dozens of fields. Each post focuses on a single scientist. I was the subject of the series in their January 10, 2018 post. Check out the article at the link below!

Joint Mathematics Meetings - San Diego

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I will attend the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego from Wednesday, January 10 to Saturday, January 13. Talk to me about Girls Talk Math at the MAA Outreach Poster Session 10-12 on Thursday; talk to me about my research at the AWM Poster Session 6-7:15 on Friday; and hear me discuss the Inquiry-Based Learning Curriculum I designed for Girls Talk Math at MAA Session on Inquiry-Based Learing at 11:20 on Saturday.

Moon Duchin Public Lecture

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UNC's Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter will host Dr. Moon Duchin from Tufts University for a public lecture on Monday, November 6 at 6:30pm in the Genome Sciences G200 Auditorium. Dr. Duchin will discuss her work using advanced geometry to address gerrymandering.

Oral Exam Passed - Officially ABD!

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On Thursday, November 2 I gave my oral exam presentation, The Effect of the Metric Behavior at Spatial Infinity on Wave Decay in the Presence of Asymptotically Flat Stationary Spacetimes, about my research expanding on the work published in Tataru 2013. I successfully passed the oral exam and am officially ABD!

Presentation for PDE Student Seminar

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I gave a 50 minute talk on my dissertation research for the PDE Student Seminar running this semester and organized by Dr. Jeremy Marzuola and Dr. Yaiza Canzani

Blog Post Published on Scientific American Website

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I wrote a piece about the math and science behind analogue vs. digital recording. It was published on the Observations Blog on the Scientific American website. The piece discusses auditory perception, the history of analogue playback, the Fourier transform, and the Sampling Theorem. I describe to a lay audience how the Fourier transform explains why analogue playback is possible. I also discuss how the Sampling Theorem makes digital audio file storage feasible. Many thanks to the ComSciCon Triangle science communication conference for providing the workshop and resources that made this happen.

Accepted to AWM Poster Session at JMM

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I have been accepted to the Association for Women in Mathematics Poster Competition and Session at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego in January 2018. The session will consist of 20 graduate student posters. I will present my research on wave decay in the presence of different geometries. Click the button below to view the title and abstract.

Invited to Present at Department's Research Week Event

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I have been invited by the department to give a research talk aimed at undergraduates as part of the Math Department's events for UNC's Research Week. My talk is titled The Effect of Geometry on Pointwise Decay of Waves and will take place on Monday, October 9 at 4:00pm in Phillips Hall.

NSF INCLUDES: WATCH US Grant Award

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Dr. Katherine Newhall, fellow Ph.D. candidate Francesca Bernardi, and myself have been awarded a NSF INCLUDES WATCH US grant through the University of Nebraska to develop the Association for Women in Mathematics Triangle Conference for undergraduate and graduate students. The conference will be held Spring 2018.

Girls Talk Math Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

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Girls Talk Math partnered with Therese Triumph and Emily Jack from the UNC Libraries to organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for the campers from 2017. Participants learned how to create and edit pages on Wikipedia and edited the pages of the mathematicians they researched over the summer. The event took place on UNC campus on Saturday, September 23.

Scientific Research and Education Network Event

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I developed a lesson plan titled "Demystifying Data" that introduces 6th graders to statistical questions, data analysis, and measures of center for the SciREN Networking Event held at the Museum of Natural History in Raleigh. Hundreds of STEM teachers in the Triangle area attended the event to build connections with researchers interested in curriculum development and to find lesson plans to use in their classrooms. Contact me at katri@live.unc.edu with any questions, feedback, or for classroom ready version of the lesson plan.

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