MSRI is delighted to share news that Dr. Mariel Vazquez of the University of California, Davis, and member of the MSRI Human Resources Advisory Committee, will be awarded the 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize. Vazquez is CAMPOS Professor of Mathematics, and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis.
The prize is awarded every other year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, two distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations to more than a generation of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students and professionals in the mathematical sciences. The prize recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from under-represented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of the under-representation of minorities in math.
A full press release regarding the prize can be viewed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis website.