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Personal Profile of Dr. Hélène Barcelo

Biography
Professor Hélène Barcelo has been the Deputy Director of MSRI since July 1, 2008, with a year as Acting Director (2018-19). In her position, Professor Barcelo is in charge of overseeing all scientific activities at the Institute.

A native of Québec, Canada, Hélène Barcelo received her PhD in mathematics in 1988 at the University of California, San Diego. After a three-year postdoctoral position at the University of Michigan, and a semester at the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden, she moved to Arizona State University until 2008. There, four doctoral and eight masters students completed their degrees under her direction. Professor Barcelo has held visiting positions at numerous universities and research institutes around the world. She is currently a Professor Emerita of Mathematics at ASU and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Barcelo’s research interests lie in algebraic and topological combinatorics; more specifically, combinatorial representation theory and homotopy theories in relation to subspace arrangements. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, she spent the Spring 2008 semester at MSRI as a Research Professor in the Combinatorial Representation Theory program. She was also in residence at MSRI for the year-long program in Combinatorics in 1996–97, and she visited in Fall 2004 during the Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications program.

For several years, Professor Barcelo was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, and is currently a member of its advisory board. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the International Conference in Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics. In 2018, Professor Barcelo was inducted as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and in 2019 she became a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She has just completed serving a three-year term on the Editorial Boards Committee of the AMS, after having served on its Executive Committee from 2013 to 2017. She is also currently on the Advisory Board of Matrix, the Australian International Mathematical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In 2019 she was selected to serve a three-year term on the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Ex-officio, Deputy Director (unlimited term); Acting Director (8/1/18-7/31/19) Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Committee on Public Understanding Deputy Director, ex officio Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Committee on Trustees Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Committee on Women in Mathematics Ex officio Apr 01, 2017 Jul 31, 2025
Corporate Partners Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Development Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Directorate Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Educational Advisory Committee Ex officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Endowment Campaign Committee Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Evaluation Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Finance Committee Ex officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Human Resources Advisory Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2022
Investment Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Scientific Advisory Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025
Steering Committee Deputy Director, ex officio Jul 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2025

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Committee of Academic Sponsors Ex-officio (Deputy Director) Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2012
Directorate Jul 01, 2011 Jun 30, 2012
Recompetition Committee Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 08, 2010
Strategic Planning Committee Dec 01, 2016 Mar 31, 2018
  1. Workshop The 2018 Infinite Possibilities Conference

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    Apr 14, 2018
    Saturday
    09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
      Welcoming Remarks
    Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Lily Khadjavi (Loyola Marymount University)
    02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
      Breakout Sessions II - Success Strategies
    Tammy Ashraf (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)), Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Sousada Chidthachack (Ascension Catholic School), Rebecca Garcia (Sam Houston State University), Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Ulrica Wilson (Morehouse College; Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))