新澳开奖celebrating Pride 2024


This Pride Month, we are celebrating the tremendous contribution of LGBTQ+ mathematicians towards the advancement of mathematics.

Diversity and inclusion underpin all activities at the London Mathematical Society. We want to be a learned society and membership body where all mathematicians feel welcome and represented. You can read our full Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement here.

Much of our work in this area is led by the Committee for Women and Diversity in Mathematics (CWDM). We also have a specific Member-at-Large (Women and Diversity) position on the 新澳开奖Council to promote diversity and inclusion in our decision-making processes. The Committee provides funding for a range of events including Diversity in Mathematics Days as well as the annual .

For Pride Month 2024, we are asking some prominent living LGBTQ+ mathematicians what Pride means to them, as well as their LGBTQ+ maths hero.

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Bethany Rose Marsh
Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Leeds

What does Pride month mean to you?
 I can remember the first Pride march I went to in Leeds, vividly. It was early on in my transition and I was quite nervous. I watched from the sidelines and I felt a surge of emotion as I watched the parade and the crowds around cheered. I was overwhelmed by the strong support and acceptance the large crowds were demonstrating and the tears ran down my face. That was a key moment for me, and helped give me the confidence to become my authentic self. In subsequent years I was able to march in Leeds Pride and I love being part of such a community-focused celebration. As a trans woman, I also feel strongly the campaigning part of the event, how it is so difficult for many trans and non-binary people and those who identify as LGBTQ+ in general, and how important it is to be accepted for who we are.
 
Who is your LGBTQ+ maths icon/hero?
I am inspired by Autumn Kent, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who gave the Spectra Lavender lecture at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in the US in 2022. Autumn has published over 25 papers in geometry and topology, and was awarded an NSF Career Award in 2014 and a Simons Fellowship in 2019. She actively supports underrepresented groups in mathematics, including organising an NSF-sponsored conference in 2019 to foster collaborations between LGBTQ+ mathematicians.

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Rowland Seymour
Professor in Statistics, University of Birmingham

What does Pride month mean to you?
Pride month is a reminder of the work that we still need to do. Mathematicians and statisticians before me have removed many of the barriers they faced, and I want to make sure that I am doing the same for the next generation. From advocating for an equal and respectful workplace, to mentoring and coaching early career LGBTQ+ mathematicians, there are many ways to improve the research culture for LGBTQ+ mathematicians. Mathematics and statistics happen do not just happen in academia, but in industry too. Pride month is a great opportunity to bring together mathematicians and statisticians from all environments to improve the culture for everyone working in mathematics.

Who is your LGBTQ+ maths icon/hero?
Suzanne Thornton is a Professor of Statistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, USA. I don鈥檛 know how she manages to be a leader in so many different areas simultaneously. Theoretically, her work focuses on likelihood free inference and bridging Bayesian, frequentist and fiducial inference methods. She is an expert in the ethical considerations of collecting data, not only developing ways of teaching these considerations to students, but also being part of the US Census Bureau鈥檚 National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. She also leads the American Statistical Association鈥檚 LGBTQ Inclusion and Diversity Working Group, which helps LGBTQ+ statisticians become leaders in their own field.