Lathisms was founded in 2016 in order to showcase the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated in the United States from September 15 and October 15 every year. During this time we featured/revealed a prominent Latinx/Hispanic mathematician daily, providing a biography and information on their research, teaching and service contributions. The 2016 Lathisms calendar was highlighted in the article "Lathisms: Latin@s and Hispanics in Mathematical Sciences" (Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 63, Number 9) and the American Mathematical Society supported this endeavor by creating and distributing a poster "Latin@s and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences." You can order a copy here.

This website has been made possible by the support of the American Mathematical Society, a Tensor SUMMA grant from the Mathematics Association of America, Williams College and the Writing Center at Youngstown State University.

Statement on Black Lives Matter

As an organization created to increase the visibility of Latinx/Hispanic mathematicians, we fully support and stand in solidarity with our Black students, peers, colleagues family and friends who disproportionately face the systemic burden of racism and police brutality.  

Black Lives Matter in our past, in our present, and in our future. We will continue our work to become better allies, to uplift the Black Lives Matter movement, and do the work we must to uphold equity and social justice in our mathematical communities.  

You can support efforts in our math community by supporting the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM),  a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities.

Leadership Team

Dr. Pamela E. Harris, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Williams College

Dr. Pamela E. Harris is a Mexican-American Assistant Professor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College. She received her B.S. from Marquette University, M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was a Davies Fellow of the National Research Council with a dual appointment at the United States Military Academy and the Army Research Lab. Her research interests are in algebra and combinatorics, particularly as these subjects relate to the representation theory of Lie algebras. In 2018, she was selected as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year by the Davies Center at Williams College and she was one of 50 women featured in the book “Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics."

Dr. Alicia Prieto-Langarica, Professor, Mathematics, Youngstown State University

Dr. Alicia Prieto-Langarica is Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Youngstown State University. She received her Undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 and her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012. Prieto-Langarica's research is in the intersection of mathematics and biology, specifically problems related to the medical field. Recently she started conducting research in data science and public policy.

Dr. Luis Sordo Vieira, Research Assistant Professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Luis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at The University of Florida. He is a Venezuelan-American Applied Mathematician with scientific experience broadly described as being in the area of systems medicine. He uses techniques of discrete mathematics, dynamical systems, network theory, and data science to create models of disease phenomena (e.g. cancer growth, psychiatric disorders, infectious diseases). He has been in the Lathisms leaderhip team since 2019.

Junior Associates

Vanessa Rivera Quiñones, Instructor & Data Scientist

Dr. Vanessa Rivera Quiñones is a mathematical biologist with a passion for telling stories through numbers using mathematical models, data science, science communication, and education. Currently, she is an instructor at the Sagrado Global Data Science & Analytics program and a co-editor of the American Mathematical Society's Blog on Math Blogs. She received her bachelor's (B.S.) degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (2013) and her doctoral degree (2019) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Mathematics. At the next step of her career, she is interested in working on the ever-growing challenges of sustainability, healthcare, and education through a social justice lens.

Rosaura Uscanga Lomelí, Doctoral Student, Oklahoma State University

Rosaura Uscanga Lomelí is a doctoral student in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. She received her undegraduate degree in mathematics from The University of Texas at Arlington and her master's in mathematics from Oklahoma State University in 2015. Her research area is in math education, specifically in the teaching and learning of abstract algebra.

Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez, PhD Candidate, University of Kentucky

Andrés R. Vindas Meléndez is a Costa Rican-American mathematician. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kentucky working under the guidance of Benjamin Braun. His research interests are in algebraic, enumerative, and geometric combinatorics. In particular, he is interested in lattice-point enumeration for polyhedra. He is also an affiliated graduate student in the Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino/a Studies program. Before coming to Kentucky, he earned a master's degree in mathematics at San Francisco State University where his advisors were Federico Ardila and Matthias Beck. He completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley where he also minored in Philosophy and Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies.

Lathisms Founders