**Dr. Talitha Washington**is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She is interested in the applications of differential equations to problems in biology and engineering, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems.

Dr. Washington completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Spelman College. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She was a VIGRE Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University. She held assistant professorships at The College of New Rochelle and the University of Evansville, and most recently, an associate professorship at Howard University. She serves on the Council of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), the Congress of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)the Mathematical Sciences Academic Advisory Committee of the College Board, the Board of the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), and the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Mathematics and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

She also completed the Project Management Certificate program at Georgetown University and participated in the Summer Leadership Institute, led by the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). She has coordinated the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) Program and has led a Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) Research Experience for Undergraduates. Her work on Dr. Elbert Frank Cox, the first Black in the world to earn a PhD in mathematics, has been shared on radio and television stations, as well as in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, easily the most visible journal to all mathematicians. Dr. Washington is also a motivational speaker who shares her expertise on diversity and mathematics to a wide range of audiences.

**Education**

- University of Connecticut, MS, PhD, Mathematics, 1998, 2001
- Spelman College, BS, Mathematics, 1996
- Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, Study Abroad, Fall 1994
- Liceo Hernán Vargas Ramírez, Juan Viñas, Costa Rica, Foreign Exchange Student, 1992
- Bosse High School, Diploma, 1992

**Continuing Education**

- Project Management Certificate, Georgetown University, December 2015
- Summer Leadership Institute, Society for the Advancement of Chincanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), July 2015

**Professional Experience**

- Associate Professor of Mathematics, Howard University, August 2012 - present
- Visiting Associate Professor of Mathematics, Howard University, August 2011 - May 2012 (Awarded tenure, 2012)
- Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Evansville, August 2005 - May 2011 (Awarded tenure and promotion, 2011)
- Assistant Professor of Mathematics, The College of New Rochelle, September 2003 - August 2005
- VIGRE Research Associate, Duke University, September 2001 - August 2003

**Research Interest:**Differential equations and applications to biology and materials engineering

**Recent Publications**

- R. E. Mickens, J. Munyakazi and T. M. Washington. A Note on the Exact Discretization for a Cauchy-Euler ODE: Application to the Black-Scholes Equation. Journal of Difference Equations and Applications (2015).
- E. H. Goins and T. M. Washington. On the Generalized Climbing Stairs Problem. Ars Combinatoria, Vol. 117 (2014), pgs. 183-190.
- T. M. Washington. NSFD Representations for Polynomial Terms Appearing in the Potential Functions of 1-Dimensional Conservative Systems. Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 66, Iss. 11 (2013), pgs. 2251-2258.
- R. E. Mickens and T. M. Washington. NSFD Discretizations of Interacting Population Models Satisfying Conservation Laws. Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Vol. 66, Iss. 11 (2013), pgs. 2307-2316.
- R. E. Mickens and T. M. Washington. A Note on Exact Finite Difference Schemes for the Differential Equations Satisfied by the Jacobi Cosine and Sine Functions. Journal of Difference Equations and Applications, Vol. 19, Iss. 2 (2013). Available online 19 Dec 2012.
- E. H. Goins and T. M. Washington. The Area of the Surface Generated by Revolving a Graph About any Line. PRIMUS. 23 (2013), Iss. 2, pgs. 121-132.
- R. E. Mickens and T. M. Washington. A Note on an NSFD Scheme for a Mathematical Model of Respiratory Virus Transmission. Journal of Difference Equations and Applications. 18 (2012), no. 3, 525-529.

## Recent Presentations

*Preserving Conservation Laws in the Construction of Nonstandard Finite Difference Schemes*, STEAM-H Seminar, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (January 2017)*Nonstandard Finite Difference Schemes: the Mathematics of Ronald Mickens*, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, GA (January 2017)*Some Surprising Ways to Use Mathematics to Solve Big Questions*, Mathematics Seminar, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD (December 2016)*Training In-service Teachers to Think Deeply about Modeling in the Common Core Movement*, SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education, Philadelphia, PA (September 2016)*Best Practices in Designing and Implementing Courses which Combing Biology and Mathematics*, National Academies Special Topics Summer Institute on Lowering the Activation Energy: Making Quantitative Biology More Accessible, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (June 2016)*Demystifying STEM*, African American Girls Expanding Mathematics (AAGEM) 2016, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA (April 2016)*Blood, Ebola, and Zombies: Using Mathematics to Uncover the Mysteries of Biological Processes,*Central States Mathematics Undergraduate Conference (CeSMUR), Truman State University, Kirksville, MO (April 2016)*A Lab-Style Proof and Problem Solving Course*, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA (January 2016)*The Ubiquity of Mathematical Biology,*Invited Address at the Fall 2015 Meeting of the MD-DC-VA section of the MAA, St. Mary's College of Maryland (November 2015)

**Recent Teacher Training Presentations**

*Growth Mindset Intervention*, webinar for university faculty, Math Attitudes and Anxiety Faculty Mentoring Network, Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) (September 2016)*Implementing CS for All*, workshop for teachers of grades 2 through 5, Capstone/OSSE Math Science Summer Institute, Howard University, Washington, DC (August 2016)*Geometry*, workshop for teachers of grades 2 through 5, Capstone/OSSE Math Science Partnership, DC Scholars Stanton Elementary School, Washington, DC (April 2016)*Strategies for Enhancing STEM Instruction in Higher Education Setting*, webinar for university faculty, Capstone Institute, Howard University, Washington, DC (March 2016)*Measurement & Data*, workshop for teachers of grades 2 through 5, Capstone/OSSE Math Science Partnership, Howard University, Washington, DC (March 2016)*Modeling with Mathematics*, workshop for teachers of grades 2 through 5, Capstone/OSSE Math Science Partnership, Savoy Elementary School, Washington, DC (February 2016)

**Recent Grants**

- Co-Principal Investigator,
*Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics Scholarships (CMaPS) at Howard University*, National Science Foundation, $617,497 (August 2014 - July 2019) - Co-Principal Investigator/Project Director,
*Building Connections and Learning Communities among Educators and Researchers at HBCUs, National Science Foundation*, $1,849,950 (September 2012 - August 2015) - Co-Principal Investigator,
*Increasing Teacher Effectiveness Through Focused Professional Development: A Model for Pre-K Teachers,*Office of the State of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Teacher Quality Improvement (TQI) Grant Program, $100,000 (May 2014 - September 2015)

**Conferences, Sessions, and Workshops Organized**

- Co-organizer, with Monica Jackson and Colm Mulcahy,
*AMS-NAM Joint Special Session on The Mathematics of the Atlanta University Center*, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Atlanta, GA (January 2017) - Co-organizer and Presenter,
*Solving the Unsolvable Through Scientific Computing: Explorations in the Best Uses of Popular Mathematics Software*, Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, Austin, TX (September 2016) - Chair of Local Organizing Committee, StatFest, American Statistical Association (ASA), Howard University, Washington, DC (Fall 2016)
- Co-organizer, with Monica Jackson (American University), Special Session
*"Notes of a Native Son": The Legacy of Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz (1927-2014)*, MAA MathFest, Washington, DC (August 2015) - Local Coordinator, The EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education), Howard University (June 2015)
- Member of the Organizing Committee, AWM Research Symposium 2015, University of Maryland, College Park (April 2015)
- Member, Organizing Committee, David Blackwell Memorial Conference, Howard University (April 2012)

**Advisory Boards**

- Member at Large, Council, American Mathematical Society (AMS), February 2017 - January 2020
- Representative-at-Large for Minority Interests, Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Congress, February 2016 - January 2019
- Editor and Vice President, National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), January 2015 - present
- Board of Advisors, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), July 2014 - present
- Executive Committee Member, Association of Women in Mathematics, February 2014 - present

**In the Mathematics Community**

- Applying for Jobs, Spring Opportunites Conference, MSRI
- Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Visiting Lecturer Program
- National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences
- Pathways to Science, Math Alliance Mentor
- Purdue Research in Mathematics Experience Speaker Series, Interview
- Spelman Department of Mathematics Alumnae
- University of Connecticut Ph.D. Alumni, Department of Mathematics

Personal Background

- Biography
- Has three children
- Born in Frankfort, Indiana and grew up in Evansville, Indiana
- Attends the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University
- Member of Memorial Baptist Church
- Enjoys camping, exercising with Cathe, doing yoga with Steve Ross, and coaching youth sports