Rachel Crowell is a freelance math and science writer currently based just north of Des Moines, Iowa. Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2014. She had the privilege of completing two undergraduate research projects – one focused on modeling gang activity in Kansas City as an infectious social disease and the other on modeling liquidity risk in the bond market. Rachel was also a 2015 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the Oregonian. She began dreaming of “being a writer” in second grade, but didn’t believe her dream would become a reality until she was selected for the AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellowship. She first realized her aptitude and passion for mathematics in college with the help of her enthusiastic and witty (now retired) introductory calculus professor. She’s thrilled to work in a profession that combines two of her greatest interests. Follow her on Twitter @writesRCrowell.
Vanessa Rivera-Quiñones obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2019. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she completed a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Finance at the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras in 2013. Her thesis research involved using mathematical models to understand how interactions among hosts, parasites, and the environment shape the spread of disease. She has a passion for telling stories through numbers using mathematical models, data science, science communication, and education. She believes making mathematics accessible to a broader audience is a way to create inclusive environments and celebrate the identities of those who share a passion for mathematics. Follow her on Twitter: @MissVRiveraQ.
Anna Haensch is an assistant professor at Duquesne University and was one of the original editors. She was born in Germany, grew up in Vermont, and received her Ph.D. from Wesleyan University in May 2013. In the summer after completing her degree, she was the AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow at NPR. Her research is in number theory, specifically quadratic forms and classical representation problems. When she's not doing math, she's writing and tweeting about it, follow her @extremefriday.
Evelyn Lamb was also one of the original editors, along with Anna. See the collection of all her posts on this blog. She is pursuing a career in freelance writing and we wish her the best!
Evelyn left a postdoc at the University of Utah to live the freelance math writing life. Her research interests are harmonic maps and higher Teichmüller theory. She has a Ph.D. in math from Rice University, and during her time in graduate school Evelyn was an AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Scientific American. She still blogs for them at Roots of Unity.
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