About the Bloggers

Adriana Salerno

Adriana Salerno

Adriana Salerno, associate professor at Bates College, is the blog’s editor. She earned her undergraduate degree in her home country of Venezuela at the Universidad Simon Bolivar, then went on to earn her PhD at the University of Texas. Adriana was the AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellow in the summer of 2007; as such, she wrote articles for the Voice of America. Adriana was also the creator and a writer for the PhD + epsilon blog, about the experiences and challenges of an early-career mathematician. Adriana’s main research area is Number Theory, in particular the intersections of number theory with geometry, physics, and cryptography. She is also very interested in the communication and teaching of mathematics to create a more inclusive and diverse STEM workforce. She is an alum of the Linton-Poodry SACNAS Summer Leadership Institute, and is committed to increasing the representation of minorities and women in the mathematical sciences. Adriana recently served as Visiting Mathematician at the Mathematical Association of America’s headquarters in D.C., from September to December 2016, and she is now and is now editor in chief of the AMS inclusion/exclusion blog.


Kelsey Houston Edwards

Kelsey Houston Edwards

Kelsey Houston Edwards is a San Diego native who abandoned the sunshine to study mathematics and philosophy at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Now she’s a doctoral candidate in math at Cornell University, studying probability theory. She was a 2016 AAAS-AMS Mass Media Fellow at NOVA Next, and hosted PBS Infinite Series, a weekly YouTube show exploring the puzzling world of mathematics. Follow @PBSInfinite on Twitter.


Beth Malmskog

Beth Malmskog

Beth Malmskog is an assistant professor at Villanova University. Her research interests are in number theory, combinatorics, and arithmetic geometry, and applications to cryptography and coding theory. Beth is originally from Wyoming, and received her PhD in 2011 from Colorado State University. She also writes for PhD + epsilon, an AMS blog about early career issues.


Karen Saxe

Karen Saxe

Karen Saxe is Director of the AMS Office of Government Relations which works to connect the mathematics community with Washington decision-makers who affect mathematics research and education. Over many years she has contributed much time to the AMS, MAA, and AWM, including service as vice president of the MAA and in policy and advocacy work with all three. She was the 2013-2014 AMS Congressional Fellow, working for Senator Al Franken on education issues, with focus on higher education and STEM education. In Minnesota she has served on the Citizens Redistricting Commission following the 2010 census and serves on the Common Cause Minnesota Redistricting Leadership Circle. She has three children and, when not at work especially enjoys being with them and reading, hiking and sharing good food and wine and beer with family and friends.


Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Benjamin Thompson is a mathematics PhD student at Boston University studying generalizations of Poncelet’s Theorem in Algebraic Geometry. For his 2017 AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellowship he wrote web stories and recorded radio spots for Voice of America. His stories focused on science relevant to VOA’s exclusively international audience. In 2014 he spent two days a week in a middle school classroom as a “resident scientist” through the NSF-GK12 GLACIER Fellowship. Ben chairs the Transportation Committee on Boston University’s Climate Action Plan Task Force and serves on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer at Better Future Project, a leading grassroots organization advocating for climate action in Massachusetts. Ben sings with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, but most enjoys singing sad country songs to his ukulele with friends.