About the Bloggers

Alexander Diaz Lopez

Alexander Díaz-López

Alexander Díaz-López, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, is editor-in-chief of the JMM 2020 Blog. "I am originally from Puerto Rico. I then moved to Indiana to get my PhD from the University of Notre Dame in Coxeter group theory. After a year working at Swarthmore College, I joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Villanova University. Along the way, I have served as Associate Editor of Notices of the AMS, Project NExT fellow, co-founder of Lathisms.org, co-founder of Villanova's DREAMS program, and co-organizer of the greater Philadelphia area workshop MAAGC."
Leila Sloman

Leila Sloman

Leila Sloman, a PhD student in Mathematics at Stanford University, works in the areas of applied mathematics, partial differential equations and probability theory. She was the 2019 AMS Mass Media Fellow, and spent her summer internship at Scientific American. Read about her experience, "My Summer as a Science Journalist," in the January 2020 issue of Notices of the AMS.  
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.
Samantha Faria

Samantha Faria

Samantha Faria is the assistant in the Public Awareness Office and has been with the AMS since 2011. She likes stopping random people at JMM and recording them while they explain what they’re enjoying about the meeting. If you would like to be interviewed please stop by the Press Room.