About the Bloggers

Rachel Crowell

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.

Scott Hershberger

Scott Hershberger is the AMS Communications and Outreach Content Specialist. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he completed an undergraduate research project on representation theory of finite groups and another on parity-time symmetry in quantum mechanics. He spent summer 2020 writing about all areas of science for Scientific American through the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program. Most recently, he wrote about particle physics for Fermilab and Symmetry. He sees math as a window into both the mysteries of the universe and the intricacies of our human world and is passionate about connecting mathematicians and the public. You can read his work here and find him on Twitter as @scotthersh314.

Vanessa Rivera-Quiñones

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.

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.

Leila Sloman

I am a mathematician and writer, currently pursuing my Ph.D. at Stanford University under the supervision of Lenya Ryzhik. I study partial differential equations and probability.

In 2019, I was lucky enough to spend a summer at Scientific American as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow. I also contribute to the American Mathematical Society's "Math in the Media" blog. Check out my writing here.