About Us

Lathisms was founded in 2016 in order to showcase the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic mathematicians during Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated in the United States from September 15 and October 15 every year. During this time we featured/revealed a prominent Latinx/Hispanic mathematician daily, providing a biography and information on their research, teaching and service contributions. The 2016 Lathisms calendar was highlighted in the article "Lathisms: Latin@s and Hispanics in Mathematical Sciences" (Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 63, Number 9) and the American Mathematical Society supported this endeavor by creating and distributing a poster "Latin@s and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences." You can order a copy here.

Lathisms continued in 2017, featuring thirty more Latinx and Hispanic Mathematicians and leaving the last day, October 15th, 2017 as a call for nominations for the year 2018 Lathisms calendar. Based on nominations made by you, our readers, the 2018 Lathisms Calendar features the contributions of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career mathematicians - the future of our Lathisms community! A few of the 2018 Lathisms honoree’s have also appeared in an article titled: "2018 Lathisms: Latinxs and Hispanics in the Mathematical Sciences," featured in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 65, Number 8.

This website has been made possible by the support of the American Mathematical Society, a Tensor SUMMA grant from the Mathematics Association of America, Williams College and the Writing Center at Youngstown State Univeristy.

Lathisms Founders

Dr. Alexander Diaz-Lopez

Dr. Alexander Diaz-Lopez is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Villanova University. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. His research interests are in algebraic combinatorics related to Coxeter groups, root systems, and arithmetical structures. Alexander is associate editor of Notices of the AMS, member of the SACNAS Math Task Force, Project NExT Fellow, CURM grant recipient, co-founder of the Math Discovery Bootcamp at Villanova University, and co-founder of Lathisms.

Dr. Pamela E. Harris

Dr. Pamela E. Harris is a Mexican-American Assistant Professor in the department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College. She received her B.S. from Marquette University, M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was a Davies Fellow of the National Research Council with a dual appointment at the United States Military Academy and the Army Research Lab. Her research interests are in algebra and combinatorics, particularly as these subjects relate to the representation theory of Lie algebras. In 2018, she was selected as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year by the Davies Center at Williams College and she was one of 50 women featured in the book “Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics."

Dr. Prieto-Langarica

Dr. Prieto-Langarica is Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Youngstown State University. She received her Undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 and her PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012. Prieto-Langarica's research is in the intersection of mathematics and biology, specifically problems related to the medical field. Recently she started conducting research in data science and public policy.

Dr. Gabriel Sosa

Dr. Gabriel Sosa was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He received his B.S. from Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica, while working as a Middle and High School teacher, before deciding to pursue a graduate career as a mathematician. He earned his Ph. D. in mathematics from Purdue University and currently holds a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Amherst College. His research interests include Combinatorial and Computational Commutative Algebra, Graph Theory and Mathematics Education.