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Linda J. S. Allen awarded AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

The Lecture is awarded to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics

Grant and Award Announcement

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

This year, that honor goes to Linda J. S. Allen of Texas Tech University.

Allen is being recognized for outstanding contributions in ordinary differential equations, difference equations and stochastic models, with significant applications in the areas of infectious diseases and ecology.

Allen is the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Tennessee. Since 1999, Allen has served as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech.

Allen's research interests are in applied mathematics, mathematical biology, ordinary differential equations, and stochastic processes. Her contributions have impacted the fields of mathematical epidemiology and ecological modeling.

Allen will receive her award at the SIAM Prizes and Awards Luncheon at the 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2015) in Beijing, China next month. The luncheon will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13 at the China National Convention Center.

She will deliver her associated prize lecture, "Predicting Population Extinction, Disease Outbreaks and Species Invasions Using Branching Processes," that evening from 7:00-8:00 pm in Ballroom C of the convention center.

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer receives a certificate signed by the Presidents of AWM and SIAM. The award was established jointly by the two organizations in 2002.


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