In episode #7 we speak to Professor Irene Fonseca, Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Nonlinear Analysis and Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellow for INI’s “Mathematical design of new materials” programme. Subjects touched upon include the power of academic interactions, the obligations placed upon high-achieving female mathematicians, a love of painting and being knighted by the “Military Order of St James of the Sword”. Hosted by: Dan Aspel (INI Communications Manager).
00:00 – Introduction and recent activities
02:35 – Pittsburgh, Portugal and a career overview
03:40 – The benefits of academic travel
06:40 – Being President of SIAM, encouraging engagement
08:10 – The “Mathematical design of new materials” (DNM) programme and the “exceptional” involvement of women
12:28 – The power of intra- and inter-disciplinary interactions
15:15 – Exciting research prospects: composite materials and material defects
18:21 – Feelings about the “Kirk Visiting Distinguished Fellowship” scheme, the “highlighting” of women in mathematics and ways to redress the gender imbalance
26:05 – Too many obligations can be a burden, but there is always choice
28:36 – The Kirk Fellowship keynote talk
32:09 – Surprise #1: before mathematics there was painting
35:25 – Surprise #2: receiving a knighthood, the “Military Order of St James of the Sword” technically being a “Dame”
The realities of academic life and the power of the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, an interview with Professor Irene Fonseca
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