Eugénie Lee Hunsicker is an American mathematician who works at Loughborough University in England as a senior lecturer in pure mathematics and as director of equality and diversity for the school of science.[1] Her research in pure mathematics has concerned topics "at the intersection of analysis, geometry and topology"; she has also worked on more applied topics in data science and image classification.[2]


Eugénie Lee Hunsicker
Portrait of American Mathematician Eugenie Hunsicker in 2020
EducationHaverford College, University of Chicago
EmployerLoughborough University
AwardsSuffrage Science Award (2018)

Education and career edit

Hunsicker grew up in Iowa City, and was inspired to do mathematics in part by a high school teacher who was married to a mathematics professor at the University of Iowa. She went to Haverford College, where she was mentored by mathematician Curtis Greene, including two summers of mathematical research with Greene.[2] She also visited the University of Oxford as an exchange student, and earned an honorable mention for the 1992 Alice T. Schafer Prize for excellence in mathematics by an undergraduate woman, won that year by Zvezdelina Stankova.[3] Hunsicker graduated from Haverford magna cum laude in 1992, and went on to graduate study at the University of Chicago, supported in part by a fellowship from the American Association of University Women.[4] Her 1999 dissertation, L(2)-Cohomology and L(2)-Harmonic Forms for Complete Noncompact Kähler and Warped Product Metrics, was jointly supervised by Melvin G. Rothenberg and Kevin Corlette.[5]

She went straight from her doctorate to a faculty position at Lawrence University, a liberal arts college focused primarily on undergraduate teaching, but five years later found herself missing the research life, and after earning tenure she went on the academic job market again. She applied to Loughborough "almost on a whim" after a honeymoon visit to England,[6] and moved there in 2006.[1]

Film edit

In 2018, as Chair of the London Mathematical Society Women in Maths Committee, Hunsicker worked with filmmaker Irina Linke to produce a short film on Faces of Women in Mathematics.[7][8][9]

Recognition edit

Hunsicker won the Trevor Evans Award of the Mathematical Association of America in 2003 for her work with Laura Taalman on the mathematics of modular architecture.[10] In 2018, she won the Suffrage Science Award for Mathematics and Computing "for her achievements in science and for her work encouraging others to aim for leadership roles in the sector".[11] She was selected as a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the Class of 2021 "for leadership of the United Kingdom community of women in mathematics; tireless advocacy for women in mathematics everywhere through talks, writing, and the film 'Faces of Women in Mathematics'; and application of mathematical and statistical expertise to research into equity and diversity issues facing the mathematical community".[12]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Dr Eugénie Hunsicker", Department Staff, Loughborough University Mathematical Sciences
  2. ^ a b "Clearing the paths to careers in maths for girls – Dr. Eugenie Hunsicker, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at Loughborough University", Womanthology, April 20, 2016
  3. ^ Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2019-09-18
  4. ^ Curriculum vitae (PDF), 2005, archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-11-28
  5. ^ Eugénie Hunsicker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Powell, Kendall (November 2012), "Academia: Off the tenured track", Nature, 491 (7425): 627–629, doi:10.1038/nj7425-627a, PMID 23189319
  7. ^ Roy, Marie-Françoise; Kuznetsova, Olga (4 September 2018), Raising Awareness of The Glass Ceiling in Science, European Women in Maths
  8. ^ Vidéo "Faces of women in mathematics", Institut national des sciences mathématiques et de leurs interactions, 8 March 2018
  9. ^ Diez López, Nerea (18 February 2018), Mujeres y matemáticas: "Faces of Women in Mathematics", Royal Spanish Mathematical Society
  10. ^ Simplicity is not simple, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2019-09-18
  11. ^ Dr Hunsicker named as recipient of the Suffrage Science Award, Loughborough University, 9 October 2018
  12. ^ "The AWM Fellows Program: 2021 Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 November 2020.

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