Dr. Blackman is Dean of The School of Science, Health Technology at Medgar Evers College in the City University of New York. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and a former Chair of The Department of Mathematics at Medgar Evers College. He is also a former Assistant Professor in The Department of Education Research Policy and Practice in the Morgridge College of Education at The University of Denver and a former Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT).
In his role as Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology, Dr. Blackman has been a dynamic advocate for innovation in teaching, learning and research. He has committed the institution to developing a scientific culture that will successfully and sustainably recruit, retain, develop and graduate highly competent, motivated students who can advance knowledge in science, health, technology, and other areas of scholarship in a manner that will best serve our community, Central Brooklyn, our state, our nation and our world in the 21st century.
Dr. Blackman works on aspects of the Jacquet Langlands correspondence in the Langlands Program. His investigations are number-theoretic and they involve ideas from harmonic and complex analysis. They are related to Mark Kac’s famous question: Can you hear the shape of a drum? Dr. Blackman is also actively engaged in research on many issues which surround Equity & Excellence” in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in general and in urban minority communities in particular. His most recent work explores the building of capacity in the mathematical sciences in ways that promote excellence, arm and leverage the histories and cultural assets and resources of minority and underrepresented communities.
In this work Dr. Blackman and his co-author John Belcher propose a new Cultural Resonance Framework (CRF) for the teaching, learning and knowledge production in mathematics and the sciences. He has presented his work at local, national and international conferences and published in journals in both mathematics and mathematics education and his work has been supported by the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation(NSF).
Dr. Blackman is a member of the American Mathematical Society(AMS). He is a member of the Society’s prestigious Committee on Science Policy. The Committee on Science Policy serves as a forum for dialogue about matters of science policy involving representatives of the Society, government and other interested parties. It interacts with Federal agencies and policymakers; provides advice to the Society on matters of broad science policy; conducts periodic reviews of Society activities in areas of science policy; and selects those elements of AMS meeting programs which bear directly on policy questions that are within the purview of the Committee.
Dr. Blackman is also a member of The Mathematical Association of America(MAA) and The National Association of Mathematicians(NAM). He is also a contributor to the Conference of African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences(CAARMS). Dr. Blackman is a frequent public speaker on issues related to student success in mathematics.
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