**Sommer Elizabeth Gentry** is an American mathematician who works as a professor of mathematics at the United States Naval Academy and as a research associate in surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research concerns operations research and its applications to the optimization of organ transplants,^{ [1] } and has led to the discovery of geographic inequities in organ allocation.^{ [2] } She is also interested in dancing, teaches swing dancing at the Naval Academy,^{ [3] } and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the mathematics and robotics of dance.^{ [4] }

Gentry is originally from California.^{ [5] } As a girl, she was inspired to continue in mathematics by the recreational mathematics columns of Martin Gardner and Ivars Peterson.^{ [6] } In 1993, as a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, Gentry had the highest individual score at the Ventura County, California county-level Academic Decathlon.^{ [7] } She graduated from Stanford University in 1998, with both a bachelor's degree in mathematical and computational sciences and a master's degree in engineering-economic systems and operations research.

She completed her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005.^{ [1] } Her dissertation, *Dancing cheek to cheek: haptic communication between partner dancers and swing as a finite state machine*, was supervised by Eric Feron.^{ [4] } In her doctoral research, she modeled the language and notation of dance mathematically using finite state machines, programmed a robot to dance,^{ [8] } and used her model to improve haptic communications between humans and robots, with the goal of eventually producing human-machine surgical collaborations that could be more effective than human or robotic surgeons working alone.^{ [9] }^{ [10] }

Gentry is married to Israeli surgeon Dorry Segev. She met him at a Lindy Hop dance competition in 1999, and a few years later they won the British Championship in Lindy Hop. She has also worked with Segev on the Kidney Paired Donation program.^{ [5] }

In 2017, Gentry was a competitor on the Fox Television game show *Superhuman*.^{ [11] }

She has also been a vocal critic of the airport passenger screening procedures of the US Transportation Security Administration, which she characterizes as sexual assault.^{ [12] }

Gentry won the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member of the Mathematical Association of America in 2009.^{ [13] } She won the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2014,^{ [1] } and in the same year was a finalist for the INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.^{ [14] } She will deliver a Mathematical Association of America (MAA) invited lecture at MathFest 2021.^{ [15] }

**John Jay Science and Engineering Academy** is a magnet school in San Antonio, Texas which provides an academic education in a digital environment. Students and teachers pursue research projects that are collaboratively designed to develop critical thinking, technological competence, and academic achievement. The Academy is a "school within a school" sharing the campus of John Jay High School with a mission to provide students with a curriculum in science, engineering, math, and technology that will prepare them for further study and careers in science and engineering.

**Evelyn Boyd Granville** was the second African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from an American University; she earned it in 1949 from Yale University. She graduated from Smith College in 1945. She performed pioneering work in the field of computing.

The **George R. Brown School of Engineering** is an academic school at Rice University in Houston, Texas. It contains the departments of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Statistics. Engineering has been part of Rice's curriculum since the university's founding in 1912, but the school was not established as its own unit until 1975.

"**Harvest**" is the 14th episode of the second season of the American television show *Numb3rs*. Inspired by a *Christian Science Monitor* article about organ tourists, people who travel to a different country to give their organs for money, and an algorithm developed in the United States, the episode features Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and mathematicians attempting to locate a missing organ tourist before she is killed.

**Gloria Conyers Hewitt** is an American mathematician. She was the fourth African-American woman to receive a PhD in Mathematics. Her main research interests were in group theory and abstract algebra. She is the first African American woman to chair a math department in the United States.

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**Zvezdelina Entcheva Stankova** is a professor of mathematics at Mills College and a teaching professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the founder of the Berkeley Math Circle, and an expert in the combinatorial enumeration of permutations with forbidden patterns.

**Dorry L. Segev** is the Israeli-born Marjory K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Associate Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has made significant contributions to the field of transplantation, including developing a mathematical model to facilitate a nationwide Kidney Paired Donation program, both in the US and Canada. He is also known for his role in getting the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act signed into law.

**Talithia Williams** is an American statistician and mathematician at Harvey Mudd College who researches the spatiotemporal structure of data. She was the first black woman to achieve tenure at Harvey Mudd College. Williams is an advocate for engaging more African Americans in engineering and science.

**Erica N. Walker** is an American mathematician and the Clifford Brewster Upton Professor of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology and as the Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Walker’s research focuses on the "social and cultural factors as well as educational policies and practices that facilitate mathematics engagement, learning and performance, especially for underserved students".

**Katalin L. Vesztergombi** is a Hungarian mathematician known for her contributions to graph theory and discrete geometry. A student of Vera T. Sós and a co-author of Paul Erdős, she is an emeritus associate professor at Eötvös Loránd University and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

**Laura Anne Taalman**, also known as **mathgrrl**, is an American mathematician known for her work on the mathematics of Sudoku and for her mathematical 3D printing models. Her mathematical research concerns knot theory and singular algebraic geometry; she is a professor of mathematics at James Madison University.

**Jennifer McLoud-Mann** is an American mathematician known for her 2015 discovery, with Casey Mann and undergraduate student David Von Derau, of the 15th and last class of convex pentagons to tile the plane. She is a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell, where she is currently the Vice Dean of Curriculum & Instruction of the School of STEM. Beyond tiling, her research interests include knot theory and combinatorics.

**Rachel Levy** is an American mathematician and blogger who has served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America(2018-2020). As a faculty member at Harvey Mudd College from 2007-2019 her research was in applied mathematics, including the mathematical modeling of thin films, and the applications of fluid mechanics to biology. This work was funded by The National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and US Office of Naval Research.

**Sarah J. Greenwald** is Professor of Mathematics at Appalachian State University and Faculty Affiliate of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies.

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*Sommer Gentry*, United States Naval Academy , retrieved 2019-08-27 - ↑ Johns Hopkins Medicine (December 17, 2018),
*Study affirms geographic discrimination in allocating lungs for transplant*– via Eurekalert - ↑ Pacella, Rachael (April 22, 2018), "Naval Academy professor teaches by doing in both dance, math",
*Washington Times* - 1 2 Sommer Gentry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- 1 2 Mccauley, Mary Carole (November 14, 2012), "'Genius' pair rewrite rules of organ transplants, among other interests", Sun Magazine,
*Baltimore Sun* - ↑ "An Interview with Sommer Gentry" (PDF),
*Girls' Angle Bulletin*,**10**(3): 3, February–March 2017 - ↑ Sommer, Constance (November 21, 1993), "Moorpark High Wins Academic Decathlon",
*Los Angeles Times* - ↑ "MIT Student Dances With Robots",
*ScienceDaily*, February 6, 2004 - ↑ Mackenzie, Dana (December 26, 2004), "A Matter of Balance", Non-Trivial Pursuits,
*SIAM News* - ↑ "Jiving With a Machine",
*Science*,**303**(5664): 1609a, March 2004, doi:10.1126/science.303.5664.1609a, S2CID 220093283 - ↑ Britto, Brittany (July 18, 2017), "Canton resident, Naval Academy math professor to display puzzle-solving skills on Fox's 'Superhuman'",
*Baltimore Sun* - ↑ Boyle, Tim (November 30, 2004),
*Women complain about airport patdowns: Intrusive searches by TSA employees described as humiliating*, NBC News; Johnson, Keith (March 2, 2012), "More Women Speaking Out About Humiliating Experiences With TSA",*American Free Press*; Elliott, Christopher (July 28, 2014), "How the TSA beat fliers into submission",*USA Today*;*Statement of Sommer Gentry to ASAC - Transportation Security* - ↑
*Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning Faculty Member*, Mathematical Association of America , retrieved 2019-08-27 - ↑ "Sommer Gentry",
*Recognizing Excellence*, INFORMS , retrieved 2019-08-27 - ↑ "Invited Addresses | Mathematical Association of America".
*www.maa.org*. Retrieved 2021-06-04.

- Sommer and Dorry (shared personal page)
- Sommer Gentry publications indexed by Google Scholar

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