The Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific
Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing award
recognizes an individual with outstanding achievements in
scientific scholarship, a strong civic presence within the
scientific community, and a dedication to the attainment of
true ethnic diversity in computing and related disciplines.
The recipient of the award is devoted to the principle of
equity in both theory and practice, and
demonstrates leadership in applying creative solutions to
the difficult social, cultural, technical and political
problems of diversifying computing.
This year, the award will be presented to Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez
at the 2003 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference,
taking place October 15-18, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez is Professor of Biomathematics in
the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational
Biology and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell
The research of Carlos Castillo-Chavez involves the
use of dynamical systems, stochastic processes and
computational approaches in the study of questions
arising in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology,
epidemiology, demography, social dynamics, population dynamics, and
The research is driven by the role that social and
population structure has on the dynamics of specific
diseases including HIV/AIDS (impact of behavior, long
periods of infectiousness, variable infectivity,
co-infections, prostitution, social networks, vaccine
efficacy and parameter estimation), influenza, tuberculosis
(impact of exogeneous infection, variable progression rates,
vaccination, public transportantion, generalized
households), Chagas disease (control) and foot and mouth
disease (Uruguay). He is currently working on the impact
of the deliberate release of biological agents into the
Dr. Castillo-Chavez has received numerous awards for his
research, outreach and mentorship work, including two White
House Awards (1992 and 1997), a QEM Mathematics, Science and
Engineering Network 200 Giants in Science Award, and the
2001 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the
Advancement of Chicanos, Latinos, and Native Americans in
Science (SACNAS). He was recognized by his alma mater, the
University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point as a distinguished
alumnus in 1999.
The Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory
has named him the 2003 Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar.
At Cornell, he is the Director of the
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) which
provides research opportunities to about thirty-two
undergraduate students each summer, particularly to students
from underrepresented groups and nonselective
universities. MTBI has also provided research opportunities
to students and faculty from developing countries and to
minority US graduate students.
He has co-authored or edited five books and
about one hundred articles since he joined the faculty at
Cornell in 1988.