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Dr. francesca bernardi

ph.d. // m.sc. // m.eng.

dean's post-doctoral scholar

department of mathematics, florida state university



joint mathematics meeting - san diego, ca

I am excited to attend for the second time the Joint Mathematics Meeting from January 10th to 13th, 2018 in San Diego, CA. I will be participating in several events and sessions. I will be giving presentations about my Fluids research, about mentoring, and about outreach. [See Details.]

Minisymposium talk at SIAM - Analysis of PDEs Conference

I am presenting as part of the Fluid-Boundary Interactions minisymposium at the SIAM Analysis of PDEs conference in Baltimore, MD. My talk titled How Boundaries Shape Chemical Deliveries in Microfluidics is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 3:30pm in room 322.  [View Abstract.] 

Widely Applied Mathematics Special Seminar at Harvard University

I have been invited to give a special seminar in the Widely Applied Mathematics Seminar Series at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). My presentation titled Symmetry-Breaking in Passive Scalars Advected by Laminar Shear Flow is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 11:00am.

aps division of fluid dynamics conference

I am presenting at the 2017 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics conference in Denver, CO. My research talk is part of the General Fluid Dynamics II session and is scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st at 9:31am in room 708. [Program ListingAbstract (M22.00008).]  I will also be part of Poster Session I with a technical poster on education and outreach scheduled for Monday, November 20th at 3:20pm in concourse E. [Program Listing, Abstract (KP1.00131).]

FGSA Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research

I have been selected from the American Physical Society Forum on Graduate Student Affairs (FGSA) to receive the Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. I will use the award to present my work at the 2017 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics conference scheduled for November 19th-21st in Denver, CO. [See Abstract.]

invited talk at brown university -- providence, RI

I have been invited by Dr. Dan Harris to give a talk as part of the Fluids at Brown, Division of Applied Mathematics Fluids and Thermal Sciences, School of Engineering Joint Seminar Series. My presentation titled Symmetry-breaking in passive scalars advected by laminar shear flow is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th at 3pm in Barus & Holley, Room 190. [See Abstract.]

NSf includes watch us grant award

Together with Katrina Morgan (fellow PhD candidate at UNC), and with Dr. Katie Newhall as Faculty Advisor, I have been awarded funds through the WATCH US grant from the NSF INCLUDES program. The funding will be used to organize the first "Association for Women in Mathematics Triangle Conference" tailored to undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented minorities.



I work in fluid dynamics, with a special interest on passive tracers spreading in laminar fluid flow. I work under the guidance of Dr. Roberto Camassa and Dr. Richard M. McLaughlin as a member of the Joint Applied Mathematics and Marine Sciences Fluids Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



As a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am fortunate to have been able to both assist senior faculty members teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, and personally teach a variety of undergraduate courses as the instructor of record. I am the winner of the 2017 J. Burton Linker Award for Undergraduate Teaching.


Outreach and service

I strongly believe in education as a path to equality. I am invested in creating educational and professional development opportunities for female identifying individuals and minority students in STEM. It is crucial to strengthen the recruitment and retention efforts towards such underrepresented populations, especially in Mathematics. I proudly volunteer for several causes, and have organized some events of my own.



science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.

rosalind franklin, Ph.d.