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PSD Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation: Administration and Staff.
About the Department:
The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) is an NSF-funded mathematical sciences research institute housed in the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, Hyde Park Campus. IMSI is operated in partnership with Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IMSI hosts and facilitates research, education outreach, public engagement, and workforce development programs in the mathematical sciences. Participants in IMSI activities come from the international scientific and technology community. Research at IMSI is focused primarily on applications in defined thematic areas, currently including: climate science, data & information, health care & medicine, materials science, quantum computing & information, and quantifying uncertainty.
Communications is one of IMSI’s three strategic pillars (Science, Communications, Broadening Participation) and will be key to building an audience for IMSI research and among IMSI researchers and their colleagues, translating IMSI science for broad audiences, and lowering the barriers to participation in the mathematical science and in IMSI activities among scientists from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences. Reporting to the Executive Director, IMSI seeks a Director of Communications and Engagement (DCE) who will play a leadership role in developing and carrying out IMSI’s comprehensive communications and public engagement plan. An essential element of the DCE’s responsibilities will be communications training for IMSI participants; and developing, implementing, and disseminating evidence-based leading practices in science communications. The DCE will be an essential partner in building an inclusive culture in IMSI activities by facilitating engagement between IMSI participants, UChicago’s local, regional, and global community, and by partnering with local universities, K-12 schools, and non-profits in public engagement programs.