Academic year 2021/22


My short blog entry, inspired by The Slow Professor, says: "As I start this (first ever!) year of sabbatical leave, I set goals for myself: 1) tie up loose ends, close gaps; and 2) reinvent myself." Let's get started!

What is this page all about?!
Perhaps it's a high-level diary of activities during my first ever sabbatical year... and perhaps I want to make sure I keep myself in check and not fall into "the same old routine".


I remain involved with my graduate students (obviously), but also with SoReMo (no choice really; but, frankly, the Fellows are an inspiration to me).

July/August/September 2021

I'm diving deeper into learning for nonlinear algebra:

  • attending De Loera's research group twice-weekly meetings (Zoom, unfortunately, for now);

  • speaking at Danger workshop (remote) in August 2021;

  • speaking at Breiding's kick-off workshop at MPI-Leipzig in Septembrer 2021;

  • visiting Breiding & Sturmfels at MPI-Leipzig in September 2021.

I'm diving into new topics for statistical network modeling, with my research group, locally.

I'm organizing, too:

  • accepted proposal for an AMS special session at Purdue - with Aida Maraj, who admittedly did most of the work;

  • member of the Executive Committee of MEGA 2022 conference;

  • working on a collaborative workshop proposal for BIRS;

  • submitted a long program to the new institute IMSI in Chicago for one of the upcoming quarters;

  • re-vamping organization of AS2022 - the next US-based conference on Algebraic Statistics, with Elizabeth Gross and Vishesh Karwa -- it is happening in May 2022 with support from NSF to fund junior researchers!


"How to sabbatical" has interesting tips and also defines an academic sabbatical for those random readers of this page who are wondering "what is she talking about?!".

This comment about auto-replies made me laugh; now, I no longer send out the "my inbox is paused the next few days"-type auto-replies - thank you! you're welcome!


My office at MPI Leipzig for two weeks.