Media Roundup: UU Karen Uhlenbeck first woman to win prestigious mathematics prize

Media Roundup: UU Karen Uhlenbeck first woman to win prestigious mathematics prize

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.


UU Karen Uhlenbeck wins mathematics Abel Prize

As she left the UU church where she is a member, mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck received a text message telling her to watch for a call from Norway; when the call came, she learned that she had been awarded the Abel Prize, known as the Nobel Prize for mathematics. Uhlenbeck is the first woman to win the prize. (Glamour, 3.22.19)

For more detail about Uhlenbeck’s work, see this article from the The New York Times. (3.19.19)

UU minister and state representative to serve as Progressive Caucus co-chair

Massachusetts state representative Jack Patrick Lewis, who is also a UU minister, will join Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier as a co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus. (Wicked Local, 3.21.19)

UU poet becomes Marin County’s poet laureate

After leaving Christian fundamentalism because of its “very narrow bandwidth of thinking and feeling,” newly appointed Marin County, California, poet laureate Terry Lucas found a home in Unitarian Universalism. (Marin Independent Journal, 3.23.19)

Musicians aim to help heal the racial divide

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, in Lewes, Delaware, will host a musical presentation by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway about race in America. Susan Goekler, co-chair of the congregation’s Social & Environmental Justice Committee, said, “In UUSD’s continual effort to combat racism, we will have a performance of ‘Deeper Than The Skin,’ two musicians, one black and one white, whose aim is to heal the racial divide that troubles our nation.” (Cape Gazette, 3.24.19)

In other news

The Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund donated$22,000 to Second Chance Reentry, Inc., an organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals as they transition back into society. (The Island Now, 3.25.19)

The Rev. Nic Cable joined other religious leaders at the Indiana Statehouse to urge legislators to move forward with hate crimes legislation; Indiana is one of only five states without hate crimes laws. (NUVO, 3.22.19)