This volume presents the proceedings of the Fourth Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences held at the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice University (Houston). The included talks and poster presentations offer a broad perspective to the critical issues involving minority participation in mathematics. The issues explored are relevant not only to African American researchers, but also to the mathematical community in general. This volume is the second published by the AMS (see ""DIMACS"" series, volume 34) presenting expository and research papers by distinguished African American mathematicians. In addition to filling the existing gap on African American contributions to mathematics, this book provides leadership direction and role models for students.
Research talks: Finite sums and products in Ramsey theory by E. A. Terry Computing an exact solution in interior-point methods for linear programming by P. J. Williams, A. S. El-Bakry, and R. A. Tapia Just the facts, Jack: Truths and myths of automated theorem provers by R. Moten On the Sendov conjecture for polynomials with real critical points by J. E. Brown Chaos in relaxed Newton's method: The quadratic case by L. Billings, J. H. Curry, and V. Robins Almost automorphic functions and applications to abstract evolution equations by G. M. N'guerekata Moduli of complete intersections in weighted projective spaces by A. Fauntleroy Asymptotic behavior of characters of representations of semi-simple Lie groups by D. R. King Poster presentations: A note on Riordan matrices by A. Nkwanta and N. Knox Robustness of parameter estimates in misspecified generalized linear mixed models by K. Weems Historical articles: Contemporary national mathematics education issues and the civic mathematician by R. Tapia A brief history of the National Association of Mathematicians, Inc. by J. L. Houston Black research mathematicians in the United States by S. W. Williams.