Outstanding Mathematics Students

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The Department of Mathematics is proud to have students recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences' Student Awards Ceremony, as well as our own Student Recognition Ceremony. Above are photos of just a few of our outstanding students. We are happy to have had them in classes and look forward to their future success.

 

Shifting Ammann in Brightest Orange

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The Mathematics Learning Success Center is a great place for students to get help with their math homework, join a study group for an upcoming exam, or work on ALEKS modules in the computer lab.  While tutoring labs are often imagined as dreary and dark rooms, the MLSC can change your perspective.  The space is welcoming and bright, with an abundance of windows and glass walls.

With the goal of incorporating math into the design, the MLSC has added a mathematical art piece to the center. Designed by Edmund Harriss, Shifting Ammann in Brightest Orange was unveiled on March 29th with a talk by the artist. The Department of Mathematics Head, Dr. Bus Jaco, President Hargis, and Provost Sandefur, gave comments.

Dr. Edmund Harriss of the University of Arkansas personified his art. Funny and approachable, the mathematician described what he hopes to achieve with all of his projects; to deliver the slightly impenetrable mathematics in ways that people can appreciate them. Whether this is done by introducing fun and toy-like Curvahedra as a way to expose 7 and 8 year olds to graduate level concepts or demonstrating the mathematics behind a fascinatingly beautiful piece of wall art.

While the name of the piece, Shifting Amman in Brightest Orange, appears abstract at first glance it is as calculated as the mathematics that composes it. Dr. Harriss broke down the name:

Shifting– There is an underlying pattern with another pattern on top that is slowly shifting throughout the piece.

Ammann- Taken from the Amman-Beenker tiling that works its way through the piece. This takes 2 shapes (rhombus and square) and expands them putting the central motif onto itself on many different scales.  

Brightest Orange- Oklahoma State University is America’s Brightest Orange and that decided the piece’s color.

Everyone who spoke at the unveiling appreciated what cross-disciplinary understanding and collaboration can do for the arts and mathematics. Even further, how the two may not be separate entities at all. The MLSC looks forward to adding more artistic expressions of mathematical concepts in the future.

Dr. Jaco receives Eminent Faculty Award

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       Dr. Pamela Fry, Vice Provost, presents Dr. William Jaco with the 2017 Eminent Faculty Award

 

Dr. William Jaco was awarded the Eminent Faculty Award on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. He is being honored for his sustained, outstanding contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching, and service, thus bringing honor and recognition to Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Jaco’s service to Oklahoma State University and the Department of Mathematics is abounding. He has served as Head of the Department of Mathematics on two separate occasions; 1982-1987 and 2011- present. He has been the Executive Director of the Initiative for Mathematics Learning by Inquiry since 2016, a Regents Professor since 2008, and a Grayce B. Kerr Endowed Chair since 1993.

The Department of Mathematics at OSU is fortunate to have Dr. Jaco. He is a venerable faculty member who is regularly reaching out to bring resources to Oklahoma State University, while maintaining a bolstering presence at conferences and other math functions. Congratulations to Dr. William "Bus" Jaco on receiving Oklahoma State University’s highest faculty honor. 

You can find more about Dr. Jaco’s award here.