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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

Jaco Eminent Faculty 2017

       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.

OK-LSAMP at Field of Dreams Conference

 

OK-LSAMP Attendees: Ward, Beauty-Joy, Dr. Jaco, Dante
                                               OK-LSAMP 2017 Field of Dreams Conference Attendees
                             Pictured from left to right: Wade Peterson, Beautiful-Joy Fields, Dr. Jaco, Dante Huerta

                                    

OK-LSAMP students attended the 2017 Field of Dreams Conference in St. Louis from November 3- November 5. The Field of Dreams Conference is put on by The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, to help attain the goal of "ensuring that every underrepresented or underserved American student with the talent and the ambition has the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical science."  Specifically, this conference brings together faculty, undergraduate student and graduate students to work together, sharing strategies for graduate success, tips on finding the best fit graduate program, advice on the graduate school application process, and discussing the positive and negatives of different career paths. 

This year's conference featured keynote speaker Dr. Garikai Campbell, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morehouse College. In addition, Dr. Christine Darden, a retired NASA Mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer, spoke and was a panelist on "Hidden Figures No More." 

Oklahoma State University is proud to be the lead institution of The Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP). Department of Mathematics Head, Dr. Jaco, attended the 2017 Field of Dreams Conference to represent OK-LSAMP and show Oklahoma State University's commitment to helping all students to Connect, Achieve and Succeed.