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May 12, 2021

In Memoriam: Marion Walter, 1928–2021

We are saddened to report that Professor Emerita Marion Walter passed away recently at the age of 92. Marion was a world-renowned mathematics educator and a beloved teacher of teachers of mathematics. She received a master’s degree in mathematics at NYU in 1954 and a Doctorate of Education from Harvard in 1967. She taught high school mathematics while pursuing her master’s degree, was a teaching fellow at Cornell University, taught at Simmons College (where she created the math major), and was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where she taught prospective elementary and high school teachers.

Marion came to UO in 1977, where she specialized in the instruction of courses that trained future teachers. She retired in 1994. In her honor the UO Mathematics Department gives out the Marion Walter Future Teachers Award each year to a distinguished graduating senior who is beginning a career in teaching.

In addition to her teaching Marion is known for her wonderful books, such as “The Art of Problem Posing” that she wrote with Stephen Brown and “The Magic Mirror Book” which was aimed at teaching children about symmetry. Her most well-known contribution to mathematics is “The Marion Walter Theorem” (often affectionately just called “Marion’s Theorem”) which concerns the area of the hexagon created when lines are drawn from the vertices of a triangle to the trisection points on the opposite side. Marion was also very interested throughout her life in the connections between math and art.

Marion has her own Wikipedia page, so you can read about her life here:

Marion Walter Wikipedia

There are also good articles about her life at the following links:

Celebrating Marion Walter – and other unsung female mathematicians

MacTutor Biography

Introducing the Marion Walter Collection

Marion was a beloved member of the UO Math Department and will be missed terribly.

Cathy Hsu – MAA AWM Lecturer

Cathy Hsu, who got her PhD from the University of Oregon in 2018, has been named MAA AWM Lecturer for 2021–2024

AJ Stewart – 2021-2022 AMS Congressional Fellow

AJ Stewart, who got his PhD from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a dissertation on algebraic geometry, was named the new AMS Congressional Fellow

April 15, 2021

AMS event – Q&A with Dr. Pamela Harris

The student chapter of the AMS will host and moderate a Q&A with Dr. Pamela Harris on Thursday, May 20th, 10-11am Pacific. Dr. Harris is an associate professor at Williams College who works in algebraic combinatorics. According to her website, Dr. Harris’ “professional mission is to develop learning communities that reinforce students’ self-identity as scientists, in particular for women and underrepresented minorities.”

Last term, several graduate students read Dr. Harris’ recently-published book “Asked and Answered: Dialogues on Advocating for Students of Color in Mathematics,” co-authored with Dr. Aris Winger of Georgia Gwinnett College. In the spirit of the book’s format, our chapter of the AMS will host Dr. Pamela Harris for a moderated hour-long question and answer session to dive deeper into some questions from our conversations. We will collect questions ahead of time to send to Dr. Harris and encourage participants to ask follow-up questions and engage in an honest (unrecorded) conversation on supporting students of color.

To participate most fully in this event, we recommend reading “Asked and Answered” and/or listening to a few episodes of Drs. Harris and Winger’s podcast “Mathematically Uncensored.”

Shabnam Akhtari – Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Cornell University have awarded Shabnam Akhtari the 2021–2022 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize. Shabnam Akhtari was selected to receive the Michler Prize to pursue her proposed research on classical Diophantine equations, in particular to study index form equations and their applications to understanding the structure of rings in algebraic number fields. Please read the full press release for more details.

April 9, 2021

Maria Fox

Congratulations to Maria Fox, currently a Paul Olum Postdoctoral Scholar, on winning a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue her work at the University of Oregon.

Daniel Hothem

Daniel Hothem is representing the University in a one person quiz bowl team in the national Intercollegiate Championship Tournament this weekend. Congratulations to Daniel on reaching the national tournament.

March 1, 2021

AWM Student Chapter Distinguished Lecture Series

Tara Holm, Professor of Mathematics at Cornell University, will deliver the winter term 2021 AWM Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, March 4th, at 4 pm.
The lecture will be given virtually via Zoom. The title of the lecture is “Understanding Symplectic Geometry through Polytopes and Lattice Points”. Click on the lecture title for the abstract, Zoom Meeting ID and passcode.

November 17, 2020

Office Update

As of November 18, 2020, the departmental staff are all working remotely. Please email us directly or message us on TEAMS.

Student Support – Mary Brown
Finance Support – Jennifer Maguire
Manager & building support – Sherilyn Schwartz

September 23, 2020

Special Undergraduate Lecture

On October 1 at 4pm the UO Mathematics Department will host a talk by Dr. Mark Goresky, who will discuss the mathematical development of spread spectrum communication but also the exciting and fascinating life of the actress Hedy Lamarr. His talk is entitled “A glamorous Hollywood star, a renegade composer, and the mathematical development of spread spectrum communication.” The talk will include discussion of Ms. Lamarr’s work as a scientist, an actress, how she fled Austria before World War II, and other aspects of her life. While parts of the talk will assume some basic knowledge of mathematics, much of the talk can be understood by undergraduates from any major.

Mark Goresky is a distinguished mathematician and engaging lecturer from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. This will be the first of two lectures given by Dr. Goresky as part of the Math Department’s Niven Lecture Series, with the second talk being a research colloquium given on October 5 entitled “Pseudo-random numbers and sequences”. Meeting details and abstracts for both talks.

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