By Tom Johnson
At a panel discussion at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum last Wednesday on new ideas in mathematics, the professors were out to prove something that had nothing to do with complex theorems and the kinds of postulates only numbers geeks can love.
Instead, in “Math for the New Millennium: Ideas that Change the World,” CMC mathematics professors Asuman Aksoy P ‘05, Blake Hunter, Chiu-Ken Kao and Lenny Fukshansky endeavored to show how – in mathematics – what goes around, comes around.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Sam Nelson has received a prestigious Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Deanna Needell
Assistant professor of mathematical sciences and computer science Deanna Needell first saw the image of Lena in a computer science class in college. The photo, cropped from a Playboy magazine, shows a young female model with bare shoulders looking seductively at the camera.
“I was literally the only female in this classroom with 30 men,” says Needell. “They open their textbooks and there’s Lena, and all the men start giggling. You just feel like ‘Oh, my gosh, this woman is being materialized (in a textbook)…’ “