Why this? Why now?

I started journaling the day after the announcement that the University of Washington’s three campus’s classes would suspend face-to-face interactions and go online. Mostly posts were on Facebook. Some were on MAA Connect, the Mathematical Association of America’s member platform. Maybe it’s because I was in the leading edge of the emergency transition. Maybe its because I felt a duty to other mathematicians going through the same ordeal. Regardless, I kept thinking, writing, and voicing my doubts, concerns, successes, and vulnerabilities.

I will start by chronologically posting each day from the beginning and then continue into the foreseeable future. I will stop when I no longer feel there is a need. And I hope that day is soon.

I have been told that what I post has resonated with folks–not just mathematicians, not just teachers, but many people experiencing this wild and crazy episode. Sometimes I am serious. Sometimes I am funny. Sometimes I can be a little saccharine. If you find any comfort, then I consider it a success.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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