January 3 Day 301: Time Machine

It has been more than fifteen years since my family moved to Tacoma, WA. I left a tenured position to follow my husband to the Pacific Northwest. At the time people thought I was crazy to leave without a replacement position—but keeping my family together was more important than a job or a title. Besides, I believed things would work out. And they did.

I was fortunate to be hired part-time by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) as the first Executive Director(ED) with a PhD in mathematics and continued in that position until hired as a full professor by the University of Washington Tacoma in 2007. This year, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary since the founding of AWM. To help with the celebration, I did a deep dive into old photos that I took during my time as ED. I am amazed at the people I met then, many at early stages of their careers, others as celebrated mathematicians. I will share a few with you today.

(I was still using a dedicated camera, I have not corrected the red-eye, and selfies were not yet a thing.)

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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