November 4 Day 606: Spirals and Twists and Tiles, Oh My!

Traveling for the second weekend in a row, I returned to Seattle-Tacoma International airport at the crack of dawn this morning. It was dark and wet. But that is nothing new in the Pacific Northwest.

I am grateful for the small gifts that I received today like:

  • My husband as chauffeur. He drove me to the airport and we had a really great conversation despite the earliness of the hour.
  • A delightful stranger as my row mate. She made the time fly (literally and figuratively).
  • The empty seat on the airplane between us. It possibly could have been the only one.
  • A nice tailwind leading to an early arrival. I had enough time to check into the hotel and then head over to MAA HQ for a wonderful staff celebration.

I have been President of the Mathematical Association of America since February 1, 2021 and began as President-elect a year earlier. While I have visited HQ in the before time, this was my first trip back since the pandemic and certainly my first trip as president. I took my picture with my picture at the base of the spiral stairs.

This is also the last time we will meet in this location. You can read more about the transition in the forthcoming issue of MAA Focus. This historic building has some lovely treasures. I wanted to share them with you tonight.

Cover photo is from the base of the staircase looking up.

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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