April 2 Day 755: Making the Most of the Emergency Interruption

It was the final contributed talk session of the PNW MAA Spring Meeting. Dr. Ksenija Simic-Muller was in the middle of her presentation on humanizing and rehumanizing mathematics when the fire alarms were triggered.

We proceeded out of the building in a calm and orderly fashion.

And made use of the interruption to take a conference photo.

Selfie during the conference photo on the stairs to nowhere.

Thirty minutes later we were allowed back into the building. There were fire department vehicles out the back window. Apparently a sprinkler system failed in a neighboring building. Everyone took it in stride.

It was a wonderful day. First it was beautiful and sunny when the weather report led us to believe it would be gray and raining. The cherry trees were in bloom (do all Washington Universities have ornamental cherry trees?) Here is a brief gallery of the day’s events.

MAA/NAM speaker Talea Mayo and daughter D.

What a grand meeting. Good friends. great talks. Math community. Now it’s time to head home.

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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