November 5 Day 972: Hanging Out with Abe and Al

The MAA Board meeting ended early this afternoon and I spent the rest of my day wandering about DC. It was a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon; plenty of other folks had the same idea. I was not alone in my travels.

It started at the Renwick Gallery to see Chawne Kimber’s quilt still not (recently featured in MAA Focus) in real life. Chawne is a mathematician, Dean, activist, and avid quilter.

I also admired Janet Eschelman’s fiber art installation 1.8 Renwick—inspired by data from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Lines on the carpet are meant to be a topographic map of the surface above. It was a sensory delight as the lights changed colors and cast delicate shadows across the wall.

Then it was on to the National Mall for a visit to Abraham Lincoln with hundreds of my closest friends.

And finally a visit to the Albert Einstein Memorial outside the National Academy of Sciences. For all the years I have visited DC, I think this is my first time talking with Al….well, me and two bus loads of kids from Michigan. It makes me wish that my Dad were here with me now.

All in all it was a nice way to finish the day that marks my final MAA Board meeting as President.

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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