November 19 Day 986: A Few AMATYC Highlights

The conference is continuing for another day but I am heading back this evening. There was plenty of positive math energy but here are some things I particularly want to remember.

Indian food last night with April Strom, Chris Rasmussen, and Peter Liljedahl followed by the second half of the AMATYC Ignite event. For the second year in a row, I was blown away by Luke Walsh and his mathematically inspired spoken word performance.

Ben Orlin’s morning keynote. I made sure to get my book signed before the talk and before the crowds. I appreciated his artistic sensibilities and classification of equations as either sweeping generalities, brazen lies, or gossip.

Working to solve a mathematical escape room. I was amazed at the energy and creativity that Vicky Mayfield and Sherri Warren bring to their classrooms on a regular basis. My team needed a few hints to unlock the box and earn our “escape artist” ribbon but eventually we got there. Loved the use of the black light. And it’s important to remember, just because we found one use for the black light didn’t mean there weren’t more.

Goodbye Toronto. Goodbye AMATYC. It was a lovely visit and I promise to try and visit again next year. I hear Omaha is nice.

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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