March 30 Day 1117: Is It Time?

I have been writing this blog for over 3 years—initially contributions were daily but now they are trickling to just a few each month. Is it time to declare Math in the Time of Corona a thing of the past?

Evidence in favor of a positive response:

  • The state of emergency declare by Washington’s Governor Inslee, expired October 31, 2022. The masking requirements for health care and correctional facilities expires April 3, 2023.
  • Johns Hopkins University has stopped collecting and reporting COVID data as of March 10, 2023.
  • Traveling through the Seattle-Tacoma airport yesterday, fewer than 5% of the people present were wearing masks.
  • On a personal note, this weekend, I am fulfilling my final COVID speaking engagements (which were doubly postponed!) Today I gave the Buckeye Lecture at Eastern Michigan University. Tomorrow, I speak at the MAA Michigan Section/ MichMATYC Spring Meeting.

Evidence in favor of a negative response:

  • COVID remains. Students, faculty, and administrators are testing positive—and I am still continually adjusting what I do because of it. Just not a daily basis. Endemic, which some experts believe we have reached, means the disease persists with a predictable spread. So really, I will always be doing math in the time of Corona.
  • A yes would mean that I would be obliged to end this blog. And I don’t really want to do that.

Perhaps I should just accept the new reality and transition this blog to a new theme. But I definitely need a catchy title. Any ideas?

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 2021-2022. Past-President of MAA 2023.

One thought on “March 30 Day 1117: Is It Time?

  1. Definitely keep the blog!  How about “Math After the Corona”? 🙂



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