March 18 Day 1105: Just a Regular Member

This weekend was the MAA Pacific Northwest Section Spring Meeting at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. We enjoyed clear warm weather and uplifting mathematical talks. Usually at MAA Section meetings I have one or more obligations—whether giving a talk, participating on a panel, running a workshop, or attending executive committee meetings. Today, I hadContinue reading “March 18 Day 1105: Just a Regular Member”

March 6 Day 1093: Where Were You?

It was three years ago today that UW President Ana Mari Cauce sent this email: The Friday morning message called for emergency remote teaching by the very next workday. The speed of the transition was dizzying. I was on a writing retreat at Pack Forest with a handful of my Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences colleagues.Continue reading “March 6 Day 1093: Where Were You?”

February 22 Day 1081: Math People

These people right here, they are my kind of people—math people. Not necessarily math majors but students choosing to spend their lunch hour participating in an Integral Bee. There was community, celebration, a few extra credit points, and yes…integrals. The Math Club at UW Tacoma organized it, advertised it, and made it a reality. MathContinue reading “February 22 Day 1081: Math People”

September 21 Day 927: Red-eye

It’s the start of the new academic year. Two retreats are done—Science and Math Division last Friday and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences yesterday. Classes start one week from today. I’m not ready but I will be. Tomorrow is the math Faculty retreat. I won’t be there because I’m flying east to NYC on a red-eye.Continue reading “September 21 Day 927: Red-eye”

August 27 Day 902: Spreading Math Joy

#TacomaMath participated in the 18th Annual Back To School Bash hosted by Pastor Kevin Rogers and the City of Faith Christian Center. It was amazing! My son Anson and I arrived an hour early at 9 am and families were already lining up to participate. Free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, immunization clinics, and sports physicalsContinue reading “August 27 Day 902: Spreading Math Joy”

August 23 Day 898: One Thing About Tacoma

I love the artists in Tacoma that share their work by hiding things around town. Whether Monkeyshines, Beautiful Angle, TacomaRocks, or other rogues, there is something magical about happening upon an artistic surprise—especially when its not expected. It never fails to lift my heart and brighten my day. On this morning’s walk, I spied twoContinue reading “August 23 Day 898: One Thing About Tacoma”

July 28 Day 872: Gone Fishing

It’s been hot in the Pacific Northwest this week. To beat the heat, I took a walk along the waterfront as the sun was rising. Seems like others had the same idea. The place was bustling with joggers, bicyclists, and fisherfolk. I was a little late getting up and so I missed the morning’s fullContinue reading “July 28 Day 872: Gone Fishing”

June 10 Day 824: Mathematical Celebration

Behold the amazing UW Tacoma students gathering to celebrate their achievements after an unexpectedly difficult academic year. Tacoma grit? They’ve shown it. I couldn’t be more proud to gather in community and celebrate their accomplishments. Today was the official last day of the spring quarter, marked by a celebration of UW Tacoma math students andContinue reading “June 10 Day 824: Mathematical Celebration”

March 12 Day 734: Section Reflection

Congratulations to the MAA SE Section on their Centennial. It was an honor to celebrate this milestone at their Spring 2022 meeting hosted by Berry College. The signage was impressive—from the huge welcome at the entrance to the wayfinding signs throughout, there was never a doubt where to go next. This was their first in-personContinue reading “March 12 Day 734: Section Reflection”

January 27 Day 690: I Changed My Mind

I do want to talk about Wordle. As opposed to January 24 Day 687: We Don’t Talk About Wordle. Let me set the stage. I am trying to teach in person. In reality, I am teaching a synchronous remote course from the classroom. Only one human being joined me on campus this morning (13 othersContinue reading “January 27 Day 690: I Changed My Mind”