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Moravian College to host 21st annual Student Mathematics Conference

Dr. Doris Schattschneider, professor emerita of mathematics will discuss Escher’s Combinatorial Problem

Bethlehem, Pa., February 8, 2007—Moravian College will host the 21st annual Student Mathematics Conference on Saturday, February 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex (PPHAC) Atrium on the College’s Main Street Campus. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Doris Schattschneider, professor emerita of  mathematics, Moravian College, who will discuss Escher’s Combinatorial Problem and what it led to.  The LVAIC Math Competition Award Presentations will be conducted at 10:35 a.m.. Student presentations of research experiences, honors projects, course projects, or interesting ideas developed by undergraduates will begin at 10:50 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Student talks will resume at 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to the conclusion of the conference.

Schattschneider earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University, and taught at Moravian College for 34 years. She served as geometer and senior associate on the NSF-funded Visual Geometry Project that produced the software The Geometer's Sketchpad, along with videos and activity books on polyhedra and symmetry. She has lectured and given workshops on more than 80 campuses, and at national and international meetings, on the topics of tiling and polyhedra, dynamic geometry, geometry and art, and visualization in teaching. Schattschneider has written more than 40 articles, and is the author or coauthor of 4 books and 3 activity books. She has been active in the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) at all levels and was editor of Mathematics Magazine from 1981 to 1985. In 1993, she received the national MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching of College or University Mathematics.

Schattschneider is a leading expert on the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, who carried out experiments in printing repeating patterns with small carved wooden squares that contained a simple motif of crossing bands, using a purely algorithmic scheme. He asked and answered combinatorial questions about these patterns, and opened the door to many tantalizing questions that have recently been addressed by mathematicians and computer scientists.

The pre-registration deadline is February 12 and may be done using the online registration form. Fees are $4.00 for all students and faculty; onsite fee $5.00.  The buffet lunch is $6.00 for those who pre-register by February 12; $8.00 day of conference if reservations are available.  Student speakers will receive a complimentary lunch.  For additional information please visit the website http://math.moravian.edu/conference.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Moravian College chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, with support from the United Student Government (USG) and the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) are collaborating to sponsor the conference.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.