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Doris Schattschneider Named a American Mathematical Society Fellow

Doris SchattschneiderBethlehem, Pa., January 23, 2013 –Professor emerita of mathematics Dr. Doris Schattschneider was recently inducted into the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. This was the first year for the program and Schattschneider was among more than 1,100 other mathematicians who collectively represent more than 600 institutions.

Schattschneider 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 earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. Over the course of her career, she 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.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.