Category Archives: Attendee spotlights

Personal reflections from the 2019 JMM- Yen Duong

When I first met my husband, he had just attended the wedding of his ex-girlfriend of six years.  He told me about that unsteady Sliding Doors– type feeling during the toasts and comments about the bride, because he knew all of those inside jokes and funny quirks that make her so lovable (and she is great!) It’s a “that could’ve been me” feeling- not a “that should be me”, but just, if the sun came out a minute later one day or the toast wasn’t burned another day or you had stopped to talk to that student, everything could’ve been different.  That’s an approximation of how I’ve felt at these meetings.

Hi! I’m Yen, professional writer and JMM 2019 blogger and also math Ph.D. An old REU friend I hadn’t seen in ten years asked me yesterday what piece I am most proud of, and I told her it was this one in the Notices:

So, true to form, I’ll write about my innermost personal thoughts in a public forum. Read more »

A conversation with Sheri Tamagawa

University of California mathematician Sheri Tamagawa shares her impressions of JMM 2019.

A conversation with Autumn Kent

University of Wisconsin at Madison professor Autumn Kent talks about her time at JMM 2019.

A conversation with Rebecca Segal

Virginia Commonwealth University professor Rebecca Segal talks about her time at JMM 2019.

A conversation with mathematician Louis Camara

Middle Georgia State University Professor Louis Camara.

Math is Beautiful: A Snapshot from the JMM Exhibits Hall

Diana Davis with earrings

Diana Davis at the Math is Beautiful booth in aisle 200 of the exhibit hall.

There is so much beautiful math in the exhibits hall–seriously, there is no way I could give a survey of everything down here!  So instead I’ll just share a snapshot (or a few) of one of the great exhibitors. Diana Davis is a mathematician studying periodic billiard paths (primarily on pentagons!), a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore, and Artist/Creative Chief/CEO of Math is Beautiful (“But it’s just me,” Diana says when I run this title by her–yes, she is the sole employee of her small company).  She makes and sells earrings, coasters, T-shirts, and other items featuring her mathematical creations/discoveries and social justice.  I stopped by to see Diana’s Math is Beautiful booth in aisle 200 of the exhibits hall (100 level of the Baltimore Convention Center).  She also has two beautiful pieces in the Mathematical Art Exhibit (right next to her booth in the Exhibits Hall).

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A conversation with mathematician and poet, JoAnne Growney

Learn more about JoAnne Growney.

A conversation with writer and longtime JMM attendee, Brian Hayes

 

Learn more about Brian and check back throughout the week for more interviews with people here at the Joint Mathematics Meetings.