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While perhaps not quite as impressive as last year's line-up, our
department still sponsored an interesting series of events for
Mathematics Awareness Week 1997. The special event this year was
our hosting a discussion by Owen Roizman, a mathematics alumnus who
went on to become one of Hollywood's great cinematographers. The
full list of activities with details is below.
Mathematics Awareness Week 1997 Activities
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Hosted a discussion by Mr. Owen Roizman, a Gettysburg alumnus who
majored in mathematics and became one of Hollywood's great
cinematographers. Mr. Roizman received numerous honors, including
five Academy Award nominations for his work on the films "The French
Connection" (1971), "The Exorcist" (1973), "Network" (1976),
"Tootsie" (1982), and "Wyatt Earp" (1994). The American Society of
Cinematographers recently selected Mr. Roizman for their 1997
Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Requested and received a proclamation from Governor Ridge of
Pennsylvania declaring Mathematics Awareness Week in Pennsylvania.
Copies of the proclamation were displayed and read at the spring
meetings of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware and the Allegheny
Mountain Sections of the MAA.
- Designed a T-shirt with the 1997 Mathematics Awareness Week theme
"Mathematics and the Internet" and distributed T-shirts to our
students and area high schools. (We usually sponsor a T-shirt contest,
but this year we wanted to be sure to have a T-shirt with an Internet
- Organized our department's annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at
which our top students presented the results of their independent
research investigations in a setting similar to that of a professional
- Celebrated and relaxed with our annual mathematics, computer science,
and physics picnic.
Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.