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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.

Jim Fink
Gettysburg College

Mathematics Awareness Week 1997 Activities
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Gettysburg College
  • 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 theme.)

  • 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 mathematics meeting.

  • 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.