UNI Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture focuses on math education

March 24, 2011

Joel Haack, dean, UNI College of Humanities & Fine Arts, 319-273-2725, joel.haack@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- "These are a Few of My Favorite Things," a lecture by University of Northern Iowa mathematics professor Joel Haack, will explore the connections between math and the arts and humanities. Haack's presentation, which is part of the Hari Shankar Memorial Lecture, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Lantz Auditorium in McCollum Science Hall on the UNI campus. 

During his presentation, Haack, who is also dean of the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will raise and explore such questions as How could the four-dimensional tessaract in Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Award-winning book "A Wrinkle in Time" allow space travel? What are golden rectangles, and why would they appear in the art of UNI emeritus professor John Page? The lecture is intended for general audiences.

Haack is an active member of the Mathematical Association of America. He earned his B.A. in mathematical sciences, his M.S. in mathematics, his M.S. in statistics and his Ph.D. in mathematics, all from the University of Iowa. Prior to arriving at UNI, Haack served on the faculty of Oklahoma State University for 12 years.

Haack's lecture is made possible through a donation from Hari Shankar with additional support from UNI's Department of Mathematics. Shankar, who died in June 2008, taught at Ohio University for more than 30 years before joining the UNI Department of Mathematics as a visiting professor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the presentation.