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Wilson Science Speaker Series Examines Relationship Between Math and Art

Posted: October 21, 2010

10/21/2010 An award-winning college professor recognized for her work in the mathematics of art will discuss “Math and Art: The Good, the Bad and the Pretty” at Wilson College on Thursday, Nov. 11.
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DATE: Oct. 21, 2010
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
Email: amy.ensley@wilson.edu


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – An award-winning college professor recognized for her work in the mathematics of art will discuss “Math and Art: The Good, the Bad and the Pretty” at Wilson College on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Dr. Annalisa Crannell, a mathematics professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, will speak as part of Wilson’s “Science in Society” seminar series. Free and open to the public, the seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Crannell’s lecture will focus on the use of mathematics to create art. Most realistic art aims to depict a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional canvas and to achieve that, artists use a form of mapping that incorporates mathematics, according to the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) website.

“The talk is about the intersection of what most people think of as a technical field with a creative field,” said Amy Ensley, director of Wilson’s Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women. “There’s a lot of math involved in creating a realistic landscape drawing or painting.”

Crannell, a graduate of a women’s college, Bryn Mawr, is a gifted teacher who has won both regional and national excellence in teaching awards. Her interest in the mathematics of art has led to her receiving a National Science Foundation grant to produce a textbook and workshops on the topic.

In 2008, she was the recipient of the MAA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award.

Crannell has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bryn Mawr and a doctorate in mathematics from Brown University. She is a prolific author who has published many articles in research journals and other journals for a broader audience, including “Math Horizons” and the “American Mathematical Monthly.”

The science speaker series is sponsored by the Wilson College Sciences Division and the Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology (WISMAT). This seminar is also sponsored by the student math club, Alpha Delta Theta.

For more information, contact Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or amy.ensley@wilson.edu.



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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2010-11 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 796 and includes students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.



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