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Outreach Activites

Mathematics in the Humanities

There is much future scope for mathematics to play a role in the way we explore subjects that have been traditionally regarded as more qualitative than quantitative. This is especially true with the advent of digital humanities. Follow this link for a description of some of my activities in the interesection of the two fields.

Consultant for Folger Shakespeare Theater's Production of "Arcadia"

Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" has deeper mathematics than I have ever seen treated in a popular work. I enjoyed the chance to help explain the mathematics to theater-goers. In August, 2013, I was invited by the Shaw Theater Festival, Niagara on the Lake, Canada, to talk to their audiences on "Arcadia" as well.

Media Talks, Interviews and Articles on Mathematics

Link to "How to Fall in Love With Math," my Op-Ed in the NY Times (Sep 15, 2013), which rose to the most e-mailed article on their website. Several radio interviews (NPR, BBC), an interview in the NY Times Science section, an article in the NY Times Magazine, and more.

STEM Education at Schools

Various projects on formal and informal education at the K through 12 levels.

Mathematics Videos

Several videos that I have created (or participated in) for mathematics outreach.

Mathematics and Fiction

Various works in which I connect the two fields. A glimpse into my next novel, which will be a mixture of mathematics and fiction.

Other Outreach

I have published various op-eds and articles on such issues as LGBT rights and nuclear terrorism in the Indian subcontinent.

Recognition

I was awarded an Elkins Professorship in 2007. First established in 1978, these professorships support professors "who demonstrate exemplary ability to inspire students and whose professional work and scholarly endeavors make a positive impact beyond the University System of Maryland." My award has been used in my goal to foster interest and learning in mathematics among K-12 students and the general public.
Also, the citation for my Presidential Teaching Professor Award (2013-2015) specifically commends my outreach activities.