POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- The DUSO Math League, comprising high school teams from Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, and Orange counties in New York’s Hudson Valley, will hold its annual championship meet at Vassar College on Wednesday, March 9 in Rockefeller Hall, room 300. Awards will be presented to the winners at approximately 11:30am, following special remarks at 10:30am by mathematician and sculptor George Hart, the chief of content for the soon-to-be-completed Museum of Mathematics in New York City. The public is welcome to attend Hart’s talk and the awards ceremony afterward, however the DUSO championship math meet is closed to outside viewers (8:30-10:30am). This is the seventh year the DUSO championship meet will be at Vassar.
The DUSO Math League includes roughly 40 area schools, with individual teams initially competing against one other in local meets. Upwards of 100 students from teams representing 20 different schools will compete in the league’s March 9 championship meet, and the league’s 34 highest scoring students will represent DUSO at the New York State Math League championship meet on Saturday, April 2 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, NY.
About George Hart
George W. Hart is an interdisciplinary sculptor, scholar, mathematician, engineer, writer, computer scientist, and educator, who was recently appointed chief of content for the future Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan (an interactive and hands-on public facility scheduled to open in 2012). Hart’s mathematical research currently centers on novel polyhedral structures and algorithms for producing them, and his geometric sculpture is recognized around the world for its mathematical depth and creative use of materials. He is a pioneer in using computer technology and solid freeform fabrication in the design and fabrication of sculpture.
Most recently George Hart has been a research professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, and previously held academic positions at Columbia and Hofstra universities. He has also worked as a computer scientist at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and Energy Laboratory Among Hart’s numerous publications are the extensive online Encyclopedia of Polyhedra, the textbook Multidimensional Analysis: Algebras and Systems for Science and Engineering (Springer Verlag, 1995), and Zome Geometry (Key Curriculum Press, 2001), a hands-on tour of three-dimensional space. Examples of his artwork can be seen at such major universities as MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and Princeton University. Hart is also the associate editor for sculpture of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and is on the board of directors of the Bridges Organization, which runs the Bridges conferences on mathematical connections in art, music, and science. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1977), an M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana University (1979), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (1987).
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