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2005 Parson Lecturer - Dr. Doris Schattschneider

Dr. Doris SchattschneiderDoris Schattschneider received her Ph.D. in 1966 from Yale University with a dissertation on "Restricted roots of a semi-simple algebraic group." She is Professor of Mathematics at Moravian College. First woman Editor of Mathematics Magazine (1981-1985). First woman to deliver Pi Mu Epsilon's J. Sutherland Frame Lecture (1988). Internationally known for her work with tesselations of the plane and her exposition of M.C.Escher's art.

Dr. Schattschneider is internationally known for her work with tessellations of the plane and her exposition of Dutch artist M.C. Escher. Symmetry and geometric models have long held a special fascination with her. Doris was interested in both geometry and art and this led naturally to the study of tiling problems and the work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. She was Geometer and Senior Associate on the NSF-funded Visual Geometry Project that produced the software The Geometer's Sketchpad, along with videos and activity books on polyhedra and symmetry.

She is the author of more than 40 articles, and author or coauthor of 4 books and 3 activity books. These include M. C. Escher Kaleidocycles (Pomegranate Artbooks), Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks, Periodic Drawings, and related work of M.C. Escher (W.H. Freeman & Co.), and A Companion to Calculus (Brooks/Cole). She is coeditor of Geometry Turned On: Dynamic Software in Learning, Teaching, and Research (Math. Assn. of America), and editor of M. C, Escher's Legacy: A Centennial Celebration (Springer-Verlag, 2002).

She has been active in the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) at all levels, and was editor of Mathematics Magazine 1981-1985. In 1993 she received the national MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching of College or University Mathematics.

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