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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 14, 2009

RELEASED: Dec. 14, 2009

Story Idea
An article written by two faculty members — one in mathematics and one in music — along with two students is featured in a prestigious mathematics journal. The American Mathematical Society's Notices of the American Mathematical Society January 2010 issue explores some of the ways art and beauty appear in mathematics. The journal includes an article by Dr. Gary Don, professor of music and theatre arts; Dr. James Walker, professor of mathematics; and UW-Eau Claire student Gordon Volk that examines the mathematical analysis of music, and how mathematics enables people to better understand music and even to create new music. Karyn Muir, a student at SUNY Geneseo, also is an author. Mathematicians have always felt a strong creative aspect in their subject, but only in recent years has the connections between mathematics and the arts become apparent to the general public. The strong affinity between mathematics and music is the subject of "Music: Broken Symmetry, Geometry, and Complexity." Among the questions explored are: Does Louis Armstrong's voice sound like his trumpet? How does the brain fool us sometimes when listening to music, and how have composers used such illusions? Is it possible to objectively describe the connection between pitch and rhythm in melodies? How can math help create new music? With more than 30,000 subscribers, the Notices journal is one of two journals that the AMS sends to all of its members so it is prestigious to have an article in it. Material included in the "Music: Broken Symmetry, Geometry, and Complexity" article will be taught by Dr. Walker in a 2010 summer class at UW-Eau Claire. The print version of the Notices journal will be available in January, but the electronic version of the publication is online. For details contact Dr. James Walker at 715-836-4835 or walkerjs@uwec.edu.

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Commencement exercises for 850 students at UW-Eau Claire will be held Saturday, Dec. 19, in Zorn Arena. Candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and candidates for master's degrees will receive degrees during a 9 a.m. ceremony. Candidates from the College of Business, College of Education and Human Sciences, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will receive degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Dr. John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, will deliver the "Charge to the Class" during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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Several exceptional UW-Eau Claire alumni will be honored by the Alumni Association during a luncheon Saturday, Dec. 19, in conjunction with commencement. Information about the recipients can be found online. For details about the luncheon or to request interviews with award recipients, contact John Bachmeier, director of Alumni Relations, at 715-836-5189 or bachmejg@uwec.edu.

Calendar Items

  • Students will take final exams the week of Dec. 14-18.
  • UW-Eau Claire offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 for the Christmas holiday; Monday, Dec. 28, for a furlough day; and Dec. 31-Jan. 1 for the New Year holiday.
  • Winterim classes will begin Monday, Jan. 4, 2010.

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