We open Volume 14, Number 4 with an interview with Candice Price, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College. Candice is a cofounder of the website Mathematically Gifted and Black. In this interview, Candice touches on many important topics in the mathematics community that concern making the field more inclusive. She also tells us about her remarkable journey into mathematics and about some of the math that fascinates her.
The cover of this issue relates to Emily and Jasmine’s quest for an equation whose graph is a Valentine heart. In this installment, they succeed in finding one. There is a lot of subjectivity in what is acceptable as a Valentine heart, but I think most would agree that the circles in the top row of the cover cannot be considered Valentine hearts and nor can the clover-like shapes along the bottom row. This cover graphic features hundreds of graphs of equations and could not have been created without a computer. Special thanks to Juliett Bennett, Violet Freimark, Bridget Li, and Kate Pearce for their assistance with the coding!
By the way, if you are uncomfortable with graphs of equations, fear not, there is a Learn by Doing especially for you in this issue. After working through it, you’ll have no trouble writing down equations whose graphs are all manner of shapes.
The last two issues of the Bulletin featured a wonderful expository article on parking functions by Williams College professor Pamela E. Harris and her student Kimberly Hadaway. In this issue, Pamela joins forces with Maria Rodriguez Hertz, a professor at SUSTC to bring us the first part of another wonderful expository article, this time on the mathematics of juggling.
During the pandemic, we pretty much shut down our Support Network visiting program. However, thanks to Nooks.in, we were able to bring in Daina Taimina, a pioneer in knitting hyperbolic space and an emeritus adjunct professor at Cornell, to present on her work and career. You can read about that in this issue’s Notes from the Club.
We hope you enjoy it!
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