North Central College - Naperville, IL

Wilders and Van Oyen publish article on symmetry of math and art

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Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen

Lawrence Van Oyen (photo, right), professor of music, and Richard Wilders (left), Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, had their co-authored article, “Turning Students into Symmetry Detectives,” published in the September issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article discusses how the mathematical concept of symmetry can be used to analyze certain kinds of art. Editors of the publication say this about the article: “Students will flip when they are given the opportunity to learn about art and transformations in math class.”  
 
Published nine times a year, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School is an official peer-reviewed journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is intended as a resource for middle school students, teachers and teacher educators. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.

Van Oyen also is director of bands. He has been a faculty member at North Central College since 1993. He earned his B.M. from Michigan State University, his M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

Wilders also is chair of the Division of Science and director of the Lederman Scholars and Community Scholars programs. A member of North Central’s faculty since 1975, he earned his B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

09-20-2011