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MoSAIC Festival November 14-15, 2015

Celebrating the Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry, and Culture

A national exhibit celebrating the Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry, and Culture, known as the MoSAIC Festival, will take place on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus in the Nebraska Union on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Bridges Organization, and the Simons Foundation, MoSAIC Festivals are conferences that incorporate lectures, hands-on workshops, an art exhibition and short films.

Activities and workshops scheduled for Nov. 14 will feature mathematical content aimed at higher-level audiences, while those workshops on Nov. 15 are especially suited for families and students in grades 5-12.


View the full schedule.

Conference hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Nebraska Union.

  • The Art Exhibit in the Regency Suite in the Nebraska Union will be open from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Hands-on workshops and presentations will take place on both days. Sunday's events will be especially suited for families and students of middle level grades and higher.
  • Workshops will be held in the Heritage, Ubuntu and Unity rooms in the Nebraska Union and Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center.
  • A reception will take place in the Regency Suite from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday. An overview of the items in the gallery will begin at 5:30.
  • Movie showings, presentations, a closing panel and concluding remarks will be in the Union Auditorium.
  • Visit the MoSAIC Festivals and the Bridges Organization website for more information.

Movies being shown are:

  1. Creating an Escher-Like Chessboard, Kevin Lee
  2. Taylor Polynomials Tango, Hua-lun Li
  3. The Borromean Rings, Charles Gunn and John Sullivan
  4. Hexaflexagons, Vi Hart
  5. Cutting Sequences on the Double Pentagon, Diana Davis
  6. Juggling, George Hart
  7. Myriahedral Projections, Jarke J. van Wijk
  8. Impossible Motion, Kokichi Sugihara
  9. Connecting Dots, Vi Hart
  10. Morphohedron, Stephen Wilmoth and Dugan Hammock
  11. My Mind is Dancing Happy in the Glowing Light-Stick Ball, George Hart
  12. Mazes, Istvan Oros
  13. The Optiverse, George Francis, John Sullivan, Stuart Levy
  14. The Triptych of the Poincare Disc, Elvis Popovic
  15. Hyperdodecahedron, Gian Marco Todesco
  16. Change Ringing, George Hart
  17. Reel, Vi Hart

Speakers and Workshop Leaders

View the presentation abstracts and workshop descriptions (will continue to be updated).

Violeta Vasilevska Associate Professor of Mathematics, Utah Valley University The Math Behind Origami Folds Fun with Math and Origami

David Reimann MoSAIC Project Manager; Professor of Mathematics, Albion College The Work of M.C. Escher Mathematics in the MoSAIC Art Exhibition Tessellations

Reza Sarhangi President, Bridges Organization; and Professor of Mathematics, Towson University Fun with Mosaic Designs Starry Night – The Art & Design of the Decagram

Christopher K Palmer Digital Fabrication Lab Manager, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley Paper and Textile Folding - Synergy of Mediums and Techniques Paperfolding from CNC Pre-creased Patterns (Saturday) Shadowfolds - Sew Folding (Sunday)

Paul Hildebrandt ZOMETOOL, Inc. Zometool and Creativity

Jonathan Gregory International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, UNL Ernest Haight - Engineer and Quilter

Sharon Kennedy Director of Education, Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL Erin Poor Assistant Curator of Education, Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL Jessica Masterson Intern, Sheldon Museum of Art, UNL Geometry, Art and the Body in Space

Jesse Ross Clementine Porcelain, Co-owner Chemistry and Ceramics

Sondra Bravo 5th Grade Teacher, Catlin Magnet Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, Omaha Public Schools Demuth & the Distributive Property

Nick Owad Graduate Student, Department of Mathematics, UNL More about conic sections than you thought possible

Stop by Sunday with a Scientist

Calling all aspiring veterinarians! Visitors to the University of Nebraska State Museum’s November Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will get to experience what it’s like to provide medical care to animals on Nov. 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall (south of 14th and Vine Streets on the UNL City Campus).

Veterinarians, scientists and veterinary students from the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will teach visitors how to conduct a basic examination using a stethoscope to listen to the heart and lungs of a cat, compare the skeletons of a house cat and leopard to discover how the anatomy between different cats is very similar, test your surgical skills by playing a game that makes you the doctor, observe parasites and learn how they affect the health of animals, and learn how medicines that help people can be very dangerous to pets.

Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters share scientific information in a fun informal way through demonstrations, activities or by conducting science on site. Sunday with a Scientist typically takes place from 1:30-4:30pm on the third Sunday of each month.