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About Jennifer J. Quinn

Jenny taught in and chaired the mathematics department at Occidental College before moving to UW Tacoma where she has just completed serving as Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She has held many positions of national leadership in mathematics including as Executive Director for the Association for Women in Mathematics, co-editor of *Math Horizons,* and, currently, Second Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). She received one of MAAs 2007 Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching, the MAAs 2006 Beckenbach Book award for *Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof*, co-authored with Arthur Benjamin. As a combinatorial scholar, Jenny thinks that beautiful proofs are as much art as science. Simplicity, elegance, and transparency should be the driving principles. She strives to bring this same ethic to her professional service and administrative work.
Her research focuses on combinatorics, graph theory, and combinatorial matrix theory. She likes to count---specifically, finding concrete counting contexts that lead to clever combinatorial proofs of algebraic identities.
Recently, she has focused on sign-reversing involutions to delve into alternating sum identities, forming the backbone of her current project. She and her co-author, Arthur Benjamin, are (finally) writing a sequel to their award winning *Proofs That Really Count: The Art of Combinatorial Proof* tentatively titled *Proofs That Really Count II: Quintessential Combinatorial Proof."

Positions

Present Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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