John Paul Cook is not your typical mathematician.
Cook earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 but he describes himself as a “hybrid” because his research primarily has been aimed at undergraduate math education.
Now an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Cook’s research, re-thinking the way certain higher-level mathematics courses are taught, is starting to turn heads nationally.
Traditional wisdom suggests that trends develop on America’s East and West coasts and slowly make their way to the Oklahoma heartland. However, the urge to reexamine the relationship between the land, the food produced from it and the people who eat it has found fertile soil in Oklahoma at a speed that defies expectation.
Three national publications, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and Washington Monthly, rank the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as among the nation’s leaders in serving high performing students from low to middle income families.
David McLaughlin, regents chair at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, presented the Staff Employee of the Year award to Adam Heilman, manager of the USAO Print Shop, during the September regents’ meeting held on Sept. 10.
Though we may look at ourselves in the mirror several times a day, the unique qualities of a reflection show us something different than what others see. Take that same familiar face from the mirror and put in front of a camera and, sometimes, it can seem like a stranger staring back.