|Laurie Heyer, Professor of Mathematics
February 12, 2013
Professor of Mathematics Laurie Heyer
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Q: What aspect of teaching at Davidson you most appreciate?
A: I especially appreciate the many opportunities at Davidson for one-on-one and small group interactions, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Q: What are your current academic pursuit outside the classroom?
A: I am currently on sabbatical, visiting the department of computer science at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. My experience here is broadening my own knowledge in computer science and will help guide and support Davidson's continued development of curriculum and research efforts in this field.
Q: What's your favorite student event?
A: I especially enjoy the Cookie Study Break, held on Reading Day night every semester. We serve hundreds of dozens of cookies, baked by folks at DCPC and delivered to the Union in Bill Vinson's golf cart. Students line up around the Brown Atrium for this infusion of energy and encouragement to prepare for the next day's exams.
Q: What's your favorite extracurricular activity?
A: Davidson basketball. I also enjoy crochet, playing the piano, reading, and cooking.
Q: What courses have you created?
A: I created a course in "Bioinformatics," an introduction to computer programming and "Using Computer Algorithms to Analyze Biological Data." I have also developed a two-semester sequence in "Calculus and Modeling," exploring how calculus and other mathematical techniques are used to understand the natural world.
Q: What's your favorite non-academic book?
A: I enjoy reading historical novels, with favorites including Texas by James Michener, and Trinity by Leon Uris.
Q: Do you have hidden talents?
A: I can carry three glasses of iced tea in one hand!