"I hope it can be a 'good morning!' for students when they walk in the door," says Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence.
-story by Kaitlyn Sewell '15
Randolph-Macon College students can look forward to a new addition of sunshine in Copley Science Center this semester. Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence spent over a year thinking through and creating an elaborate, origami-inspired sculpture, which will hang from the ceiling in Copley’s lobby. After a year of dedication—including consultation with Ashland sculptor Jerry Peart and support from a Walter Williams Craigie Grant—Torrence is excited to display the sculpture.
“I hope it can be a ‘good morning!’ for students when they walk in the door,” Torrence shares. “Its design is fitting for all of the departments in the building, and it will serve as a reminder that mathematics is quite beautiful.” The sculpture, called Sunrise, will be installed sometime in the coming weeks.
Torrence’s inspiration came from Western New England University Mathematics Professor Thomas Hull, who designed a similar modular origami configuration. The sculpture consists of five intersecting tetrahedra – with a total of 30 pieces that interlock. Made of aluminum, the sculpture is powder coated in bright yellows and oranges, creating a “fireball” appearance. The bold hues, the striking edges, and the overall robust presence of the sculpture are sure to bring positive energy to students, faculty, and staff alike.
About Eve TorrenceTorrence joined the R-MC faculty in 1994. She is the president of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the National Mathematics Honor Society and has served on the national council of PME since 2002. She has also served as chair of the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and as chair of the Committee on the Faculty at Randolph-Macon College.
Torrence is the author of Cut and Assemble Icosahedra: Twelve Models in White and Color (Dover, 2011) and, with R-MC Mathematics Professor Bruce Torrence, The Student’s Introduction to Mathematica: A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra (Cambridge, 1st ed. 1999, 2nd ed. 2009). She is also a co-recipient, with R-MC colleague Professor Adrian Rice, of the 2007 Trevor Evans Award for exceptional writing published in the MAA journal Math Horizons.
Torrence earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her work has been displayed in the college’s McGraw-Page Library as well as at international juried shows of mathematical art at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings.
In 2013, Torrence was chosen to be one of 12 recipients of the 2013 SCHEV/Dominion Resources Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA), the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities.