Fumiko Futamura PhD
associate professor of mathematics
I went into mathematics because it seemed to be the most elusive of all the arts. It took 8 years of serious study to even begin to understand the medium and begin to work with it in a creative way. Math is art. I wouldn't be a math professor otherwise.


current positions

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Southwestern University
Chair, Enrollment and Retention Committee
Science advisor, PRI and WNYC's Studio 360, Science and Creativity Series
Advisory board member, Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, TX

curriculum vitae
CV (updated 4/2016)

publications
F.Futamura, R. Lehr, Finding the viewpoint at a museum, under review.

A. Crannell, M. Frantz, F. Futamura, The image of a square, American Mathematical Monthly, accepted.

A. Crannell, M. Frantz, F. FutamuraDürer: Disguise, Distance, Disagreements, and Diagonals! reprinted in: The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015, Princeton University Press, 2015.

A. Crannell, M. Frantz, F. Futamura, The Cross ratio as a parameter for Dürer's solid (Party game for a 500th anniversary) J. Math. Arts, 8 (2014), no. 3-4, 111--119. (on the shortlist of four papers considered for the 2016 JMA Outstanding Paper Award)

A. Crannell, M. Frantz, F. FutamuraDürer: Disguise, Distance, Disagreements, and Diagonals! Math Horizons, 22 no. 2, (2014) 10-11.

R. Denman, F. Futamura, K.C. Richards, On sharp frame diagonalization, Linear Algebra Appl., 438 no. 5, (2013) 2210-2224.

F. Futamura, Frame diagonalization of matrices, L
inear Algebra Appl., 436 no. 9, (2012) 3201-3214.

F. Futamura,  Localizable operators and the construction of localized frames, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 137 (2009) 4187-4197.

F. Futamura, Symmetrically localized frames and the removal of subsets of positive density, J. Math. Anal. Appl., 326 no. 2, (2007) 122-1235.

F. Futamura, Banach framed, decay in the context of localization, Sampl. Theory Signal Image Process., 6 no. 2, (2007) 151-166.

workshops and minicourses taught

2016: learning session: drawing shadows with Desargues, Operation: Math Girls (OMG) conference, Sam Houston State University

2015: seminar teaching workshop: seeing the abstract: visual thinking for engaged learning, funded by Dr. Lawrence Musgrove’s Visual Thinking for Engaged Learning grant funded by the Presidential Innovation Grants Initiative

2014: MAA minicourse #14: visualizing projective geometry through photographs and perspective drawings, presented jointly with Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore

2013: MAA minicourse #5: visualizing projective geometry through photographs and perspective drawings, presented jointly with Annalisa Crannell and Marc Frantz, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego (pic)

2009: innovative teaching workshop, funded by the Brown Innovation in Teaching Award, Southwestern Univerisity

awards and grants


2015: Dr. Lawrence Musgrove’s Visual Thinking for Engaged Learning grant, $500, funded by the Presidential Innovation Grants Initiative

2012-2014: NSF-DUE Type I grant #1140113, $69,432, a two-year grant to write a textbook on Projective Geometry Applied to Perspective Art (together with co-PI Annalisa Crannell's portion, $73,344), National Science Foundation

2011: AIBL Small Grant, $4000, a grant to create an inquiry based learning math and art course, funded by the Educational Advancement Foundation

2009: Faculty-Student Project Research Grant, $7590, a grant to do research with a student for his honors thesis for 8 weeks, Southwestern Univerisity

2009: Brown Innovation in Teaching Award, $9000, a grant to research innovative pedagogy and organize a teaching workshop, Southwestern University

2007: B.F. Bryant Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University


recent presentations

Jan 2016: Finding the Viewpoint at a Museum, a How-To Guide, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA

May 2015: How to Mathematically Immerse Yourself in a Work of Art, Infinite Horizons Lecure Series, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Mar 2015: How to Mathematically Immerse Yourself in a Work of Art, Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Jan 2015: Harmonic ratios: music and art in an inquiry-based geometry course, Joint mathematics Meetings, San Antonion, TX

Nov 2013: Harmonics in Math, Art and Music, THINK! Series, Southwestern University

Jan 2013: Sharp Diagonalization of Matrices, Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA

Apr 2012: Drawing Chords:  Harmonic Sets in Math, Music & Art, Joint Math Colloquium, Franklin & Marshall College

Feb 2012: Mathematics of Wonderland, SU MAA Chapter meeting, Southwestern University

Feb 2011: Drawing Humpty Dumpty in Perspective, an excursion through math, art, literature, philosophy and music, SU MAA Chapter meeting, Southwestern University

Jan 2011: Exploring Diagonalizable and Localizable Operators, Analysis Seminar, University of Houston



southwestern university     1001 e. university ave     georgetown, TX  78626
office: MBH134  phone: 512-863-1981   email: futamurf at southwestern.edu