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.


curriculum vitae

CV (updated 4/2015)

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

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.

A. Crannell, M. Frantz, F. Futamura
Dürer: 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



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