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[Lori Thomson]
Lori Thomson

Title: Technical Staff
Dates: October 1994 -- present
Office: Geometry Center, Room 516
Phone: (612) 626-8310
E-mail: lori@geom.umn.edu
Personal Homepage: http://www.geom.umn.edu/~lori/


Activities at the Geometry Center

Lori is interested in what the Geometry Center can do for education. During the 1995 Summer Institute, she was a technical assistant to the teacher-student teams developing curriculum materials at the Center. Lori has designed a set of worksheets for Kali, a software program for exploring symmetry groups, that are used during Geometry Center tours. She also leads portions of these tours.

Lori enjoyed working as an animator for the Geometry Center's latest large-scale video, The Shape of Space. In field testing the video, she found that when ideas of topology are presented using computer graphics, they are accessible even at the sixth grade level, though topology is typically not introduced until graduate school or late undergraduate school.

Background

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1991, Lori was a software engineer for Vista Technologies where she developed software for electronic hardware design, with emphasis on user interfaces.

Since then, Lori has changed the focus of her career to education. At the Geometry Center, she has a unique opportunity to apply her software engineering background to projects that can make waves in the field of education. As an employee of the University, Lori takes advantage of the Regents' Scholarship to work toward earning a teaching license for mathematics through the College of Education and Human Development.

Education

BS in Computer Science, May 1991
University of Wisconsin---Madison

Professional Experience

Employment

Talks

Other hypertext documentation Lori maintains


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