Background

Dr. Zack holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCSD.  Her industry experience includes consulting work for the Institute for Defense Analysis Center for Communications Research, as well as involvement in numerous strategic planning efforts in the US and abroad.  Dr. Zack is an integral part of the University's accreditation process and regularly serves on review boards for WASC.  She has been awarded NSF, MAA and Wesleyan Center grants and has organized conferences for CCSC, SPAWAR, ACMS, MAA, Nexus and more.  Her extensive involvement in the mathematics community greatly enriches our academic programs.

Research

Dr. Zack's research interests include mathematical history, architecture and mathematics, cryptography and cryptanalysis.  She is an active member of the British Society of the History of Mathematics, for which she has published papers on the life of Robert Hooke and his contributions to the architectural rebuilding of London.  She shares her enthusiasm for mathematical history and architecture by taking students to England to study every other summer.

Interests

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Zack enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.  She is a trustee of the Medical Benevolence Foundation, for which she often travels to Kenya to visit church plants and the Tumutumu Hospital.  She is also involved with the Plant with Purpose organization Floresta, which works to reverse deforestation.  Her other hobbies include studying math history and baking desserts for the department.

Publications

M. Zack, 2010, "Robert Hooke and An Attempt to Prove the Motion of the Earth from Observation," The Proceedings of the Canadian Society of the Philosophy and History of Mathematics, New York, CSHPM.

M. Zack, 2009, "Discussing Vocation as Part of a Senior Capstone Class," The Journal of the Association of Christians in Mathematical Sciences, Wheaton, Association of Christians in Mathematical Sciences.

G. Crow and M. Zack, 2008, "Vocation," The Journal of the Association of Christians in Mathematical Sciences, Wheaton, Association of Christians in Mathematical Sciences.

See vita for full list of publications

PRESENTATIONS

M. Zack, October 2010, “A Layman’s Experience with Using Original Texts in the Classroom,” International Group on the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics Americas Section, Pasadena, CA.

M. Zack, June 2010, “The Catenary in England,” Nexus 2010: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics, Porto, Portugal.

M. Zack, March 2010, “Women in Leadership in a Church-Affiliated University,” Oxford Roundtable at Lincoln College, Oxford, UK.

G. Crow and M. Zack, January 2010, “Undergraduate Research and Service Learning Projects Developed from Institutional Research Questions,” Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Francisco, CA.