Amherst College - Norton Starr
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enNorton Starr Retires
https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/magazine/issues/2009summer/collegerow/starr/node/120274
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><table class="table-align-right-gradient" border="0" cellpadding="10" width="200"><tbody><tr><td><div class="mediainline"><img class="image original" src="/media/view/120903/original/139340070.jpg" border="0" width="238" height="300" alt="image"></div><div class="fine-print" align="left">Norton Starr retired after 43 years at Amherst.</div></td></tr></tbody></table><span class="fine-print">By Emily Gold Boutilier</span><br><br><span class="drop-cap2">N</span>orton Starr, the Brian E. Boyle ’69 Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, has retired after 43 years at Amherst.<br><br> Starr came to Amherst from MIT, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics, served as an instructor and received the Goodwin Medal for “conspicuously effective teaching.” In his early years at Amherst, he remembers, there were pitchers of milk and unleashed dogs in Valentine, nearly every professor lived within blocks of campus, and he once felt out of place for wearing a sweater rather than a coat and tie to a faculty meeting.<br><br> Named a full professor at Amherst in 1978, Starr has taught courses in advanced calculus, complex variables, probability, statistics and data analysis, among other subjects. He also taught a first-year seminar in computers and society. His most frequently cited publication is an article about the 1970 Vietnam draft lottery, published in the <i>Journal of Statistics Education</i> in 1997. In recent years, he has published on mathematical puzzles. <br><br> During a 1972-73 sabbatical at Canada’s University of Waterloo, he chanced into the young field of computer graphics and created a wide variety of computer drawings based on mathematical themes. A number of them have appeared in books and magazines. In 1989, he displayed his work <i>Experiment in Shading</i>, drawn by a ball-point pen under computer control, and <i>Tecumseh</i>, a lithograph of a graph-theoretic drawing made by computer-controlled fountain pen, as part of an invited exhibit at The Print Club in Philadelphia. <i>Tecumseh </i>had previously been displayed in the juried National Prints and Drawings Exhibition at Mount Holyoke in 1976. Most recently, <i>Tecumseh </i>appeared in a 2007 exhibit at Kunsthalle Bremen, where it is in the permanent collection. <br><br> When the math department moved to the Seeley Mudd Building in 1984, Starr could have picked an office with a view of the Holyoke Range. Instead, he chose a room facing the Quad, where students who walked by in the evening could see his light on and know he was available for questions. <br><br> This summer, Starr spent weeks clearing out that office, including 50 years of files and nine bookcases full of books. (The files include articles about nonacademic careers for philosophers and a list of at least 22 alumni who believe they were taught by him when, in fact, they were in none of his courses.)<p>In retirement, Starr will continue to write for a column in the <i>College Mathematical Journal</i>. “I look forward to simply being able to read a book, walk into town, see a movie,” he says. First, though, he must organize the papers and files that now overwhelm his house. Once he accomplishes that task, he says, he’ll feel retired.</p><p><span class="fine-print">Photo by Frank Ward</span></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/931">retirement</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1701">mathematics</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1956">math</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4822">Norton Starr</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/10751">Starr</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="sharethis first last"><a href="/sharethis-ajax/120274" class="mm-sharethis">Share</a></li>
</ul>Mon, 10 Aug 2009 04:00:00 +0000kdduke120274 at https://www.amherst.eduhttps://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/magazine/issues/2009summer/collegerow/starr/node/120274#commentsProfessional and Biographical Information
https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/nstarr/node/16818
<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h3>Degrees</h3>
<p>Ph.D., MIT (1964) <br>A.B., Harvard College (1958)<br>A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1978)</p>
<h3><a name="research" title="research"></a>Research Interests</h3>
<p>Expository writing about misuses of data and of mathematics</p>
<p>Novel uses of undergraduate mathematical analysis, in estimation and in graphics</p>
<h3><a name="teaching" title="teaching"></a>Teaching Interests</h3>
<p>Analysis and Probability</p>
<h3><a name="awards" title="awards"></a>Awards and Honors</h3>
<p>Goodwin Medal and Prize for conspicuously effective teaching, MIT, 1962</p>
<p>Lithograph of "Tecumseh" selected for display in the juried <em>National Prints and Drawings Exhibition</em>, Warbeke Gallery, Mount Holyoke, 1976</p>
<p>Biographical sketch (by Franke) and five computer drawings presented in <em>Computergrafik-Galerie</em>, Herbert W. Franke, DuMont Buchverlag, Köln, 1984, pp. 133-135.</p>
<p>Invited contributor to the exhibit <em>printmaking: at the speed of thought</em>, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Nov.-Dec., 1989</p>
<p><span style=":imes New Roman"">Seven works exhibited at Kunsthalle Bremen, June – August, 2007, in the show <em>Ex Machina – Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979</em>, and illustrated in the show catalog.</span></p>
<h3><a name="activities" title="activities"></a>Scholarly and Professional Activities (recent)</h3>
<p>Invited participant, IPP26, Boston, July 2006</p>
<p>Invited participant, G4G7 (conference honoring Martin Gardner, Atlanta), March 2006</p>
<p>Contributed talk, annual meeting of the Math. Assoc. of Amer., San Antonio, Jan. 14, 2006</p>
<p>Contributed talk, annual meeting of the Math. Assoc. of Amer., Atlanta, Jan; 6, 2005</p>
<p>Regular contributor to "Media Highlights" column, <em>College Math. Journal</em></p>
<h3>Links</h3>
<p><a href="http://www3.amherst.edu/~nstarr/">My other web site (amherst.edu/~nstarr/)</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.dartmouth.edu/%7Echance/chance_news/recent_news/chance_news_6.10.html">Chance News 6.10 (Item #5: Nonrandom risk: The 1970 draft lottery) </a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.causeweb.org/wiki/chance/index.php/Chance_News_18">Chance News 18 (Item #4: <span class="toctext"><span>How to Lie with Statistics Turns Fifty)</span></span></a>; <a href="https://www.amherst.edu/system/files/college-math-journal-review.pdf">My review</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.atariarchives.org/artist/sec1.php">Computer Graphics in Historical Perspective </a></p>
<p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft_lottery_%281969%29">Wikipedia: Draft Lottery (1969) </a></p>
<p>Demos with Positive Impact: <a href="http://www.mathdemos.org/mathdemos/tromino/tromino.html">Trominos </a>and <a href="http://www.mathdemos.org/mathdemos/sixwaylamp/sixwaylamp.html">Sixway lamp</a></p>
<p>Wolfram: <a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/StarrRoseMesh/">Starr Rose Mesh</a></p>
<p>Article: <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/visual-arts/article20421657.html">Linda Hall Library Exhibit</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www3.amherst.edu/~nstarr/booklet/">Retirement booklet</a></p>
<address class="float-right-container" style="text-align:right;">Updated 6-2015</address>
<p class="rule-above">See also: <a href="/people/facstaff/nstarr/publications">Selected Publications</a></p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags: </div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4822">Norton Starr</a></div></div></div>Fri, 03 Aug 2007 19:10:14 +0000daustin0916818 at https://www.amherst.eduhttps://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/nstarr/node/16818#comments