Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute Announces Judges for Math-O-Vision Contest

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As the May 1st deadline approaches for the Math-O-Vision video contest highlighting the power of math, Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute has announced the panel of individuals who will be judging entries.

Math-O-Vision Contest

Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science, alongside the Dartmouth College Math Department, has announced several of the judges for this year’s Math-O-Vision movie competition.

The competition, which invites high-school students across the United States to submit 4-minute movies detailing their interpretation of the power of math, ends on May 1st. That begins the judging process, which will continue until the final winners are announced on May 15th. The judges will be tasked with evaluating the originality and mathematical relevance of the submissions.

The judges that have committed to Math-O-Vision currently include Alan Alda, Lorie Loeb, Dan Rockmore, Tom Sito, Steven Strogatz, and Ge Wang.

Alda is a six-time Emmy-award and Golden Globe Award winning actor and director who has appeared in hits such as “M*A*S*H” and “The West Wing.” He is currently a Professor at SUNY Stony Brook, and has recently started a “Flame Challenge” that asks scientists to compete in explaining scientific phenomena so that “an 11-year old would understand.”

Loeb is a Research Professor in computer science at Dartmouth College, and is the Director of the Digital Arts Minor there. She has animated films that have won two Emmy awards and films that were screened at the Sundance Film Festival. She currently designs web and mobile apps to express complex data.

Rockmore is the Director of the Neukom Institute and Chair of the Mathematics department at Dartmouth. He is also the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science, and was one of 15 scientists awarded the 5-year Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the White House for excellence in education and research. He has been influential in creating and pushing Math-O-Vision forward in its inaugural year.

Sito is an animator who has been called one of the “Hundred Most Important People in Animation,” as he has worked for Disney Feature Animation and Dreamworks Animation. He has worked on a large number of successful films, including Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and the Lion King. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Math-O-Vision judging team.

Strogatz is an award-winning Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, and last October published a series of his popular New York Times math columns into a book titled “The Joy of X.” He is an accomplished scholar, educator, and visionary.

Wang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in music and computer science and is the Co-Founder of Smule, a mobile application startup. With them, he has designed popular apps such as Ocarina and Magic Piano. As a designer and educator, he has helped others to visualize math in the digital realm.

Math-O-Vision is honored to have the participation of these talented and experienced judges. The panel of judges reflects a wide variety of interests and backgrounds related to mathematics, animation, art, and filmmaking. This diversity will help them evaluate the movie submissions and to ultimately determine who will win the prizes: $4,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1000 for third place.

Entries so far have focused on a diverse range of mathematics and its applications, from fractals, photography, and stoichiometry to Harry Potter, integration, and driving. Students from all across the United States have entered.

Voting on the movies on the contest’s website will help to determine the winner, though the judges will have the final say on which contestants continue to the final round of 10 submissions. Voting continues until May 1st, and will reopen for the final round prior to winner selection.


Dartmouth College’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science’s primary goal is to enable the integration of computational technology into curriculum, scholarship and most critically, into thinking. The Neukom Institute supports the development of new technologies to change the way we think and work and seeks to catalyze creative thought throughout the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Business disciplines. Visit their website at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~neukom/.

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