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In short: a month ago today, the New Museum of Mathematics opened in Manhattan, NY. 
Soon after that, I received an email with this video of the MoMath Opening
Soon after that, I applied... then an interview :) ... then a job offer :D... and, a couple days ago, I accepted the offer! :D!!!
I'm going to be an Education Coordinator at the museum starting in February!
I'm planning to move to an apt off the PATH line in New Jersey, since PATH drops right into Manhattan at Madison Sq. Park where the museum is located.
So if you want to visit me and/or the new museum sometime after March 1st, just email me regarding 'crash space'.  I <3 NY, but It's more than a little terrifying to be uprooting and relocating so suddenly! I am definitely going to miss friends in Boston, and I'd love to have you all visit! 
Momath

About the Museum:
I owe George Hart (who unfortunately left the museum a while back) an email congratulating him on this project.  The museum is beautiful -- beyond beautiful.  The exhibits are non-trivially interactive (far beyond pushing buttons), and the math is exquisitely well presented. 
FormulaMorphGraphingFloorSqWheelBikes(1)
Every day that I was at the museum, it was teaming with patrons thrilled by the beauty and interactivity of the math around them. There's also a lot of depth across the museum, and the details of many exhibits are intended for more mathematically experienced audiences.  For instance, I got caught for a couple hours at the aperiodic Penrose tiling table. :)
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About my job:
I had been planning to search out jobs that I'd be happy at for 2-4 years: teaching at a school and/or starting a master's program.  But... with this job, I could honestly see myself sticking around indefinitely if they promoted me after a couple years, etc. I love the mission, the need, the potential for impact...  As an "Education Coordinator," I'll be designing curricula to meet whatever classes of students have arranged to visit the museum (mainly middle and high school but also elementary school and adult groups) and teaching those classes when they come! In the long run, I'll get to help the museum choose and begin new outreach programs. 
I feel kind of giddy, honestly, whenever I think about it. ;-)

Date: 2013-01-16 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greensword.livejournal.com
That's super exciting! Congratulations. :)

I've been meaning to go to the museum since it opened, I will definitely let you know when I do.

Date: 2013-01-16 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ch3cooh.livejournal.com
Sweet! The museum is totally worth the trip to NY. And, honestly, I'm hoping that more than a few friends want to pull a $30, Lucky Star adventure: 4hrs to NY Friday night, then crash with me, then spend a day at the museum ($10 for students, $14 for the general public) grab lunch at a local food truck, grab dinner with me, and then either head back to Boston, or crash at my place again and spend another day in NY... etc. The Unofficial Hotel MoMath (my apt) will be open for 'business' starting March 1st. ;-D

Date: 2013-01-17 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greensword.livejournal.com
My nine year old cousin expressed interest in going, so I would probably stay with them and bring her on a weekend. But I could also come back once the kiddos were asleep to get a drink and visit with you. :)

Date: 2013-01-17 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ch3cooh.livejournal.com
That sounds perfect. :)

Date: 2013-01-16 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliothsan.livejournal.com
Wow, this is just perfect for you, isn't it? Congratulations!

Date: 2013-01-16 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ch3cooh.livejournal.com
Thank you and... slightly awkwardly, "yes" - this is perfect. It is, in fact, a better fit for me than I even thought existed a month ago. And I doubt this giddy feeling will last indefinitely, but I intend to bask in it for at least the next month or two. ;-)

Date: 2013-01-17 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secret-panda.livejournal.com
Congratulations, Zandra! This sounds like the perfect job for you. :-)

Date: 2013-01-19 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woodsywild.livejournal.com
I don't think I've left a comment on anyone's LJ in years...

But, wow. Congratulations. I think this is a perfect position for you and I think that the museum is incredibly lucky to have you.

I'm not big on museums...I don't even visit the free ones in my town and I had no intention of visiting MoMath before, but with you working there, I think it would be so fun to talk to an insider about the exhibits. I'll schedule a trip for my roommate and I to meet up in NYC and crash at your place. We've never taken PATH before, and we both love trains, so that will be exciting for us too!

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