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Origami wave creator to speak, April 15

A talk on "The Science and Math of Origami" will be presented at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Cotsen Children's Library in Firestone Library.

Tom Hull, associate professor of mathematics at Merrimack College, will demonstrate how math is used to create origami models as well as describe some of the applications these techniques have had in engineering and the sciences. Those attending will have a chance to try their hands at folding origami.

The talk is being sponsored by the Cotsen library and the University's Department of Mathematics in conjunction with the "Making Waves" origami-for-tsunami fund-raising initiative that has been taking place on and off campus since early February. Hull is the creator of the origami wave model that is being used for Making Waves.

The initiative, organized by several campus groups, is intended to raise funds for areas affected by the recent Indian Ocean tsunami. It involves folding origami waves representing victims of the tragedy. Members of the campus and local communities are working together to fold 150,000 origami waves, each for a suggested donation of $1. The goal is to raise $150,000 to go to CARE USA for rebuilding communities in the affected regions.

The talk is recommended for students in grades 7-12, college students, teachers, faculty and interested adults. Making Waves volunteers will be collecting donations for CARE USA's Earthquake and Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.

Details about the initiative are available online. For more information, call Bonnie Bernstein in the Cotsen library at (609) 258-2697.

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