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Settling In at SCGP (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics)

Hi everyone,

I’ve now been at the Simons Center for a little over a week, and am finally starting to feel settled in. Things were extremely quiet when I first arrived (Stony Brook is between semesters right now), but over the past few days more and more people have been showing up. Next week SCGP is hosting a week-long seminar and everyone says that the place will be packed!

During my first week most of my time was spent settling in – getting my home and work environments unpacked and set up; exploring campus; figuring out where the closest ATM, pharmacy, natural food store, and Starbucks were :-); and learning the ins and outs of the SCGP cafe, phone system, key card system, etc.

Now that all that’s figured out, I am get really focused on my immediate tasks at hand: getting my web site caught up to date (this post completes that task!); starting to forge connections with some of the faculty here in the math and art departments; producing more art (for the SCGP March-April exhibit, and to submit to Bridges 2013); and completing and submitting my Bridges 2013 paper (due Feb 1st). Things are already very busy and I’m loving every minute of it!

That’s the news for now… more to come soon, I’m sure! For the visually inclined, there are a few pictures of my new digs at SCGP below.

Cheers,
Phil

My Office

Phil's office at SCGP - my desk

Phil’s office at SCGP – my desk

Phil's office at SCGP - my art on the walls

Phil’s office at SCGP – my art on the walls

Phil's office at SCGP - view out to hall

Phil’s office at SCGP – view out to hall

Phil's office at SCGP - outside my door

Phil’s office at SCGP – outside my door

Phil's office at SCGP - view out my window (cafe terrace)

Phil’s office at SCGP – view out my window (cafe terrace)

SCGP Building

SCGP - front view

SCGP – front view

SCGP front court - Penrose tiling

SCGP front court – Penrose tiling

One Last Shot

This is the math tower, which is connected to the SCGP by a 5th-floor walkway (see photo above).  Many of the buildings around campus are labeled in this way with large, all capital silver letters. Anyone who has watched the TV show Fringe will immediately get the joke and why I HAD to take the picture!

SBU Math Tower

SBU Math Tower

About Phil Webster

Phil Webster is a life-long geometry buff and sculptor. These days he is using emerging technologies like 3D printing to create designs that have been lurking in his head for years.

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