When Christine H. Fox was deciding on her college major, she looked to her passion for the arts, mulling over studying theater, music or literature.
Unsure of what path to follow, she turned to her father who set her on her course.
Warren Russell Fox encouraged his daughter to major in mathematics.
Christine Fox recalled her father saying, “You’re good in math. If you can do the math, you can do anything.”
So she majored in mathematics at George Mason University in Virginia, and the rest is history.
Fox, the assistant director for policy and analysis at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, gave a talk entitled “More to Math: From...