Jack Perry

(2020 edition)

Dusk is not twilight

Name: John E. Perry, III, Ph.D.
Occupation: Associate Professor, Mathematics
Email: john.perry@ (no.spam-usm.edu) — remove parentheses and "no.spam-"
Office Phone: 601·266·5505

Jack Perry
Department of Mathematics
University of Southern Mississippi, Box 5045
Hattiesburg, MS 39406




(in order of decreasing ability) I've also surprised myself by deciphering the occasional Portuguese. I'd like to learn Greek, German, Arabic, and Hebrew, but the older I get, the less likely it seems.


Hilton Elementary School, a “traditional alternative school&drquo; at the time. “Traditional alternative” can sound self-contradictory, but it isn’t: the idea is that, unlike the newer educational methods that emphasized communication and creativity, we students were expected to be self-disciplined (though there was no corporal punishment), to raise our hands when we wanted to speak, to work silently at our tasks, etc. I don’t think these schools exist anymore, but I loved it then.
Booker T. Washington Middle School, another traditional alternative school at the time. I had both my first pen pal, and my first disappointment when it ended.
Warwick High School, my “neighborhood” public high school. Three years band (trumpet), including marching band; two years soccer; four years nerd.
Virginia Governor's School for Math and Science, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Math Education. I chose Marymount in part because it somehow got into my idiot high school head that I should be a political science major, and Marymount offered internships in Congress. I abandoned that idea even before graduating, but at Marymount I fell in love with mathematics.
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Master's degree in mathematics. Met a mathematics student who was head and shoulders above me and concluded that I wasn’t destined for a Ph.D.
University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. A major Catholic seminary, and at the time I was convinced that this was my path. It was one of the happiest periods of my life, but I ended it after a few bad real-world experiences, as I remembered and realized that diocesan priests do not spend their lives immersed in prayer and books. — Unimaginable as it may be to most, there are those of us for whom “a celibate life of prayer and books” sounds distinctly like heaven.
North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Increasingly intrigued by the notion of doing symbolic mathematics on computers, I wanted to study symbolic computation, also called “computer algebra”. It took me a good while to wrap my mind around how one does research.
Whatever interests me.

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