Alan Schoen discovered a minimal surface that he named the gyroid. The gyroid is becoming increasingly popular as more and more new occurrences of it in nature are being discovered (google it up!). It has been discussed at Cornell University and John Baez's site at Univ. of California-Riverside and on wired.com's wired science blog. You may purchase a sculpture of it from Bathsheba. Currently Alan is developing an amazing site Geometry Garret. We hope that some day a big gyroidal sculpture will embellish our Math. Department backyard.