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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1993
In "Longtime Math Mystery Reported Solved" (June 24) Simon Kochen, chairman of the Princeton mathematics department, said, "This is something you could state to a high school boy, but it's so, so difficult to prove." With encouragement like this, it is no wonder that few girls choose or are given the opportunity to pursue careers in the sciences and mathematics. Both my sister and I found the subject of the article quite provocative, but wonder how many other young women were turned off by Kochen's remarks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1998 | Linn Groves, (714) 966-7885
More rigorous guidelines for students in grades K-5 were adopted by the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees last week. The new CORE Mathematics Standards will introduce more challenging mathematical concepts earlier than in previously adopted standards, and emphasize algebra and geometry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1996
The mallady (pun intended) described by Doug Kaplan hits home ("Overmalled, Underschooled," Commentary, Dec. 9). While there are more than 30 fancy hotels, mega-retail and lush golf courses within 10 miles of my home, the Quonset hut where I teach mathematics is a shameful environment for the students and teachers alike. Kaplan's vivid analysis shows how political boundaries formed by cities, counties and school districts, when combined with California tax codes, work to the detriment of education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1999
Barbara Aspenson (letter, March 18) asks "why force algebra on an art . . . student?" Aside from any practical value of algebra to an artist (and there is quite a bit of it), let me answer thus: An art student should study mathematics because art is the study of things of great beauty, and mathematics is at the very summit of great beauty. Few works of art, for example, can match, for sheer elegance, Euclid's magnificent proof that there are an infinite number of prime numbers. Any study of great art can well begin right there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
After Benedict Freedman and his wife, Nancy, turned the true-life adventure of a teenager who married a Canadian Mountie into the bestselling 1947 novel "Mrs. Mike," one reviewer theorized that the couple partly based the book's happy marriage on their own. The Freedmans collaborated well into their 80s, writing 10 books that included two late-in-life sequels to "Mrs. Mike," which is still in print. It has appeared in 27 foreign editions and received the Hollywood treatment in a 1949 film of the same name starring Evelyn Keyes and Dick Powell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2011 | Times staff and wire reports
Herbert Hauptman, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 for work uncovering the structure of molecules that accelerated medical research and led to the development of new drugs, has died. He was 94. His death Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y., was announced by the research center there that bears his name: the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. Hauptman, who recently had a stroke, had worked into his 90s at the institute, where he was research director and later president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
Two San Fernando Valley schoolteachers were among 11 instructors honored by the state Board of Education for being finalists in the 1998 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Program. Darshana Bharatkumar Shah, a science teacher at Portola Highly Gifted Magnet in Tarzana, and Enid Denise Stagg, a mathematics teacher at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, were among the instructors from throughout the state honored Friday in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1992
Cal State Fullerton professor Harris S. Shultz, long active in efforts to make mathematics exciting to young students, has been named one of the nation's distinguished mathematics educators. The Mathematical Assn. of America honored Shultz and 28 other college and university math educators recently in this inaugural year of the awards program.
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