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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.
February 12, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Herbert B. Keller, 82, a professor emeritus of applied mathematics at Caltech who was known for his work in numerical analysis and large-scale scientific computing, died Jan. 26, the university announced. His family said he drowned in the hot tub at his Pasadena home. Keller joined the Caltech faculty in 1967, after spending 16 years as a research scientist and professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. At Caltech he became an executive officer for applied mathematics and director of the school's branch of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation.
March 17, 1997
Re "Sacramento Math Wars: Basics vs Reformists," editorial, March 9: Being a liberal Democrat, I wish I could agree with you that Delaine Eastin, the Democrat, is supporting a balanced approach, while the Republican, Janet Nicholas, only wants "a greater emphasis on basic math instruction." This is simply not true. Nicholas included mathematicians and scientists on the mathematics framework committee who recognize the need for balance, while Eastin wanted to exclude the moderates and retain the reform extremists.
July 30, 2008
Re "No gender difference found in math scores," July 25 While it appears that girls and boys show no significant differences in mathematics achievement on various standardized tests, there is a difference in the number of women who choose further learning in mathematically based fields. Women represent close to 57% of the nation's college population, yet fewer than one-third major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Compare that with 41% of male students who choose such majors.
August 31, 2008 | Martin Weil, Washington Post
Henri Cartan, one of the world's foremost mathematicians in the last half of the 20th century, died Aug. 13 in Paris. He was 104. The cause of death was not reported. Almost all of Cartan's career was spent in France, and he was acclaimed for his research in pure mathematics, including algebra, topology and the analytic functions of complex variables. He was also an influential writer and teacher. At least two of his students won Nobel Prizes, one in economics and one in physics.
Just as the United States is launching a war on scientific illiteracy, the Soviet Union is also trying to reform science and math education--but in almost exactly the opposite direction. At a meeting Friday at Cal State Long Beach, a leader of the Soviet reform movement told U.S. educators that the Soviet system fails to educate the best and brightest science and math students. Unlike the U.S.
November 1, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
Take 14 years of teaching mathematics at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies. Add 22 years more experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Multiply with a devotion to learning and teaching the newest developments in mathematics.
January 26, 1998
In an address this month to a joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Assn. of America, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley called for a cease-fire in the "math war" that has raged in California and school districts across the country. The war pits "reformers"--who worry that American students can crunch numbers but can't use them thoughtfully--against back-to-basics advocates, who say that some things must be practiced over and over until they are memorized, not as a substitute for thinking but as an aid to it. The rhetoric got especially heated in December, when the State Board of Education in California adopted academic standards that emphasized the traditional approach, outraging the reformers.
May 30, 1991
It's great to have students experience mathematics in the real world (Students See Science, Math in Real Life, May 3). As a math teacher, I know that answering the question, "When will we ever use this?" is sometimes difficult. Unfortunately, though, the students in the story are having a "real world" experience involving how to more efficiently kill people as they deal with missile launch simulations. It's too bad the students weren't exposed to the mathematics concerned with environmental improvement, business efficiency, infrastructure design and other aspects of life that improve the human condition rather than annihilate it. I hope the students realized that those missile launches weren't "just a Nintendo game" as one student described it. BRAD NELSON Newbury Park
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