Boston University News Release

24th November, 2003

"Focus on Mathematics" to Welcome Partners from Local Schools, Boston University at Colloquium

(Boston, Mass) — “Focus on Mathematics” is sponsoring a colloquium and reception for teachers, school superintendents, researchers, and mathematicians affiliated with this new math-education improvement program at Boston University on Friday, December 5. The events will be held at the University’s School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue.

The program will feature a colloquium on chaos theory — “Chaos in the Classroom” — by Robert Devaney, a professor of mathematics at Boston University and a researcher affiliated with “Focus on Mathematics.” He is a past recipient of the Mathematical Society of America’s national teaching award and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Director’s Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Devaney is the first mathematician to have been so honored by NSF.

The “Focus on Mathematics” program, supported by a five-year, $10 million NSF grant, aims to foster professional development among teachers and to improve student achievement in grades 5 to 12. It is a partnership initiative involving Boston University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Education Development Center in Newton, and five Massachusetts school districts: Arlington, Chelsea, Lawrence, Waltham, and Watertown.

The late-afternoon event is open to the media and the public, although reservations are required. Reservations for the events and for special-rate parking can be made through December 1 by calling 617/358-2388.

EVENT:“Focus on Mathematics” Colloquium and Reception
DATE: Friday, December 5
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (colloquium)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (reception)
PLACE: Boston University School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 208 (colloquium); Executive Dining Room, Fourth Floor (reception)
Boston, Mass.

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