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September 9, 1998 |

Barbara Micski-Tynan Brook, 56, an assistant professor of mathematics at Camden County College for more than two decades, died Saturday at her Medford home from brain cancer. Born in Schenectady, N.Y., she had resided in Medford since 1972. Mrs. Brook had been assistant professor of mathematics at Camden County College in Blackwood since 1976. She received the college's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1989, and for the last five years she had been selected to help grade Math Advanced Placement tests at Clemson University.

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December 3, 1997 |

John P. Cherico, 48, a math teacher in Philadelphia public schools since 1977, died Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden, from a heart attack. A Haddon Township resident since 1982, he was born in Atlantic City and was raised in Margate. Mr. Cherico had been teaching Algebra I and preparation classes for PSATs in the Philadelphia High School for Girls since September. Before that he had taught math at Benjamin Franklin High School since 1979, and at Sulzberger Junior High School for one year and at Jay Cooke Junior High School for two years.

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August 6, 1996 |

Rosalind E. Meier Pfefferle, 57, of Abington, a mathematics teacher, died Friday of cancer at the Roslyn Convalescent Home. Mrs. Pfefferle was born in Philadelphia and graduated in 1955 from Girls' High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from Ursinus College in 1959. She taught math at Upper Moreland High School until 1972, when she left to raise her family. For 20 years, until 1993, she taught part-time at the Lakeside Center for Girls in Willow Grove and instructed homebound students for several school districts.

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October 2, 2011 |

Claire Cohen Jacobs, 89, formerly of Haddon Township, a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University in Camden for 27 years who initiated a summer computer and math program for teenagers, died of pneumonia Monday, Sept. 26, at Compassionate Care Hospice in Wilmington. Dr. Jacobs joined the Rutgers-Camden faculty in 1964 after earning a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. While teaching, she earned a doctorate in education from Rutgers in the 1970s.

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October 21, 1990 |

In addition to the English language, Regina A. Vahey often converses in another tongue at Holy Cross High School. It's called mathematics. "Math is a language," said Vahey, chairwoman of the school math department. ". . . Most people see it as a science, but it is a language. Since it's a language, it has its own words. You have to learn those symbols the same as you would a foreign language. " She wants them to tackle the terminologies before tackling the problems. "Most students don't read a math textbook; they use it to find problems," she said.

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February 16, 1987 |

There comes a moment in the lives of students when familiar objects, such as apples, cease being apples. They turn, alas, into math problems. It begins early, with questions such as, "Two apples plus one apple is how many apples?" Just when you've mastered that, they want you to figure how much 30 percent diluted apple juice you would have to add to 5 gallons of 40 percent apple juice to get 35 percent apple juice. And by the time a kid gets to high school, teachers are saying things such as, "If A and B are two sets, and their product, AxB, is the set of all ordered pairs (a,b)

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June 6, 2006 |

Today's date is the third time this year that an unusual pattern appears in the date: it is 06/06/06. On April 5 we had 04/05/06, while Canada had this pattern on May 4. Patterns in mathematics abound. Sometimes the beauty is simply in the patterns, and there is no real significance beyond that. For example, where the number is equal to the sum of its digits raised to consecutive exponents: 135=11+32+53 or 598=51+92+83 or 2,427=21+42+23+74. Sometimes the pattern can be an unusual relationship between two numbers, such as pairs of numbers whose sum and product are reverses of each other (9x9=81 and 9+9=18, or 3x24=72 and 3+24=27)

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February 15, 2004 |

Choose one. Mathematics is: (a) Colorless, a black and white soup of numbers. (b) Cold, with below-zero emotional components. (c) Humdrum squared. (d) Mystical. Vibrant. The essence of life. If you selected a, b or c, you might consider surgery on your left brain. Less drastic would be a trip to the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers University in Camden. There, 31 math artists have assembled 71 artworks designed to stimulate and amaze math-jaded individuals alongside intellectuals.

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August 24, 1993 |

Summer vacation is almost over, so today Uncle Dave has a special back-to- school "pep talk" for you young people, starting with these heartfelt words of encouragement: HA HA HA YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND UNCLE DAVE DOESN'T NEENER NEENER NEENER. Seriously, young people, I have some important back-to-school advice for you, and I can boil it down to four simple words: "Study Your Mathematics. " I say this in light of a recent alarming Associated Press story stating that three out of every four high-school students - nearly 50 percent - leave school without an adequate understanding of mathematics.

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April 30, 1991 |

Last month, I witnessed a chilling example of what U.S. Secretary of Education Arthur A. Tuberman was referring to in a recent speech when he said that, in terms of basic mathematics skills, the United States has become, and I quote, "a nation of stupids. " This incident occurred when my son and I were standing in line at Toys "R" Us, which is what we do for father-son bonding because it involves less screaming than Little League. Our immediate goal was to purchase an item that my son really needed, called Intruder Alert.

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May 29, 2015 |

Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.

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March 27, 2015 |

At 11:20 last night, City Commissioner Stephanie Singer was at 999 signatures - one short of the 1,000 required to remain on the May 19 Democratic primary ballot, but her legal team was reviewing 18 signatures to see if they could resurrect just one. Singer, who was first elected a city commissioner in 2011, saw the number of her signatures whittled down from nearly 1,500 when the ballot-challenge process started last week. She was challenged by Daniel Bucher, who is not a candidate.

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November 25, 2014 |

Peter H. Sellers, 84, of Philadelphia, one of the early pioneers of DNA research, died Saturday, Nov. 15, of cancer at home. Dr. Sellers was the ninth generation of Philadelphia's first family of scientists and engineers, according to D. Vitiello, writing in Engineering Philadelphia, published by Cornell University Press in 2014. Beginning in 1966, Dr. Sellers spent 48 years as a senior research scientist at Rockefeller University. The university called him "a brilliant and pioneering mathematician whose [work]

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November 6, 2013 |

IF YOU'RE one of those nervous people who watch the skies for the first sign of a meteor or comet that will hit the Earth and wipe out life as we know it, you might be interested in the work of William Wright Kuhn. In 1999, Bill Kuhn became a consultant to Blue Origin, the company started by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and recent purchaser of the Washington Post, to explore space privately. (Someday, if you have the cash, Jeff will load you into one of his spacecraft and shoot you off to a nice vacation among the stars.)

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October 10, 2012 |

The Rev. John J. Farrell, 79, president of Biscayne College in Miami from 1975 to 1980 and a development office executive at Villanova University from 1980 to 1993, died Friday, Oct. 5, of heart failure at AristaCare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Father Farrell studied at the Augustinian Academy there from 1946 to 1950, then entered the Augustinian religious order and was ordained a priest in 1959. Father Farrell earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Villanova in 1955 and completed his theological studies in 1959 at Augustinian College in Washington.

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August 24, 2012

William P. Thurston, 65, a mathematician who revolutionized understanding of the structure of 3-D spaces and won the Fields Medal, often described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics, died Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y. The cause was cancer, his son Dylan said. Mr. Thurston's fields of expertise were geometry and topology, the study of different possible shapes for multidimensional space. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment in a lifetime of breakthroughs was his Geometrization conjecture, which postulated that all possible 3-D spaces are made up of eight types of geometrical pieces, a discovery he likened to finding eight outfits that could fit anybody in the world.

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October 2, 2011 |

Claire Cohen Jacobs, 89, formerly of Haddon Township, a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University in Camden for 27 years who initiated a summer computer and math program for teenagers, died of pneumonia Monday, Sept. 26, at Compassionate Care Hospice in Wilmington. Dr. Jacobs joined the Rutgers-Camden faculty in 1964 after earning a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. While teaching, she earned a doctorate in education from Rutgers in the 1970s.

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August 6, 2011 |

Rudolf Alexandrov taught math classes at Chestnut Hill College twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. And on Wednesday, shortly before he jumped to his death, he sat in the rotunda of St. Joseph's Hall and collected his thoughts, as was his routine. "We were not aware that he was suffering any kind of emotional stress at all," said the college's director of communications, Kathleen Spigelmyer, who gave some insights Friday into what transpired around the time of Alexandrov's death.

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April 29, 2011 |

The modern world, in case you hadn't noticed, is increasingly awash in data - satellite signals, weather maps, digital video, complex medical imaging, recordings of seismic activity. A key reason scientists and engineers are able to deal with it all - transmitting it, analyzing it, cleaning it up - is the work of a soft-spoken mathematician who would just as soon deflect the credit to others. Ingrid Daubechies, 56, was among eight recipients Thursday of awards from the Franklin Institute, given annually for achievement in the sciences and business.

BUSINESS

April 23, 2011 |

NEW YORK - Mathematics. It's a subject that can elicit groans and exclamations of "Boring!" But Glen Whitney, a former hedge-fund quantitative analyst, is betting he can change that with a formula that looks like this: math = discovery = beauty = fun. Whitney is planning to open the only museum in the United States dedicated to mathematics. MoMath, which will center on the wonders of mathematics and its connections with art, science, and finance, is scheduled to open in New York City in 2012, with the help of a $2 million grant from Google Inc. The joy of discovery in math is lost to the "tyranny of the curriculum and the almost treadmill of standardized testing," Whitney said.