May 16, 2016
Darren Glass is associate professor of mathematics at Gettysburg College In his recent book, The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions , political scientist Andrew Hacker argues, among other things, that we should not require high school students to take algebra. Part of his argument, based on data some have questioned, is that algebra courses are a major contributor to students dropping out of high school. He also argues that algebra is nothing more than an "enigmatic orbit of abstractions" that most people will never use in their jobs.
May 2, 2016
Darren Glass is associate professor of mathematics at Gettysburg College I recently saw the film The Man Who Knew Infinity , which was released in many American cities this weekend, and was struck by the beautiful telling of an inspirational story. The film, which stars Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, is a biography of the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was born in India at the end of the 19th century. Though he flunked out of college twice, Ramanujan did mathematical research independently while working as a clerk in an accountant's office.
January 2, 2016 |
Lucien Roland Roy, 91, a mathematics professor at Villanova University for 40 years, died Monday, Dec. 28, of natural causes at a nursing home in Needham, Mass. Mr. Roy was known for his enthusiasm and high standards in the classroom, although colleagues said he was not to every student's taste. "He had a French Canadian accent, and he'd get quite wrapped up in a given theorem or something. Students would be standing there, and he's ranting and raving about how important this thing is," said David Strows, director of graduate programs.
December 14, 2015 |
George E. Weaver, 73, of Havertown, a longtime professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College, died Friday, Dec. 4, of multiple organ failure at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. At the time of his death, Dr. Weaver was the college's Harvey Wexler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. He had received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1969, he joined the Bryn Mawr faculty as a lecturer in the philosophy department. He rose to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1976, and full professor in 1982.
September 22, 2015 |
YOU RARELY SAW Howard Wells without a camera around his neck. What started as a hobby eventually became a passion and ultimately a source of income. You weren't safe from the prying lens of Howard's camera. Nor would you want to be. His photographs captured the daily doings of his native city and its denizens. He also worked for a time for African-American newspapers the Philadelphia Tribune and the Afro-American, recording the events of the day, especially those of interest to African-Americans.
August 25, 2015
Protocol Security Partners founder and CEO Dave Gentile will step down from day-to-day operations of the company. Gentile, who spent 24 years as an FBI agent in Philadelphia, will remain an unpaid consultant. He will become inspector general of the Delaware River Port Authority. The provider of security and investigative services in Blackwood, N.J., named Radek Lakomy the new CEO. Lakomy, a former member of both the Czech and Israeli special forces, served as a consultant in anti-terror roles for the Czech Republic and Israel's International Counter-Terror Institute.
August 21, 2015 |
JOSEPH TERRANCE Heard had this dream. He would start a program for boys who have had discipline problems at school and encourage them to chase the same dream that led him to a successful career in science. It was part of Joe's lifelong commitment to encourage others to follow his path, which took him from a childhood of poverty in Philadelphia public housing to a fulfilling career in mathematics and science research. His brother, Justin, said Joe spent his "time and efforts mentoring many of the youth of our community trying to light the spark of knowledge and education wherever he could.
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.
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.
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]