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Math's Newfound Role In Pop Culture Is Celebrated By Queens College Students


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Friday, November 17
Student march: 8:30 am


– Student March Will Highlight Opening Line from Hit CBS-TV Show “NUMB3RS” – “We All Use Math Every Day” –

– Kicks Off Conference and Recruiting Event to Overcome Shortage of Math Teachers –

FLUSHING, NY, November 15, 2006 – “Math is everywhere, not just in school,” says Kendal Jones, a senior at Queens College whose aspiration is to be a math teacher. “That’s been the case since the beginning of time, and if it takes a hit TV show like ‘NUMB3RS’ to popularize the concept, so be it. Charlie Epps may be the poster child for math on TV, but we want people everywhere to understand that math’s role goes beyond solving crimes.”

WHAT: 30 out of the 84 math students who attend Queens College as part of TIME 2000, an undergraduate mathematics teacher preparation program, will march with posters they created to show all the different places that mathematics can be found. For example, the sport of rock climbing uses equations to calculate the severity of a fall. Other areas where math is used are bungee jumping, roller coasters, air traffic control, cooking, video games, law, packaging, car safety, poetry, and more!

The march kicks off the fifth annual TIME 2000 “Celebrating Mathematics Teaching” conference. Over 300 high school students from New York City and Long Island—all of whom enjoy the subject and are considering careers as math teachers—will attend the conference. Thirty math teachers will also attend. Workshops will stress the fun and excitement of teaching math, focusing on such topics as discovering conic sections through Play-Doh and exploring third- and fourth-dimensional space.

Millie Johnson, a mathematics professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Johnson has consulted on mathematical applications ranging from septic tank design to river flow management to DNA testing to how bees communicate.

WHY: There is a shortage of qualified math teachers in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, in 2005, close to 60% of middle school students were taught mathematics by teachers who had neither an undergraduate major nor math certification.

WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2006
8:30 – 9:20 am Student Demonstration
8:45 – 9:20 am Breakfast and Registration
9:30 – 9:45 am Conference Opening Remarks
9:45 – 10:50 am Keynote: “Using Mathematics to Understand What Bees
Are Buzzing About”
11:00 – 12:50 pm Workshop Sessions
1:00 – 1:50 pm Student Panel and Closing Remarks

Details on workshop locations and times will be included in the program and signage at LeFrak Hall.

WHERE: Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall (Music Building)
For directions, go to

The TIME 2000 Program is an undergraduate program at Queens College designed for prospective secondary school mathematics teachers. (The TIME acronym stands for Teaching Improvement through Mathematics Education.) Participating students, who are recruited out of high school, are provided with up to four years of free tuition in exchange for pursuing careers as secondary school math teachers.

Students in the program major in mathematics and minor in secondary education. They work closely with professors and peers and engage in course work, seminars and special extracurricular activities. Upon graduation and completion of New York State examinations, the students are qualified to teach mathematics in grades 7 through 12.

For more information, please visit .

Attention, media: We are glad to arrange pre-interviews with Dr. Alice Artzt, the TIME 2000 founder and director.


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