Media Advisory: UC Berkeley introduces its first Math for America fellows

Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998
rsanders@berkeley.edu

ATTENTION: K-12 education, science & technology reporters, editors

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Six outstanding math and science teachers from urban public schools in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and Sunnyvale have just entered Math for America Berkeley’s five-year Master Teacher Fellowship program.

Reporters are invited to attend a reception for the new fellows on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Heyns Conference Room in the Men’s Faculty Club. John Ewing, president of Math for America, will join UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau in welcoming the fellows.

UC Berkeley is home to the nation’s seventh Math for America program. The non-profit Math for America was founded in New York in 2004 by James Simons, who earned a Ph.D. in math at UC Berkeley before going on to be a successful technology entrepreneur.

With the introduction this semester of Math for America Berkeley, UC Berkeley is stepping up its efforts to address a critical national issue — the failure of the United States to educate the scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians demanded by the economy. Math for America Berkeley complements the six-year-old Cal Teach program, which exposes math and science undergraduates to teaching as a possible career.

For a complete story on the new program, link to the NewsCenter story.