MST Times

Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Newsletter

Archive for July, 2009

Recent Publications & Presentations

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Publications & Presentations

Choi, K. & Hong, D. (2009). Gifted Education in Korea: Three Korean High Schools for Mathematics and Science. Gifted Child Today. (In Print) Lee, Y., Choi, K., & Park, Y. (2009). A Comparison between the U.S. and Korea in the TIMSS 8th grade Mathematics Assessment: An Application of Cognitive Diagnosis Modeling. Will be Presented at [...]

Recent Accomplishments

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Announcements

Dr. Geoffrey Akst & Dr. Sadie Bragg, both Mathematics Education alumni, published new editions of their entire college developmental math series in 2009 with Pearson/Addison Wesley.  The texts emphasize the usefulness of mathematics in student motivation.  (More information) Natalie Berkowitz, 2002 Science Education alumnus, writes a blog covering current educational issues.  Check it out Kyong [...]


By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

On May 16th, 2009, one-hundred twenty individuals including TC students, faculty, staff and local community members, gathered together to learn about the MIT-designed game called Scratch. According to the MIT website, “Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young [...]

Bird’s Eye View: The Insight Project, Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

“We all wear masks. They disguise our real selves, our real faces, and they give us power. The power to portray ourselves just right in the streets, at school and especially at church, if you know what I mean. Change your mask, you become a different person. Problem is, when we wear one mask too [...]

Dr. Neil Grabois, Adjunct Professor, Mathematics Education

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Mathematics Education

A native New Yorker, Dr. Neil Grabois went to elementary school in Brooklyn. It was “very dangerous and very uncomfortable. Kids had zip guns, knives, and brass knuckles.” Looking for a way out, Dr. Grabois took a qualifying test for a math and science high school in Manhattan. He was admitted, and soon enough he [...]

Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah Invites Harlem Students to Explore Science at TC

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Science Education

With the help of Kasandra Brown, River East Elementary science teacher, Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah introduced a group of fourth grade students to TC.  The students had a jam-packed day of fun, including a library tour, visits to science classrooms and an engaging set of science experiments. The purpose of the day was to alleviate [...]

ABC News highlights Dr. Chris Emdin: Teaching Science through Hip-Hop

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Science Education

Did you know that Dr. Chris Emdin is an MC? ABC news caught him rapping at Marie Curie High School in the Bronx, where he currently studies the use of hiphop language in science classrooms. Why hip-hop? Dr. Emdin notes that “You want a positive emotional energy surrounding science… and all those attributes that you [...]

CCTE Conference, TCETC 2009: Technology, Media & Designs for Learning

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

On Sunday, May 10th and Monday, May 11th the Communication, Computing and Technology in Education program at TC hosted TCETC 2009, a conference focused on Technology, Media & Designs for Learning. The TCETC website describes the conference as, “a multi-disciplinary forum for graduate students to discuss and exchange information on the research, development and applications [...]

Betty Chen, CCTE Alumnus

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

Born and raised in New Jersey, Betty Chen knew right out of high school she wanted to combine her interest in business and technology. She found her match in the Management & Technology program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with dual concentrations in Management Information Systems and Marketing. After a few internships during college, Betty found [...]

Sheila Borges, Current Student, Science Education

By • Jul 9th, 2009 • Category: Science Education

Entering her first year as a science student at Rutgers University, Sheila Borges saw “two different worlds of science:” students who were prepared for collegiate study and students who were struggling to catch up. For Sheila, high school was a challenge; she attended two years in Puerto Rico and two years in Jersey City, NJ. Language barriers [...]