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NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 17, 2003

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich at 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield hosts the 15th annual Math, Science, and Technology Conference Friday and Saturday (March 21-22). More than 500 area teachers are expected to attend. The meeting brings together teachers to share innovative and effective ways to introduce math and science into the classroom.

Featured speakers during the conference are:

  • Ane Carla Rovetta, storyteller, artist, educator, and repeat speaker at the conference. A naturalist who has been teaching science and leading natural history excursions throughout the West since 1974, Rovetta fuses art and storytelling to add enchantment to the learning process. In addition to the sessions she will be leading, she will also be the Saturday luncheon speaker.

  • Jeff Moffit, a professor in the Physical Education and Kinesiology (PEAK) Department at CSUB. Moffit will speak about the role of technology in the production of the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. Moffit who has competed in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, will relate how high-tech devices keep track of all runners in real time on the internet during the race, how he collects and interprets mathematical data as he trains, and his experiences as an amateur in attempting to "peak" for and recover from the Ironman.

    Conference registration begins Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., with a reception in front of the Dore Theater beginning at 5:30 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., Ron Kean, Director of Choral Activities at Bakersfield College, will discuss the "Mathematics of Music" during a presentation in the Dore Theater. Members of the Bakersfield College Chorale will help "illustrate" his talk. Afterwards the Kern Astronomical Society will guide stargazing. Registration will continue Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday's program is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Sessions and workshops will be presented at Dorothy Donahoe Hall, the School of Education Building, and Science I and II. Aimed at Kern County area teachers, the conference is sponsored by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and three regional professional organizations; Bakersfield Math Council (BMC), Kern Science Educators Association (KSEA), and Kern Computer Using Educators (KCUE), and CSUB's Teaching with New Technologies (TNT). Organizer Ron Hughes, a CSUB education professor, said Bakersfield College is also involved in the conference this year.

    For more information, please call (661) 665-6123 or (800) 788-2782 (ask for MST).

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