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April 6, 2006

Farmingdale State Professor Sheldon Gordon Co-editor of Ground-Breaking Mathematics Book

Dr. Sheldon Gordon, professor of mathematics at Farmingdale State University of New York, is a co-editor of the book A Fresh Start for Collegiate Mathematics: Rethinking the Courses below Calculus that was just published by the Mathematical Association of America.  Dr. Gordon is a nationally recognized mathematics educator who has taught at Farmingdale State since 1997.

A Fresh Start for Collegiate Mathematics: Rethinking the Courses below Calculus is a collection of 49 articles written by a veritable who's who among mathematics educators.  The book is part of the MAA's national initiative to bring about a major change in the focus of courses that are taken by more than one million college students each year.  Previously, these courses served as preparation for calculus, but today the overwhelming number of students take these courses for the mathematics needed in other disciplines, not as preparation for calculus.  Because of this, the MAA wishes to emphasize conceptual understanding and realistic applications via mathematical modeling rather than just the development of algebraic skills and rote manipulation.

Dr. Gordon received the Mathematical Association of America Award for outstanding teaching contributions to mathematics education. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Harvard Calculus Consortium, a project which has affected the teaching of calculus in virtually every high school and college in the country.  In addition, he received the 2005 SUNY Research Foundation Award for Research and Scholarship. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books.

Dr. Sheldon Gordon, a resident of East Northport, obtained his B.S. in Mathematics from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from McGill University.

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