University of South Florida
Director of mass communications to return to faculty
The director of the University of South Florida's School of Mass Communications will step down in 2009 after a 14-year tenure.
In an e-mail to his colleagues dated Oct. 2, Jay Friedlander said he will return to the faculty after taking a nine-month sabbatical. Friedlander, who was chairman of the journalism program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before coming to USF, wrote that he expects to "continue to be fully engaged in all school decision making" until a new director is in place.
Friedlander is one of two external administrators hired for USF's mass communications program in its 40-year history. He helped raise more than $4-million for the program and tripled the number of pre-majors and majors.
Dr. Vic Peppard, chairman of the Department of World Languages, will head the search for a director.
School chief Carvalho gets two-year contract
The Miami-Dade School Board voted 6-3 last Friday to give a two-year contract to its new superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, instead of the three-year deal he initially negotiated, the Miami Herald reports. The board voted down the three-year contract after controversy arose about Carvalho's quick selection as superintendent and purported e-mails suggesting a possible romantic link between Carvalho and the Herald's former education reporter.
Last month, Carvalho turned down an offer to be the Pinellas superintendent after the Miami-Dade board selected him after it parted ways with former superintendent Rudy Crew. His new contract calls for a salary of $275,000.
attitudes toward math
Report cites the lack of respect in United States
Even the most talented mathematics students are being discouraged from advancing in the field thanks to cultural attitudes in the United States, according to a report published last Friday in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. The study examined participants in top mathematics competitions for students and found that the majority of the top young mathematicians in the country – especially females – were born in other countries.
Many girls with extremely high aptitude for math exist, concluded Janet Mertz, a professor of oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and senior author of the study, but they're rarely identified because of the low respect American culture places on math, systemic flaws in the U.S. public school education system, and a lack of role models.
The report suggests that a full 80 percent of female and 60 percent of male faculty members hired in recent years by the top research university mathematics departments in the United States were born in other countries.
Gradebook contributors: Donna Winchester and Thomas C. Tobin