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Youth violence, tech toys, charity — Issues and experts

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December 03, 2003
The tragedy of youth violence…The beating death of a young Filipino student in Vancouver on the weekend raises fears and concerns over the problem of youth violence and how to curb it. SFU criminology professor Raymond Corrado specializes in the field and has studied the problem in incarcerated youths to learn more about their decision-making patterns, and why many become repeat offenders. He can talk about the tragedy, the need for early intervention in the lives of potentially violent youths and efforts underway to deal with youth violence.
    Raymond Corrado, 604.291.3269; raymond_corrado@sfu.ca

    Tech toys for Christmas…It’s a high-tech world and what could be more fitting under the tree this year than a high-tech toy? Faculty and researchers at the school of Interactive Arts and Technology and the eLearning Innovation Centre (eLINC) are well versed in the latest gadgets and computer programs. They can share their suggestions for the stressed-out gift buyer, from the Lego Mindstorm Robotics Invention System used in school courses, to the handy Palm In-Car GPS Solution, a global positioning system that even Santa could use.

    Football lends a hand…Instead of hanging up their helmets now that their season is over, members of the SFU Clan football team are filling them with toys and goods for the needy. It’s part of the team’s annual end of season charity project. For the past several years they’ve sponsored a family through the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Team members — who made the playoffs this season for the first time — are collecting money for their annual shopping trip. Coach Chris Beaton and his players can talk about why they take on the project and the importance of giving.

    Math teaching that adds up…A more than basic understanding of math is becoming more important in our daily lives with the increasing advancement of computer technology and of instability in the financial world. However, one of the biggest problems facing math educators is students’ lack of interest in the subject. Mathematicians and math educators will put their heads together to find solutions to this perennial problem at the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Winter 2003 meeting, hosted by SFU Dec. 6 to 8, Harbour Centre campus. See www.cms.math.ca/Events/winter03 The speakers, math educator Deborah Ball and mathematician Hyman Bass, are well known for their research on the mathematical knowledge teachers need to teach well. Ball and Bass are from the University of Michigan. SFU mathematician Malgorzata Dubiel can talk extensively about the speakers’ work and the state of math education in public schools.