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Science Café on mathematics in rural communities is Wednesday

Bob Klein, Ohio University mathematics professor, will host the Science Café discussion titled "Mathematics: What's rural got to do with it." 

He will discuss educational success and mathematics in rural communities. The discussion will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Baker University Center Front Room.

"Many really good researchers have focused on urban issues in education, but few have focused on rural communities and the obstacles and affordance to teaching good mathematics," said Klein.

Klein believes that the Athens community, being located in southern Ohio, has a unique opportunity to observe issues that occur in the teaching of mathematics in a rural community.

"The media and popular culture venues have made education the target of condemnations and "easy fix" pronouncements, misunderstanding how difficult the enterprise is," said Klein.

He aims to help correct misunderstandings, and shed light on problems that have been otherwise overlooked.

"Teaching is brain surgery without the instruments," said Klein.

Science Cafes are a venue for students interested in the sciences and engineering to participate in a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in an informal setting.