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United States Wins International Mathematics Olympiad Under Head Coach and Caltech Alumnus Po-Shen Loh

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Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a commentcenter_img Po-Shen Loh (BS ’04) has led the U.S. Mathematics Olympiad Team since 2014. Image courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University.In July of this year, top-ranked high school mathematics students from more than 100 countries gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to compete in the annual International Mathematics Olympiad. The team from the United States won, under the guidance of head coach and Caltech alumnus Po-Shen Loh (BS ’04). The victory was the first for the United States in 21 years.Loh, an associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), attributed the success to a number of factors, including a deeply talented team, a strong sense of collaboration among its members, and, perhaps surprisingly, harder problems. “Some of the problems this year were unusual,” Loh says. “That leveled the playing field a bit, and our team was able to capitalize.”Loh has officially led the team for just over a year, but has been involved with the U.S. Olympiad for most of his career. A silver medalist in the 1999 competition in Romania after his senior year in high school, Loh credits his experiences in the Olympiad for inspiring him to attend Caltech, where his interest in mathematics only deepened. “Competitions are very different from pursuing math as a career,” Loh says. “My professors at Caltech really inspired me to continue into research.”The types of problems that mathematicians work on, whether in academia, engineering, or finance, require deep collaboration, so we try to establish that culture early onThroughout his studies at Caltech, Loh remained committed to the Olympiad program, serving as an assistant coach on the team. “Right after graduation, my wife, Debbie Lee (BS ’04), and I were married around the corner from Caltech, and the very next day, I was on a plane for that year’s competition,” he says.The U.S. Olympiad team is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), which holds regional competitions throughout the year at which Loh and his fellow coaches identify potential team members. In the summer, the MAA hosts an intensive program where these prospects, along with dozens of other top students, hone their skills in a collaborative environment before heading to the international competition.“The types of problems that mathematicians work on, whether in academia, engineering, or finance, require deep collaboration, so we try to establish that culture early on,” Loh says.Beyond helping the Olympiad team members, Loh is working to improve the mathematics literacy of students at all educational levels—all the way down to elementary school.The pool of talented young mathematicians available to programs such as the Olympiad has become deeper in recent years—in part, Loh notes, because access to online materials has allowed self-starting, entrepreneurial students to leap into advanced mathematics at younger ages. “We have more students at age 13 taking calculus than ever before,” he says.Po-Shen Loh (far left) with Team USA: Shyam Narayanan, David Stoner, Michael Kural, Ryan Alweiss, Yang Liu, and Allen Liu, and assistant coaches John Berman and Alex Zhai (far right). Courtesy Po-Shen LohHowever, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center, the United States lags behind other countries in math education, this year ranking 35th out of 64 countries in scores on the Program for International Student Assessment, a standardized test that measures 15-year-old students’ literacy in reading, science, and math. “So while the most self-motivated students are able to flourish, unfortunately others are being left behind,” Loh says.Loh believes that adjusting the way math is taught and then tested may help, starting in elementary school. “Most math is generally taught in bulk segments, followed by a test, which is a high-stakes endeavor for the student,” he observes. “They feel pressure with each choice, then must wait an extended period of time to find out what they did wrong. The sense of collaboration disappears. All this only serves to amplify the effect of a failure. Too many mistakes can be debilitating, causing students to just give up. But trial and failure is actually how we learn best, if we can make failure less costly.”To capitalize on the benefits of trial and error while sidestepping the pitfalls, Loh launched Expii, an online start-up offering web and smartphone apps meant to simulate the experience of one-to-one tutoring. Lessons, which are crowdsourced and vetted by Expii’s users, are structured to lead a student along a series of rapid-fire questions and answers, offering immediate feedback as the student progresses. The company, launched last year, has already attracted a number of investors, including Adam D’Angelo (BS ’06), founder of the website Quora, a popular knowledge base that aggregates users’ questions and answers to topics.“The idea is to let a student know right away if they’re headed down the wrong path, so they can back up and try again. We create a process of trial, failure, and then rapid recovery,” Loh says. This helps students to build confidence, which they then carry to higher-stakes tests.Loh has at least one reason to believe in this method: “That’s the process we use to train for the Olympiad.” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Education United States Wins International Mathematics Olympiad Under Head Coach and Caltech Alumnus Po-Shen Loh From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 11:14 amlast_img read more

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‘This Is False’ : Karnataka HC On BJP’s Affidavit Claiming That No Public Gatherings Were Held During COVID19

first_imgNews Updates’This Is False’ : Karnataka HC On BJP’s Affidavit Claiming That No Public Gatherings Were Held During COVID19 Mustafa Plumber3 March 2021 8:11 AMShare This – xThe Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Wednesday withdrew an affidavit filed by it before the Karnataka High Court in which it stated that no public rally or gathering was held by the party during the COVID-19 pandemic times.This happened after the Court warned that there will be action for perjury for making a false statement on affidavit.”A very bold statement to make that this party has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Wednesday withdrew an affidavit filed by it before the Karnataka High Court in which it stated that no public rally or gathering was held by the party during the COVID-19 pandemic times.This happened after the Court warned that there will be action for perjury for making a false statement on affidavit.”A very bold statement to make that this party has not conducted any road shows or gatherings. This is false. You better correct yourself. There are photographs of the events”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay S Oka told the counsel representing the BJP.”You (Counsel for BJP) better take instruction or else this will be a false statement on oath. Not a single road show or gathering or public rally was held by you?Are you very serious about this statement?”, CJ Oka asked.”We expected you to take the lead and whenever you hold some function or rallies you lay down some norms for your party workers. That is not done by you”, the CJ added. The counsel for the BJP then informed the court that he would like to withdraw the affidavit and file a fresh affidavit.Following this, the bench ordered :”Counsel appearing for the fifth respondent seeks permission to withdraw the affidavit filed on 26th February 2021 with a liberty to file a fresh affidavit. Though we are granting liberty to file a fresh affidavit, the original affidavit will remain on record and a fresh affidavit shall be filed within one week.”The bench was hearing a petition filed by an NGO ‘LetzKits Foundation’, which is seeking action against political parties which held public gatherings in violations of COVID19 protocols relating to wearing of face masks and keeping of social distancing.The bench also directed the State Government to place on record action, if any, taken against the violators of the norms in a rally held in the City of Bengaluru on 21st February 2021. “A memo shall be filed by the State Government setting out the action taken against those who participated in the said rally and who violated the norms regarding use of mask and maintaining social distancing. We are informed that the rally was held demanding reservation for a particular class of society”, the bench ordered.The court also directed the petitioner to place on record the names and addresses of the office bearers of the ninth respondent (Janata Dal (S)) so that appropriate action can be initiated against them on their failure to respond to the notice of the court.The matter will next be heard on March 12.The Court had earlier directed the State government to inform whether it will take action against Member of Parliament Tejasvi Surya and other political leaders who have violated COVID-19 norms by not wearing face masks during political rallies.The court had also issued notice to the political parties asking them to respond on whether they are willing to issue instructions to its members/followers to strictly abide by the rules regarding wearing of mask and maintaining of social distance.The state government has filed an affidavit saying that it was never its intention to prosecute or imprison persons who were found not wearing masks in public places or not maintaining social distance under the stringent provisions of section 5 of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act.The State further said “It is the uniform policy of the state that it does not intend to prosecute mask/social distancing violators, with such harsh punishment and it is deemed sufficient that the fine of Rs 250/100, would suffice for such offences. In this regard it is further submitted that the true intention of the government would be inferred from the more stringent fines that have been prescribed under regulations 3, from owners of public places and organisers of public functions.”It was also stated that an Ordinance will soon be issued amending the existing provisions of the Act, to ensure that its (state governments) policy is accurately reflected in the legal provisions.Today, the Court directed the State Government to respond on whether it has framed any Rules or Regulations prescribing the fine as provided under sub-section (3A) added to Section 5 of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020. The Government is also to state whether a notification has been issued by the State Government in terms of substituted Section 10 notifying the amounts which are required to be paid for compounding of the offences punishable under sub-section (3A) of Section 5 of the Principal Act. The Government submitted a copy of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020, which provides for punishment by way of fine instead of imprisonment for violation of COVID19 norms. By way of amendment to section 5, after sub-section (3), the following has been inserted, namely:- “(3A) whoever contravenes the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be punished with such fine as may be prescribed in rules or in regulations, which may extend to fifty thousand rupees or with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three months or with both.” (ii) in sub-section (4), the figure and brackets “(1)” shall be omitted. Secondly, it has brought in substitution to section 10 of the Principal Act. The amended section shall now read as “10. Composition of certain offences.- (1) Any offence punishable under the provisions of sub-section (3A) of section 5 committed before or after commencement of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020 may either before or after institution of prosecution be compounded by such officer authorised by the Government, on payment of such amount as may be notified by the Government. On such compounding, an offender, if in custody, shall be discharged and no further proceedings shall be taken against him in respect of such offence. (2) Any offence punishable under sub-section (4) of section 5, committed before or after the commencement of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020 may be compounded with permission of the court, by a person against whom such act of violence is committed.” Before the amendment, as per Section 5 of the Act,anyone who contravenes the regulations/orders and directions issued can be imprisoned to a period of minimum three months which can be extended upto five years and with a fine which may be not less than Rs 50,000 and may extend upto Rs 2Lakh.Click Hear To Download/Read Karnataka Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Act, 2020Click Hear To Download/Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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