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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Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a commentcenter_img Po-Shen Loh (BS ’04) has led the U.S. Mathematics Olympiad Team since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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first_imgNewsBreaking newsLocal News#Video Roof blown off Limerick Boat ClubBy admin – February 12, 2014 2372 Advertisement Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick TAGSdarwinfeaturedMusic Limerickstormweather Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet WhatsApp Linkedin Email Printcenter_img #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Video Playerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/Limerick-City-Fire-Rescue.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thanks to Damien Carton. Twitter Previous articleStorm Darwin – pictures from LimerickNext articleStorm Darwin Photos from Upper Mallow Street admin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

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Authority Seeks Costs and Funds for New Low-Income Housing in Ocean City

first_imgThe senior units at Bay View Manor at Sixth Street and West Avenue and the parking lot where a new building could be built.The Ocean City Housing Authority continues to explore the possibility of expanding and rebuilding its low-income housing units in Ocean City.An Authority subcommittee will meet on Thursday (Jan. 22) with representatives of Pennrose, a Philadelphia-based property management company, as it seeks answers to a couple basic questions: What would it cost? And where would the money come from?“The onus is on them to show us how they can accomplish that,” said Scott Halliday, a member of the Housing Authority redevelopment subcommittee along with Edmond Speitel and Chairman William Woods.The Housing Authority, operates under the auspices of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and currently administers 20 Peck’s Beach Village units on the north side of Fourth Street (between Simpson and West avenues) for senior citizens and 40 units on the south side of Fourth Street for families, along with senior housing at Bay View Manor that includes 61 units in a five-story building at Sixth Street and West Avenue.The Housing Authority hopes first to add a new building on an Authority-owned parking lost adjacent to Bay View Manor.Housing Authority Executive Director Alesia Watson said the new building would have to include at least 20 units — enough to house the seniors that would be displaced if the homes at Peck’s Beach Village were ever rebuilt.The Housing Authority hired Pennrose for its expertise in securing funding and financing.Pennrose is working to help the Housing Authority secure a $6 million to $7 million federal Community Development Block Grant for housing authorities affected by Superstorm Sandy. Watson said Ocean City applied for the funding more than a year ago, and she reported Tuesday that she’d like to schedule a “face-to-face” meeting with the grant administrators in February.The company is seeking competitive Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that encourage private investment in affordable housing.The Housing Authority also hopes to partner with the City of Ocean City and potentially use some of the $2.1 million in development fees that the city has been required to collect for affordable housing initiatives.Representatives from the city will attend the Thursday meeting with Pennrose.The Housing Authority also voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize the subcommittee to negotiate an agreement with Pennrose for “the expansion and redevelopment of Bay View Manor and Peck’s Beach Village.” The agreement would expand Pennrose’s role in any potential redevelopment project.The Housing Authority meets only bi-monthly, and it wanted to empower the subcommittee to act in the interim.Housing Authority Solicitor Charles Gabage suggested that the subcommittee should consider making the City of Ocean City a party to any agreement if the city contributes to the redevelopment._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____The construction of a new building at Bay View Manor would be the first step in a project that could include the building of 122 new elevated units to replace the 60 flood-prone units of the existing Peck’s Beach Village.The units are rented to low-income residents at low rental rates — with preference given to veterans, the disabled and existing Ocean City residents.Tuesday’s meeting also included the re-election of Woods as chairman of the Housing Authority and of Stu Sirott as vice chairman.last_img read more

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