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Current Issue:  April 8, 2002
Volume 37, Number 18

COE to study mathematics programs
Hewlett-Packard awards grant, partnership

Celebrating at the recent Hewlett-Packard event are, from left, Jeff Hale, COE Development director; Betsy Till, UNM Foundation; Richard Kitchen, professor; Viola E. Florez, dean; and Lynn Oshima, professor. Photo by Margaret Duran.The Hewlett-Packard Company recently named the College of Education (COE) its partner in a new $1.3 million nationwide grant program designed to reward and study secondary schools in low-income areas that excel in the teaching of mathematics.

Bess Stephens, global director of Hewlett-Packard’s Philanthropy and Education division, awarded the COE’s portion of the High-Achieving Schools grant, $375,000, at a recent event held at Bernalillo High School.

The celebration was held in honor of the company’s more than $1.8 million in contributions to six New Mexico educational institutions during the past twelve months. Of this total, more than $700,000 was awarded to UNM, $550,000 to the College of Education and $155,000 to the School of Engineering.

The principal investigators for the new COE grant are Viola E. Florez, dean, and Richard Kitchen, associate professor in department of Educational Specialties.

“We’re delighted with the news of this important research project, which holds great potential for assisting teachers across the country with improving mathematics education,” Florez said.

UNM is also one of three recipients of the $180,000 Hewlett-Packard Engineering and Computer Science Retention Grant, newly created in 2002. The grant includes equipment and funding to support professors in the UNM Colleges of Engineering and Education who will create a link between a computer-programming course and introductory physics.

Both grant packages include a Hewlett-Packard Wireless Mobile Classroom, which will be used for a seminar course, study sessions and academic excellence workshops with minority students. The unit includes 30 HP Omnibook notebook PCs, a digital camera, Officejet all-in-one printer/copies/scanner/fax, MobiLAN One wireless motorized cart from Wireless Information Networks and Mindsurf Discourse instructional software.

The grant process is highly selective and UNM’s success is a credit to the strength of its programs, Stephens said, noting that the Hewlett-Packard/COE partnership is a rare honor. “Typically, this type of award goes to an engineering school,” she said during the ceremony attended by Gov. Gary Johnson and state leaders.

With the High Achieving Schools grant, Kitchen and colleagues Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis, Jonathan Brinkerhoff and Julie DePree will identify seven high achieving, but economically challenged schools nationwide for grant funding. The researchers will work with the schools to integrate the Wireless Mobile Classroom into teaching, especially in mathematics, study the results, and form a new network to share best practices.

The High Achieving Schools grant to the COE is the largest in the history of the UNM-Hewlett Packard relationship.

Secondary schools that qualify for the High Achieving Grant project may get information and apply at http://webcenter.hp.com/grants/achieve.