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March 1, 2012

N.Y. Times bestselling author to speak at ULM math mini-conference March 10

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Mathematics Department, in conjunction with The Northeast Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics, welcome New York Times best-selling author and renowned mathematics educator, Greg Tang, as guest speaker at this year's NELATM 6th Annual Mini-Conference.

The conference will be held Saturday morning, March 10, in the ULM Student Union Building Ballroom.

Currently, there are over 150 area educators registered for the event, which has limited spaces remaining.

The schedule is as follows:
Check in: 7:45 a.m.
Session One: 8:30 a.m.
Session Two: 10:30 a.m.
General Meeting: Noon

Tang will be conducting two different mathematics workshops, each session will be 90 minutes long:

"The Art of Smart" is designed to explore a new teaching paradigm that develops algebraic thinking skills in every student. Tang's goal is not to make kids great in computations or great in problem solving, but to make them smart.

"Teaching in the Digital Age" educates teachers on how math activities can be combined with online gaming, social networking, and how creative uses of technology can bring revolutionary change to their classrooms.

For more conference information including registration, visit

About Greg Tang:

Tang grew up in Ithaca, N.Y. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Harvard, and later earned an M.A. degree in Math Education from New York University.

He is certified as a middle school and high school math teacher.

According to Tang, his goal is to "give kids a better understanding of math, from counting all the way through calculus."

His first book "The Grapes of Math" was published in 2001 and became a New York Times best seller.

Since then, he has written "Math For All Seasons", "The Best of Times," "Math Appeal," "Math-terpieces," "Math Fables," "Math Potatoes," and "Math Fables Too."

For more information about Greg Tang, visit or

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