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The Math Forum has a New Home

The Math Forum has been acquired by Drexel University and is now known as the Math Forum @ Drexel. The new address of the site is http://mathforum.org/. Pointers from the previous addresses will seamlessly redirect you to the new location.

Spearheaded by President Constantine Papadakis and under the direction of Dr. Harvill Eaton, Drexel University's senior vice president for research and graduate studies, the University will maintain the Math Forum @ Drexel site as a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. The site will continue to offer previous Math Forum services, and will introduce new features and communities to ensure the site remains on the cutting edge.

Drexel brings many strengths to the Math Forum, including expertise in mathematics, information science and technology, and education. See http://www.drexel.edu/univrel/aboutdu/ for more about the university. Drexel is Philadelphia's technological university. In 1983, it was the first university in the nation to require all students to have a personal computer. In 2000, Drexel became the first major university to operate a fully wireless CyberCampus.

The Math Forum staff believe that this is their right home for many reasons. Drexel is interested in online learning, technology in teaching, digital libraries, mathematics education, and similar issues. Moreover, Drexel brings an exciting combination of the practical and the theoretical into education. The Math Forum is very comfortable returning to the academic fold, certainly wiser for its dot.com experience. The staff is grateful to WebCT for its generous support and for the concern they displayed for the Math Forum Web site and their continuing research initiatives.

Although all of the Math Forum services will go forward, the Problems of the Week (PoWs) will initially provide services at a much lower level since they are so labor-intensive. The Math Forum will also go forward in new directions, and, for example, hopes to develop tools and techniques to train mentors for the PoWs so that they can be built up in a cost-effective way. Another avenue they hope to explore is using the Math Forum and other digital libraries to study student learning. Now that their energies are no longer focused on reorganization, the Math Forum staff is ready to pursue many other collaborations as well.

The Math Forum @ Drexel will be under the direction of Harvill Eaton. Kristina Lasher is the Forum director, and Gene Klotz (klotz@mathforum.org) will continue as the Math Forum's senior advisor. Bookmarks and links to the Math Forum should be changed to point to http://mathforum.org/.

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Monday, January 1, 2001

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