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"Who Wants to be a Mathematician" coming to UH Hilo

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Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Mathematics Department in conjunction with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will host a game show entitled “Who Wants to be a Mathematician,” a game of mathematical skill and excitement patterned on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." The show has been held at various locations from Boston to Honolulu for seven years. This is the first time it will be held on the Big Island. Eight previously qualified Big Island High School math students will compete for up to $3000 in cash and prizes.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in UCB 100 in the UH Hilo campus. This afternoon of Mathematics will include a talk by Dr. Ken Ono of the University of Wisconsin.

“One of our goals is to celebrate Mathematics on the Big Island and encourage mathematical growth in high school and beyond,” said UH Hilo Math Professor Dr. Roberto Pelayo. “Teaching becomes much easier whenever you make it fun and interesting and we feel that introducing some spirited competition in a game atmosphere modeled on a popular television show will do exactly that by making math cool to more students.”

This event is sponsored by Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, John Wiley & Son, the AMS, and UH Hilo. For more information on "Who Wants to be a Mathematician," contact Dr. Pelayo at (808) 974-7378 or email

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