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July 19, 2007

Smith College Founds Quantitative Learning Center

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The need to analyze and draw conclusions from quantitative data does not disappear if a student decides to major in a subject other than mathematics.

In fact, Smith College courses in government, sociology, environmental studies, chemistry and others regularly include quantitative materials. To support students doing work across the curriculum, Smith recently founded the Quantitative Learning Center.

Catherine McCune, a former visiting professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith, has been appointed the center’s inaugural director and will begin Aug. 1. McCune, a Northampton resident, received her doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Similar to the college’s Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning, the new center will support students outside of class. The Quantitative Learning Center will offer tutoring, hold workshops and class study sessions.

“Students will now have somewhere to turn for support,” said Howard Gold, professor of government and chairman of the search committee for the center director. “This will be an important resource to promote quantitative literacy among our students.”

The new center is slated to be located in the Neilson Library.

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