The About Mathematics Team


Gerald R. Rising is State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo. He has been author or co-author of over a dozen textbooks and 100 journal articles. His most recent book is Inside Your Calculator: From Simple Programs to Significant Insights (Wiley, 2007). Professor Rising has also taught at the University of Minnesota, New York University, the University of Connecticut, Cornell University, and Manchester University in England. A regular speaker at Mathematical Association of America section meetings, he served for over ten years on the Joint American Statistical Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, and was for two years liaison officer between the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Eileen K. Schoaff is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, Buffalo State College. She earned a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for her teaching at the college and at the University at Buffalo. She was a key instructor for the university's Gifted Math Program for bright high school students and she has school as well as college mathematics classroom teaching experience. Especially well informed about programming, Schoaff has written two books and a number of articles about this subject.

Deborah Moore-Russo is Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University at Buffalo. Prior to this she taught mathematics for five years at St. Gregory’s College in Oklahoma and for eight years at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She has been author or co-author of two mathematics textbooks and almost 50 articles in science, mathematics and engineering education. Professor Moore-Russo is active in the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and serves on the Steering Committee of the North American Chapter of this group.


Mark Spahn is a programmer and independent Japanese-to-English technical translator. He earned a BA in mathematics from Canisius College and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Utah. He developed a Japanese programming text editor and has written a number of publications in Japanese related to computing. Spahn has developed many programs for both Texas Instruments and Casio calculators and is senior author of the article, "An Unexpected Use of Primes: Solving Sudokus by Calculator" in Mathematics Teaching.

Julie Sarama is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University at Buffalo. She has taught mathematics content and methods courses for elementary and secondary teachers, secondary school mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, and preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes. She is the director of the university's Gifted Math Program for bright high school students. Sarama designed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award in 1995.) She has published more than 4 books, 30 chapters, and 100 journal articles and has been Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on five projects funded by the National Science Foundation.

David Patrick is a senior member of the Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) team. He is the author of the AoPS textbooks Calculus, Introduction to Counting & Probability and Intermediate Counting & Probability and is current director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He earned the sole perfect score on the American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME) in 1988, was a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner that year, and finished in the top 10 on the Putnam exam in 1991. Patrick graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MS in Mathematics. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT. He was an acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington from 1997 to 2001.

Douglas Clements is SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo. He was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel and a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Early Mathematics. He has published 12 books, 65 chapters and 250 articles in the areas of mathematics teaching, educational technology and early childhood education. Clements is active in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), was editor and author of the NCTM Addenda (to the Standards) materials and was chair of the Editorial Panel of NCTM's research journal, the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.

Steve West is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Geneseo State College, where he chaired the Mathematics Department. He is co-author of the text, Roads to Geometry, now in its 3rd edition. Winner of several teaching awards, member of a number of state and national committees and a Texas Instruments consultant, West has also been president of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State and editor of the that organization's journal.


William Parks is Professor Emeritus, Mesa Community College in Arizona, There and at colleges in New York, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina he taught mathematics and computer information technology. After retiring from college teaching he started a literary agency (*) to provide creative writers and artists opportunities in print and digital media. He has contributed to and played editorial roles for a number of computing journals.