to Jason Frand's
September 1, 2006 was the start of an entirely new career for me.
Retiring in 2006 meant it was thirty years since completing my
doctorate (1976) and having lived an incredible career at UCLA
involving the future: thinking about it, teaching about it,
designing (and building) a building for it. That career was
my trip to the moon! Retiring I turned my time and energy
toward doing something I really enjoy doing: teaching young
children mathematics! Now I'm on a trip to Mars!
My (on-going) life as a husband, father, grandfather and
- Travels with Lois and Jason
catalogs many of the wonderful travel adventures we've shared
together since our 1966 honeymoon camping trip across the
- The poem The Owl's Answer in
many ways summarizes my views toward life, and learning as the
greatest journey which we can experience.
- Year One 1974 Experiences describes
the chaos in my life as a doctoral student, but still rings true
after all these years.
- The 2013 Culver City Education Foundation President's Award for Community Service
(see fourth picture down) was very nice recognition of the years
of volunteer support that Lois and I contributed to Culver City
My (retired) life as a Math coach
In October 2006 I started teaching math enrichment classes twice
each week to 4th and 5th grade students at Linwood E. Howe
Elementary, a Title 1 school that serves a broad cross section of
eastern Culver City. In March, 2008 I organized a Los
Angeles County-wide Math Olympiad Tournament, which is now an
annual event. In 2010 I started teaching a "Math4Parents"
class for the elementary school parents. In September, 2012, I
introduced my "legacy" project, extending the math enrichment which
I did at one school via Mathlete Clubs to the other four Culver City
elementary schools. In August, 2014, I was asked
by a LA School District teacher for my lessons on mathematical
problem solving to help her introduce the Common Core curriculum,
and in September, 2014. I learned about Cognitive Guided
Instruction, an incredible pedagogical approach to teaching
mathematics which the Culver School District adopted and which
matches what I've been trying to do for years. In 2015 I once
again taught a parent class, but this time to introduce them to
CGI. At the 2015 and 2016 Math tournaments I was asked about
doing a training session for the coaches. In June 2016, I did
my first teacher workshop and am continuing to do these. In
May each year since 2010 I've served as a judge at the California
State Science Fair. Retirement could not be more fun!!!
I've created a web page to catalog my work related to all these
activities: Math Enrichment
My (former) professional life at UCLA Anderson School
The most amazing aspect of my life right now (2017), is that it is
like the person who lived my former life was some one other than
me. I've selected the links below as they give a good overall
picture of my time at UCLA.
- My role as Assistant
and Director, Anderson Information Systems 1980 - 2006 is
nicely summarized in the School's retirement article.
- The article The Information-Age
Mindset: Changes in Students and Implications for
Higher Education, the cover story in fall 2000
EDUCAUSE Review, captured the behavioral changes in our
university students that I had observed. I think this was
the most important article I had written.
- My most challenging research was thinking about how we would
manage all the information flooding us in this information
age. Traditionally librarian cataloged and organized files
and documents for us. However, with everyone using a
computer, personal knowledge management is a serious
challenge. It was nice learning in 2017 that my 1998 paper
Knowledge Managment: Who? What? Why?
Where? When? How? is cited on Wikipedia
in the History and Background as the originator of the term!
- My primary research area was tracking the introduction and
impact of computer technology in the university environment, as
reflected in Annual UCLA
Survey of Business School Computing Usage conducted
between 1980 and 1999. This research was the motivation for so
many invitations to speak at conferences and schools around the
- As an instructor, my courses where almost always future
oriented: I taught an "office automation" course in the
early 1980s, which reflected the early introduction of word
processing on computers. Also in the early 80's I taught
an introduction to computer technology course in which the
students developed the specifications for the first
microcomputer for the Anderson faculty. The 1999
description for my Managerial
Computing course (using what was then "emerging"
technology) with its focus on the future, has a fun set of
starting questions, many of which are now answered.
- An assignment in my 1996 Managerial Implications of
Emerging Information Technologies class was to select an
emerging technology and write a paper describing it and the
selected the best papers and posted them on my website
thinking that our students had good ideas worth sharing. Bill Palace’s paper
Mining has been a major success from the perspective
that it is still available and listed on the first page of a
Google or a Yahoo search.
- Toward the end of my UCLA career, I conducted several
workshops on the Library
of the Future, building on the work we did on integrating
the UCLA Anderson School library and computer
- The decade of the 1990s focused on planning and then
implementing AndersoNet, at the time, the most advanced
computing and network environment in any university. These
fun Network Central
Photos show all the spaghetti wiring which the user never
saw, but made it all possible. But, this was just another
step in the history of computing at UCLA. Clay Sprowls
introduced digital technology to the campus in the 1950s and documented
this fascinating centralized computer history with pictures and
testimonials. My mini-
and micro-computer history adds another dimension to the
story. Note: I downloaded Clay's files from the
www.personal.anderson.ucla.edu web server in June, 2017 in an
effort to preserve this history as the server is being
retired. Hopefully all pictures and links were captured.
You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
First homepage created September
updated June 6, 2017