Date: October 13, 2005
Dr. Kaput, who taught in the Math Department for 36 years and developed an international reputation for creating effective new ways of teaching math
to K-12 students, died July 30 after being hit by a motor vehicle while jogging
near his home.
Dr. Kaput was a researcher, innovator and teacher. He founded the SimCalc (Simulations for Calculus Learning) projects at UMass Dartmouth, designed to teach to concepts of high-level math to children as young as seven. He led the Early Algebra Project, dedicated to laying the foundations for algebraic thinking and problem-solving in the early years. He also founded the START program in the 1970s, which is dedicated to creating new avenues into mathematics and engineering for college freshmen with disadvantaged backgrounds.
All are welcome. Opportunities for attendees to offer their own reflections during the service will be provided. A reception will follow with a gallery of photos of Jim and some of his favorite music playing in the background.
The service is being organized by the Office of the Provost, the Mathematics Education Research Group and close colleagues. For more information, call 508.999.8024 or email email@example.com.