Reporter to Discuss 'Herds'

Former CNN senior correspondent Brooks Jackson will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of media pools and political reporting in a lecture tomorrow afternoon at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The speech, titled "Killer Bunnies and Shark Attacks: Why Reporters Travel in Herds," is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Blackistone Room of Anne Arundel Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the college's Center for the Study of Democracy. The event is free and open to the public.

Jackson has more than 32 years of experience covering the political scene in Washington. Before leaving CNN last month, he covered Congress and the changing face of Washington for CNN. Jackson became known for "Adwatch" and "Fact Check" style of stories for television that monitored candidates' political advertising and rhetoric.

He is the author of two books, "Honest Graft: Big Money and the American Political Process" (Knopf, 1988) and "Broken Promise: Why the Federal Election Commission Failed" (20th Century Fund, 1990).

'Making Math Meaningful'

Tad Watanabe, associate professor of mathematics education at Pennsylvania State University, will speak about teaching math in a presentation Friday at the College of Southern Maryland's La Plata campus.

The speech, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Center for Business, is part of the "Making Math Meaningful" program. His presentation is called "East Meets West: Mathematics Teaching in Japan."

Watanabe will use the International Mathematics and Science Study geometry lesson to illustrate an exemplary Japanese mathematics lesson.

Tom Seremet, chairman of CSM's Mathematics, Physics and Engineering Department, said anyone interested in the future of teaching mathematics should attend the event, which is open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. The program is being presented with the assistance of a grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of the Eisenhower Professional Development Program.

How the Oriole Evolved

Evolutionary biologist Kevin Omland will speak Wednesday at St. Mary's College of Maryland on "Plumage Evolution and Speciation in the Baltimore Oriole and Relatives."

The lecture, scheduled at 4:40 p.m. in Schaefer Hall, is the first program in the spring 2003 Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Omland, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore City, uses DNA sequencing to study the evolutionary family tree of the Baltimore oriole.