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Math Educator Named Woman of the Year

Math Educator Named Woman of the Year

UC Riverside educator Pamela Clute will receive 2011 Riverside County 1st District Woman of the Year on Tuesday

(March 31, 2011)

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Pamela Clute

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- University of California, Riverside educator Pamela Clute has been named the 2011 Riverside County 1st District Woman of the Year for her innovative and visionary approach to mathematics education and community outreach.

Winners from each of the five county supervisorial districts are selected by the Riverside County Commission for Women. They will be recognized April 5 at the 8:30 a.m. meeting of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors at the County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside.

“Dr. Clute’s passion for mathematics education has inspired thousands of students, especially girls and women, to excel in mathematics, science, technology and engineering,” said 1st District Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster. “She brings excitement and recognition to the fact that mathematics is the bedrock of many important disciplines and opportunities.”

“Importantly,” Buster added, “Dr. Clute has improved the teaching of mathematics from kindergarten to university classrooms across our region.”

Clute was awarded the National Science Foundation Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Mentoring by former President George W. Bush. She is the Assistant Vice-Provost of Academic Partnerships at UC Riverside and the founder and Executive Director of the ALPHA Center. The Center advances solutions to student underachievement in math and sciences, working directly and indirectly with 213 Riverside County schools and engaging more than 100,000 students – 58 percent of them female.

“Anytime you do what you love and people recognize that as a contribution to the community, it’s an exhilarating feeling,” said Clute, who started teaching part-time at UC Riverside in 1972 and became a full-time professor there in 1978.

“UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White called Clute a “powerhouse” whose passion for science and math education has singlehandedly touched thousands of young people.

“The community and the campus could not ask for a better mentor, role model, champion and leader,” White said.

Students of Clute say her steadfast enthusiasm for mathematics and presentation of a subject that is often feared by students inspires them to learn more.

“Professor Clute is an amazing teacher and a role model for all her students,” said Clute’s former student, Elizabeth Cannis, now a mathematics instructor at Pasadena Community College. “Her enthusiasm and love of mathematics are what motivated me to become a teacher and try to make all my students enjoy mathematics.”

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