The Houston Midtown Chapter of The Society for Financial Awareness Presents MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley (financial literacy)

How can we solve the national debt crisis? Should you or your child take on a student loan? Is it safe to talk on a cell phone while driving? Are there viable energy alternatives to fossil fuels? Could simple policy changes reduce political polarization? These questions may all seem very different, but they share two things in common. First, they are all questions with important implications for either personal success or our success as a nation. Second, they all concern topics that we can fully understand only with the aid of clear quantitative or mathematical thinking. In other words, they are topics for which we need math for life--a kind of math that looks quite different from most of the math that we learn in school, but that is just as (and often more) important. In Math for Life, award-winning author Jeffrey Bennett simply and clearly explains the key ideas of quantitative reasoning and applies them to all the above questions and many more. He also uses these questions to analyze our current education system, identifying both shortfalls in the teaching of mathematics and solutions for our educational future. No matter what your own level of mathematical ability, and no matter whether you approach the book as an educator, student, or interested adult, you are sure to find something new and thought-provoking in Math for Life.


Please listen in tomorrow when we are joined by Jeffrey Bennett and discuss his newest book Math for Life :


Math For Life

 

About Jeffrey:

Jeffrey Bennett holds a B.A. in Biophysics from the University of California at San Diego and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He specializes in mathematics and science education, spending most of his time as a writer, along with speaking to audiences ranging from elementary school children to college faculty, and offering teacher in-service workshops. He has taught extensively at all levels, including having founded and run a private science summer school for elementary and middle school children. At the college level, he has taught more than fifty classes in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and education. He is the author of best-selling college textbooks in four distinct subject areas: astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and astrobiology (life in the universe); together, these books have sold more than 1 million copies. He has written four books for general public: On the Cosmic Horizon (Addison Wesley, 2001); Beyond UFOs (Princeton University Press, 2008/2011), which was selected by Miami University as their Convocation book for all incoming students to read in 2008/9; Math for Life (Updated Edition from Big Kid Science, 2014), which won the Colorado Book Award for general nonfiction; and the forthcoming What is Relativity? (Columbia University Press, 2014). He is also the creator and author of the children’s series “Science Adventures with Max the Dog,” which includes Max Goes to the Moon, Max Goes to Mars, and Max Goes to Jupiter, and of The Wizard Who Saved the World. Through his “Max Goes to Schools” donation program, he has donated more than 23,000 copies of his children’s books to elementary school libraries in more than 60 countries. Dr. Bennett and his book Max Goes to the Moon were recognized with the 2013 AIP Science Communication Award.

Among his other major endeavors, he served two years as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters, where his achievements included creating the Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy (originally IDEA, now called IDEAS), developing the Perspectives From Space theme (and creating its poster set) for International Space Year, and helping start the program known as Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment (FOSTER), which flew teachers on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and will soon be taking teachers on the SOFIA airborne observatory.

Perhaps his most visible achievements have been his work in developing educational scale models of the solar system. He proposed the idea for and helped develop both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System (on the University of Colorado campus) and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Among his current projects, he is the founder of Big Kid Science, a company dedicated to educating and inspiring children with the wonders of science. When not working, he enjoys participating in masters swimming and the daily adventures of life with his wife Lisa, children Grant and Brooke, and dog Cosmo.

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What are some common and costly money mistakes people make without realizing it? We review the 2013 annual impact report from Houston Money Week and got a quick update on past guest and comedian Dan Nainan who was on the front page of Yahoo Finance this week.

http://finance.yahoo.com/video/finfit-frugal-habits-millionaire-next-120100801.html

 

After the break we were joined by Financial Educator and Author Denise Winston and discussed some practical but often over looked tips to help better manage our finances. To find out more about Denise , visit her website at:

www.moneystarthere.com



Here is a link to her book:



Money Starts Here! Your Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive in Any Economy

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I hosted the Open Journal show this morning on KPFT 90.1 FM to promote Money Matters which streams live every Friday morning at 10 AM on the HD3 channel. After a short introduction I was joined live in the studio by Jessica Bolanos and Nelson Vanegas of Goodspero.

Goodspero is an organization that focuses on education, literacy and gender equality in education. The husband and wife team have helped provide access to books in communities that would otherwise have little or no access to them, as well as scholarships for girls facing obstacles in areas of gender inequality. The project Goodspero is currently involved with if achieved will be the largest educational crowd fund ever.

To find out more about Goodspero visit:

www.goodspero.com

or

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-biggest-crowdfund-for-education-ever-goodspero

 

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Direct download: MMEpisode10.5.mp3
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On this episode we will react, and discuss the city of Detroit declaring bankruptcy. We discuss how this could lead to a ripple effect in the municipal bond market and in turn affect your own retirement savings plan.
When entire cities declare bankruptcy how can an individual avoid going down the same path?
We were joined by Financial Coach Daniel Scholl with Family Services of Greater Houston who shared with us the Financial Stability program. More specifically we discussed the free Financial Coaching program and how to become involved with this resource.

You can listen live by going to www.kpft.org and clicking on the HD3 tab. You can also listen to this episode and others by podcast at:

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To find out more about Family Services of Greater Houston visit them at:

www.familyservices.org

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Here is the first episode of Money Matters. It was recorded on May 3rd. This show introduces the Society For Financial Awareness is and what we do. We also explore what the radio show is about and what topics we will be covering in the next few months.

Direct download: MoneyMattersEP1.mp3
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