Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

# When Will I Use Math?

## WeUseMath.org

# Staff's blog

## Monkeying Around

A University of Rochester study shows that baboons are able to understand numbers. Experimenters showed the monkeys peanut-filled cups and the monkeys then chose which cup contained more peanuts. Read more about the experiment and its conclusions here.

## Space Exploration Using Math

Software Engineers at SpaceX recently participated in a crowd-sourced interview on Reddit. One person asked, "What experience/schooling does one need to get a job with SpaceX?" SpaceX responded (in summary), "Study math and know your sorting algorithms." Read more about SpaceX and their coding systems here.

## Gender Gap Closes in Math Competitions

In most math competitions, girls underperform relative to their male classmates. Brigham Young University economist Joe Price has shown that girls can perform as well as boys when the competition format is adjusted. With this new understanding, researchers can focus on helping girls perform better in competitive environments. Read more about the study here.

## Celebrating Pi Day (3/14...get it?)

Did you know...

-the United States House of Representatives formally supported the designation of Pi Day in 2009.

-in 1988, the first formal Pi Day celebration was held in San Francisco. It was created by Larry Shaw, the "Prince of Pie."

-the Massechusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mails its acceptance letters for delivery on March 14th.

## The Key to PSAT Math Success

A new study from Western University shows a correlation between fluency in basic math and high achievement on the math portion of the PSAT. Watch the video and read more here.

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The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.

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