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Educate to Innovate

The White House has taken interest in promoting math education. President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign aims to help students become more involved in the sciences and math. The President's initiative "hopes to do a series of events, announcements and other activities that build upon the President’s 'call to action' and address the key components of national priority."


You're gonna calculate. (And you're gonna like it, too.)

Maybe for you, your senior year of high school was also going to be the last year of math classes. Ever. After that, it’s free sailing; no calculation required.

But it’s not quite so simple.

Interestingly, even after the bell rings and the teacher dismisses math class, your body is constantly making mathematical calculations and judgments with every moment of every day—years after math classes end. Actually, for life.

The Math in YOU

Ever wonder about your sleep patterns?

“How does my body choose when to shut off?”

Mathematicians have uncovered a deeper understanding of the human biological clock by studying the brain. And their findings have reversed previous thinking about body function.

Missed our career list? Here’s another look.

BYU’s Math Department has good reason to draw attention to its study. The public is becoming increasingly aware of just how many doors a math degree can open.

You might have your own reasons for not having visited the ‘careers’ section of this site yet: It’s too long, it lists too many options, or maybe, “A good job really isn’t my thing.”

One Amazing Recovery. Math the Culprit?

Anyone in the field is already aware of the important role math plays in the sciences, national security, economics and even the creative arts — areas in which mathematical modeling can help to produce a desired outcome affecting a range of people.

Perhaps few, however, suspect the power it can have on the individual human mind.

Vicki Alex has made that discovery firsthand, though.


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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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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...

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