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White House Pushes for STEM Education, Mentorship
USA Today 
Mathletes and science whizs gathered at the White House Friday evening to discuss math's role in education in the 21st century and to reflect on The Man Who Knew Infinity, a new film about Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who made extraordinary discoveries for the field despite no formal training. Ken Ono, a math professor at Emory University, explained that brilliant math minds, like Ramanujan, always need help and support along the way to cultivate the interest in the subject.
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More Underrepresented Students Obtain Science Degrees and Pursue STEM, Due to Research Mentoring
ScienceDaily
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A new study indicates that undergraduates who participate in mentored research not only graduate more often with science degrees, but also attend graduate school and pursue STEM careers at higher rates. Graduation rates among science majors at a large minority-serving college have nearly tripled since the implementation of an undergraduate research experience (URE) program ten years ago. A new study in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching indicates that undergraduates who participate in mentored research not only graduate more often with science degrees, but also attend graduate school and pursue STEM careers at higher rates.
Are U.S. Schools Teaching Hands-Off Science?
Science Mag
U.S. high school students who regularly handle rocks or minerals in science class did much worse on a recent national science test than those who never engage in such hands-on activities. Students who never mixed chemicals or peered through microscopes in their classrooms did just as well on the test as those who often participated in those activities. Surprised? Those eye-catching results, from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in science released last week, seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom that hands-on learning is the best way to teach science.
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Around the Community:
ASA and ThisIsStatistics Sponsor Competition to Predict the Winners of the 2016 Election
Earlier this week, more than 450 high school and college students competing in ASA's Prediction 2016 contest shared their predictions for the 2016 presidential election. Individual and team entries were submitted from 19 states and more than 30 academic institutions.
What did their analysis of publicly available data show? Overall, 97 percent of participants predicted that Hillary Clinton will be our next Commander in Chief. The median of contest participant projections show that Clinton will win 332 electoral votes to Trump's 204, and 49.3 percent of the popular vote to Trump's 43.3 percent.
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Lasker Foundationn Event: Career Advice for Young Scientists w/ Dr. Jeremy Nathans on Nov. 9
On Friday, November 9 at 9am EDT, the Lasker Foundation will host a discussion with Dr. Jeremy Nathans as part of the Lasker Lessons in Leadership series that provides career and leadership advice to young and aspiring scientists
. During the talk, Dr. Nathans will provide career and leadership advice for MD/PhD students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
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