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White House pushes for STEM education, mentorship

USA Today – Ryan W. Miller

“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. In order to support modern-day students like Ramanujan who do not come from traditional math backgrounds, Ono founded of the Spirit of Ramanujan initiative, which works to identify extraordinary young math minds that may not otherwise get the chance to showcase their talents.”(more)

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