Two Plugs: BEAM in the NYT; Cheng in the WSJ

By February 18, 2017Uncategorized

Yesterday the New York Times published “Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzes” (wish they had written Latin@). The piece focuses on our colleagues in BEAM, or Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics. BEAM invites kids from lower resource schools in New York City to a math summer camp after 6th and 7th grade. They then support these students through high school, helping them to attend other math enrichment experiences in the hopes of increasing the number of students of color studying math in college and beyond. Congratulations to Dan Zaharopol and all of our friends at BEAM! (I know some MC^2 teachers are interested in teaching in BEAM this summer too!)

Last week “The Logic of Our Fear of Flying: Why are we so afraid of getting in an airplane when, statistically flying is so safe? A mathematical explanation” appeared in the Wall Street Journal*. The piece was written by Eugenia Cheng, mathematician in residence at the Art Institute and our 2016 QED speaker. Dr. Cheng’s new book Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics comes out next month!

* If you are not a subscriber to the WSJ, accessing the article through Facebook worked for me. 🙂