Jeremy Lin: Could STEM advocates catch ‘Linmania’?
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Published: Fri. Feb 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Updated: Fri. Feb 17, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Comments: 0

The Washington Post: Jeremy Lin: Could STEM advocates catch ‘Linmania’?

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Could Jeremy Lin be the new ambassador of STEM education advocates?

The New York Knicks guard is the blindingly bright star of professional basketball this season. His chill-inducing, buzzer-beating three-point shot Tuesday night did nothing if not solidify Lin as a household name even for non-sports fans. And the NBA, post-lockout, could use the juice from Lin’s rapdily-growing star-wattage.

But another group could use some juice as well: STEM education advocates.

I have spent three days listening to business leaders, policy aficionados, and elected officials discuss the need for more U.S. graduates in math and science fields. Yet it’s all-but-certain that this nearly week-long conference hosted by General Electric will fail to reach anywhere near as many eyeballs as the image of an airborne Lin on one episode of ESPN SportsCenter.

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