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Wilmut said he was troubled by
suggestions that the technology
could be used to create super-intelli
gent or athletic children. Also ethi
cally troublesome is the idea of
attempting to replace a dead loved
one with a clone.
But Wilmut said using the tech
nology to prevent a child from being
bom with a genetic defect could be
ethically permissible. ■
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making is primarily to inform law
makers. The questions the new tech
nology will raise, he said, ariPso
important that they should,be
addressed by all of society.
“I think it should be up to each
society if it wants to use these tech
niques, and if so, under what regula
tions,” he said.
“Science should be extremely
adventurous, about our cells, about
ourselves, about the universe,” he
said. “I don’t think we should
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MATH from page 1
and Sciences, said this type of
return on the Mafh Day investment
makes its expense worthwhile.
“These are serious efforts to
engage kids and give them encour
agement to enter math and science
fields,” Foster said.
The program succeeds in recruit
ing new students to the math fields
every year, he said.
Lori Mueller, Math Day co-direc
tor, said more than one-fifth of all
Math Day scholarship winners
choose to attend UNL with a math
major. Others attend UNL as engi
neering or arts and sciences majors.
Foster said two similar days held
by the computer science and foreign
language departments have also been
successful recruiting tools. The uni
versity held its first large event to
promote computer science to high
school students last year, he said, and
Foster said a science day may soon be
held in conjunction with Math Day.
freshman at all U.S. four-year col
leges and universities took four cred- [
its of high school math.
These figures weren’t unknown
to UNL officials and Math Day spon
When the university examined
raising admissions standards this fall,
the decision was based in part upon
statistics showing students complet
ing four years of math in high school
were more likely to succeed at UNL.
These students’ UNL grade point
averages hover about one full grade
point above students without an
equally strong math background.
“If you’re good at math, it means
there are a lot of other things you can
do,” Foster said, both in college and
Mueller said recruiting students
good at math benefits the entire uni
versity, although the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics and the
College of Arts and Sciences pay to
be the hosts of Math Day.
ine Eastman Foundation, the
engineering and arts and sciences
colleges, and the Office of the Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs fund
the enticing Math Day scholarships,
But recruitment at Math Day goes
beyond scholarships, she said.
Math Day succeeds by engaging
students outside the classroom in the
math field, “not just by putting them
through the technical rigors of class
es, but by giving them the bigger pic
ture of what that’s all for,” Foster said.
Mueller said Math Day informa
tion booths representing math and
science fields will acquaint students
with a wide range of college curricu
la and jobs. Presentations to students ]
by Math Day staff will do the same,
she said. \
By the end of Math Day, Foster
hopes students emerge with a better '
sense of their options following high !
school graduation. They also are j
more familiar with the UNL campus
and many, including Kohles, step
onto the school bus heading home
more excited about studying math
But when the last Math Day bus
leaves campus, and the last student
arrives home and returns to the high aj
school routine, are the thousands of
dollars invested by UNL worthwhile?
Foster didn’t pause before
It s very hard to find enough
American students who want to go
into math, science and engineering,”
Special math and science events
like Math Day help maintain or
increase enrollment, he said.
The events’ benefit to enrollment
in math and science fields is support
ed by a report, “Mathematics and
Future Opportunities,” issued Oct. 20
by U.S. Secretary of Education
Richard Riley. The report states
events supporting math achievement
outside the classroom increase U.S.
students’ interest in taking math and
In turn, high school students who
complete rigorous math and science
courses are much more likely to
attend college than those who do not,
Riley’s report states.
Students of all income levels who
complete algebra I and geometry
courses in high school are more than
twice as likely to attend college than
their peers who don’t take the cours
es. Low-income students taking these
courses are three times more likely
than other low-income students to
Math education also is increas
ingly a factor in who gains admission
to the nation’s four-year colleges and
In 1997, 68 percent of incoming
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Today UNL hosts about 1,150 high
schoolers for Math Day, an event designed
to interest students in math and science 1 oc
learning. National statistics prove students
who take rigorous math and science
courses in high school are more likely to ■= 75
attend a college or university.
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of students who took algebra and geometry £ «,
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post-secondary education. To the right is
the same information broken down into 2
income groups. £ 25
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