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From a Oaxaca village to an MIT doctorate

Ricardo Pablo Pedro, 26, is working on his doctorate, studying theoretical chemistry with the objective of creating the next generation of computer processors with smaller parts and faster chips.

The successful student is the only indigenous Mexican at MIT, but while Spanish and English are not a problem, he cannot speak the language of his mother. “She refused to teach me,” he said. She was trying to keep the youngest of her six children from being discriminated against for the way he spoke.

But he was judged and suffered discrimination for his clothing. “I’ve been called indio huarachudo, but I reply that my huaraches are just a sign that wherever I go I take my roots with me.” ...

Source: Mexico News Daily


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Cycling & Cubing

Oh. Mah. Gaaaa.... *Closing eyes* Here's a thriller for your Tuesday. Yea, don't try this: 


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Mathematics talent abounds in Indigenous communities

"On the occasion of National Indigenous Peoples Day, I would like to show how ubiquitous mathematics — and mathematics talent — is within Indigenous cultures. As a mathematician who immigrated to Canada, and who has worked at universities for most of my adult life, my teaching and learning experiences have shown me this first hand.

The main goal of the program is to encourage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to discover the joy and appeal of mathematics in the hope that they may better understand the presence of math and its importance in everyday life, and consider mathematics as a field of study and vocation."


Source: Mathematical Association of America