College App Essay STEM Students: President Obama Loves Science & Sci-Fi

Science is essential for tackling climate change

Calling all STEM students! President Obama has become something of a science nerd while living in the White House. I love reading about his passion for science – and science fiction – in the recent The New York Times piece, “Obama to Leave the White House Nerdier Than He Found it.”  Here are a few excerpts. I urge you to read the entire piece – and check out the photograph of the White House science fair project involving a flying marshmallow.

“Mr. Obama has always loved science fiction — he was a “Star Trek” fan as a kid, and grew up reading comic books like “Spider-Man.” His favorite movie last year was “The Martian,” according to the White House.

“After Leonard Nimoy, the actor who made the character Spock famous in the original “Star Trek” series, died last year, Mr. Obama released a statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.”

“Mr. Obama described Spock with many of the same adjectives often used to describe Mr. Obama: “Cool, logical, big-eared and levelheaded, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.” “I loved Spock,” Mr. Obama concluded.

“Mr. Obama’s reading lists are peppered with science and science fiction titles such as Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction,” Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” and Liu Cixin’s “The Three-Body Problem.”  READ THE WHOLE THING

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