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Danica McKellar : Dana

Danica McKellar is well known as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” and Elsie Snuffin on “The West Wing,” and recently wowed audiences as a quarterfinalist on the ABC juggernaut “Dancing with the Stars.” She is also a New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking books Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.

Tackling math education and simultaneously breaking the stereotype of the “math nerd,” McKellar was named “Person of the Week” by ABC World News. This honor came on the heels of her debut as author of this highly entertaining and illuminating math book series. Using fun topics like popularity and jewelry-making – as well as stories from her own life - McKellar shows girls and their parents how to master the tough mathematical concepts introduced in middle school and high school, the time when young girls begin to shy away from math. McKellar’s message to girls? Smart is sexy!

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, McKellar earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics while also contributing original research. Her theorem, since dubbed “The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem,” was published in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics and has been featured on the front page of the Science section of The New York Times. McKellar was also honored with the 2012 UCLA Award for Recent Graduate Achievement, and the 2014 Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, which includes the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.

In addition to continuing her acting career with such roles as a recurring spot on CBS’s hit show “How I Met Your Mother” and a guest appearance on “The Big Bang Theory,” McKellar voiced the regular role of Miss Martian on Cartoon Network’s “Young Justice,” among others.
McKellar has starred in many television movies, including “The Wrong Woman” on Lifetime, which garnered some of the network’s highest ratings, and two Hallmark Channel original movies in 2015 - “Perfect Match” and “Crown for Christmas,” with the latter earning 4.3 million impressions with P2+.

Her next series of math books, this time aimed at younger kids, will be published by Random House in Spring of 2017. For updates, follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat – and Periscope for her “McKellar Motivational Monday” live video chats! Username for all is @danicamckellar.

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