February 25, 2012

NASA Co-Hosts Minority Males In STEM Symposium

NASA's Office of Education will join the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in hosting a Minority Males in STEM Symposium on Feb. 28. The day-long program will focus on ways to increase participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups.

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) is the scheduled keynote speaker. Woodrow Whitlow, NASA's associate administrator for mission support, and Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator for education, will participate along with Carl Wieman, associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Byron Pitts, a correspondent with CBS News.

Members of the media interested in attending the symposium should contact Ann Marie Trotta at 202-358-1601 or [email protected] by 3 p.m. EST Feb. 27. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in NASA's James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium located at 300 E Street S.W., in Washington. The morning portion of the event will also be streamed live on NASA's UStream channel.

Symposium participants will review data from efforts to adapt university-based programs for reducing under-representation and broadening local success at encouraging minority males' participation in STEM.

NASA's education programs emphasize engagement with under-served and under-represented population groups in order to create an inclusive and diverse workforce for the future.

To view streaming video from NASA, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

To learn more about NASA education, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education

To learn more about the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, visit: http://www.aplu.org

To learn more about the American Association for the Advancement of Science, visit: http://www.aaas.org