PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Nearly 400 visitors representing different fields of science are meeting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a conference next week.
Topics include climate change and weather and environmental problems' impact on coastal communities.
UMES says it is co-hosting the event with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Organizers describe the event, which is held every two years, as “a vibrant environment for students, professionals and the public interested in networking and career development opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics” – known collectively as “STEM” fields.
NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space 30 years ago, will deliver a keynote address Monday morning to kick off the three-day conference.
UMES says past events have attracted nationally recognized researchers, college students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and community leaders, government officials and private-sector representatives interested in a promoting diversity in STEM disciplines.
UMES' Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, supported by NOAA grants, is a consortium of seven academic institutions coordinating the 2014 event.
Since its inception in 2001, NOAA's Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions has produced 1,600 graduates from participating institutions across the country, including 170 doctorates earned by minorities in fields described as “NOAA mission disciplines.”