PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Nearly 400 visitors from an array of science fields gather today at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a conference where topics will include climate change, weather and the impact of environmental problems on coastal communities and their economies.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and UMES are co-hosts of the seventh national “Education and Science Forum” that will focus on "developing … the workforce to support environmental sustainability."
Organizers describe the biennial event 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, delivers a keynote address Monday morning to kick off the three-day conference.
Past events have attracted renowned 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 the nation's colleges and universities, including 170 doctorates earned in fields that NOAA describes as its “mission disciplines.”
The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center at UMES is among four supported by NOAA Educational Partnership Program funding. Cooperative Science Centers focus on a specific “NOAA mission field” with the goal of training STEM, social science, resource management, and policy graduates for a diverse future workforce and contribute to U.S. global competitiveness.