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Gathering Storm or Gathering Cobwebs? What Is the
Federal Response to the Science Education Crisis?

This Featured Panel took place on March 19, 2010, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern time at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The presenters explored the effectiveness of the current federal investment and whether or not the federal government could improve its investment strategy in science education.

The federal government annually invests $140 billion in science and technology, with more than $3 billion going to programs for science education and training. Yet most experts would agree with the conclusions found in the National Academies of Science’s Rising Above the Gathering Storm (2007) report that other nations are catching up to and/or surpassing the U.S. in our efforts to educate and train the next generation of highly technical workers. These conclusions have been the subject of sharp policy debates in Washington. One element of that debate has focused on the results of the federal investment.

Panel Moderator:
Dr. Francis Eberle, NSTA

Panel Presenters:

  • Cindy White, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington, D.C.

  • Bill Valdez, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Washington, D.C.
    Unable to attend

  • Cora Marrett, Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

  • Joyce Winterton, Assistant Administrator for Education, NASA, Washington, DC

  • Bruce Fuchs, Director, Office of Education, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

  • Bob McGahern, Director, National Defense Education Program, U.S. Dept. of Defense, Washington, DC

  • Louisa Koch, Director of Education, NOAA, Washington, DC

  • Donald Zink, Senior Science Advisor, Center for Science Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD

  • Michael Lach, Special Assistant, STEM Education, U.S. Dept. of Education, Washington, DC

Thanks to those who attended, the presenters, and NSTA moderator for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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