UTeach Featured at a National Press Club Event in Washington, D.C.

May 23, 2012

The National Math and Science Intitiative hosted a high-profile panel discussion on STEM education Wednesday, May 23rd.

The National Math and Science Initiative hosted a thought-provoking panel discussion this morning among leading experts and advocates for STEM education at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., entitled “America’s Future STEMS on Great Teachers: Are We Ready?” Introductory remarks were offered by Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Carl Wieman, Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The subsequent panel was moderated by Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative.

Additional speakers included Dr. Nancy Grasmick, Former State Superintendent of Schools in the Maryland State Department of Education; Dr. Steve Cantrell, Senior Program Officer at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Alex Reeves, Working Group Manager, K-12 STEM Education, for the Clinton Global Initiative; Dr. James Gates, Jr., John S. Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland; Katrina Miller, Director of Race to the Top at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; and Dr. Ellen Granger, Co-Director of FSU-Teach at The Florida State University.

Three UTeach graduates—Mariam Manuel, a graduate of teachHOUSTON, Josh Nelson, a UTeach masters graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, and Michael Ralph, a graduate of the UKanTeach program at the University of Kansas—also participated.



image Carl Wieman, Nancy Grasmick, Steve Cantrell, Alex Reeves, and James Gates, Jr. participated on the expert panel.