Email Print Share

Media Advisory 07-041

"STEM Summit" Brings Together Science and Math Faculty to Further Student Success

Photo of three teachers sharing strategies for student success

Faculty will share strategies for student success in science, technology, engineering and math.

December 6, 2007

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.

Math and science faculty from institutions around the country come together in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11-12, with the goal of sharing strategies to promote student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from the elementary grades through higher education.

The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been partnering STEM faculty with K-12 teachers since 2002, helping teachers improve their content knowledge while receiving mentoring and professional development opportunities in their field -- all with the goal of better preparing students for success in college and beyond. A complementary Mathematics and Science Partnerships program at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has been providing funding to each state since 2003, focusing on partnership and professional development opportunities.

Higher education faculty from both programs will participate in the summit. Among the topics to be covered will be approaches to working with teachers to deepen their scientific and mathematical content knowledge, so that they can be increasingly effective in working with their K-12 students, as well as providing incentives to STEM faculty for the work they do with K-12 teachers.

"This is the first time that STEM faculty involved in the NSF and ED programs have been together to share their observations and ideas," says MSP program director Kathleen Bergin. "We expect this to benefit them, the partnerships, and, ultimately, the students involved."

The conference takes place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. It begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and continues until Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 2:00 p.m. A complete agenda is below.

Media interested in attending are asked to contact Maria Zacharias at NSF at, or 703-292-8454.


Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program

STEM Summit
Omni-Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
December 11-12, 2007



Tuesday, December 11, 2007
7:30 am - 8:30 amRegistration, Continental Breakfast
Diplomat Foyer
8:30 am - 9:15 am

Diplomat Room
Ray Simon, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Kathie L. Olsen, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation

Setting the Stage
Pat O'Connell Johnson, MSP Team Leader, U.S. Department of Education
Daniel Maki, MSP Team Leader, National Science Foundation

9:15 am - 9:30 amBreak
9:30 am - 10:30 amPanel: STEM Faculty Teaching Math to Teachers
Diplomat Room
Ken Gross, University of Vermont
Hung-Hsi Wu, University of California - Berkeley
Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation

Panel: STEM Faculty Teaching Science to Teachers
Hampton Room
Doris Kimbrough (Chem), University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Mike Dalbey (Bio), University of California - Santa Cruz
Robert Culbertson (Phys), Arizona State University
David Klassen (Phys), Rowan University

10:30 am - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am - 12:00 pmKeystone: Global Issues and the Scientific Enterprise: Transforming High School Science Teaching and Learning
Diplomat Room
Barbara Schaal, Spencer T. Olin Professor of Biology - Washington University, VP National Academy of Sciences
12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
Diplomat Foyer
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions by Discipline - MSP Experiences: Successes and Opportunities

Math -(Diplomat Room)
Bill Haver, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kristin Umland, University of New Mexico

Math - (Embassy Room)
Terrence Millar, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Peter Turner, Clarkson University

Math - (Directors Room)
Manil Suri, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Steven Blumsack, Florida State University

Math - (Council Room)
Nancy Jacqmin, Carlow University

Science - (Forum Room)
George Miller
(Chem), University of California - Irvine
Lisa White (Geo), San Francisco State University

Science - (Senate Room)
Edwin Vazquez
(Bio), University of Puerto Rico - Cayey
Alice Templet (Bio), Nicholls State University

Science - (Cabinet Room)
Pat Gibbons
(Phys), Washington University in St. Louis
David Slavsky (Phys), Loyola University - Chicago
Veronica Burrows (Eng), Arizona State University

2:30 pm - 2:45 pmBreak
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Keystone: Implications for All Students of STEM Faculty Involved in Pre-Service Education of Teachers
Diplomat Room
Linda Slakey, Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation

3:30 pm - 3:45 pmBreak
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions - Scholarship and Institutional Changes

Research as a Strategy for Developing Cooperative Efforts Among Educators and Scientists
Forum Room
Pamela Mills, Hunter College
Madeleine Long, Hunter College

Changing the IHE Reward Structure to Support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: PRISM and the New University System of Georgia's Advocacy Policy
Senate Room
Sabrina Hessinger, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Fredrick Rich, Georgia Southern University

Models for Institutionalizing Support for STEM Faculty Work in Teaching and Learning: A STEM Center and a Regional Compact
Cabinet Room
Kimberly Childs, Stephen F. Austin State University
Victor Donnay, Bryn Mawr College

Incorporating the Science of Learning in STEM Teaching and Learning: How People Learn, Taking Science to School, and Ready, Set, Science!
Embassy Room
Heidi Schweingruber, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
Andrew Shouse, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
Tom Keller, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences

The Role of Professional Societies in Engaging STEM Faculty in K-12 Work
Council Room
Sam Rankin, American Mathematical Society
Michael Pearson, Mathematical Association of America
Warren Hein, American Association of Physics Teachers
Kenna Shaw, American Society of Human Genetics

5:30 pm - 7:00 pmReception: MSP in the Federal Context
Light Refreshments
Hampton Room
Remarks by Pat O'Connell Johnson & Daniel Maki
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
8:00 am - 8:30 amContinental Breakfast
Diplomat Foyer
8:30 am - 9:15 am

Diplomat Room
Wanda Ward, Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation

Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland - Baltimore County

9:15 am - 9:30 amBreak
9:30 am - 10:30 amMeasuring Growth in Student Learning: How Do You Know Whether They Are Learning What You Want Them to Learn?
Diplomat Room
Sean Smith, Horizon Research, Inc.
Dan Heck, Horizon Research, Inc.
10:30 am - 10:45 amBreak
10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions by Discipline - Charting a Course for the Future

Math - (Forum Room)
Kevin McLeod
, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Eunice Krinsky, California State University - Dominguez Hills
James Milgram, Stanford University

Math - (Senate Room)
David Pagni, California State University - Fullerton
Phillip McNeil, Norfolk State University
Sybilla Beckmann, University of Georgia

Math - (Cabinet Room)
John Mayer, University of Alabama - Birmingham
Maynard Thompson, Stephen F. Austin State University

Science - (Embassy Room)
Richard Cardullo
(Bio), University of California - Riverside
Gerald Wheeler (Phys), National Science Teachers Association
John Moore (Eco), Colorado State University

Science - (Directors Room)
Frankie Jackson
(Geo), Montana State University
Frederic Bertley (Bio), Roxbury Community College
Allan Ludman (Env Sci), Queens College - The City University of New York

Science - (Capitol Room)
Deborah Donovan (Bio), Western Washington University
Thom Dunning Jr. (Chem), University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Mark Lyford (Bot), University of Wyoming

12:00 pm - 1:20 pmLunch and Closing Speaker
Diplomat Room
Larry Faulkner, President Emeritus, University of Texas - Austin, Chair, National Math Panel
1:20 pm - 2:00 pmSTEM Summit Reflections
Barbara Schaal, James Milgram, Rich Cardullo & Terry Millar

Curricula and activities presented at this conference are not endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education or the National Science Foundation. For more information on the MSP Programs at ED and NSF, visit their websites at and

Please note that breakout sessions will have facilitators/recorders present to help guide the discussion as necessary and document key themes. This is part of the outcome of the STEM Summit to generate a product after the meeting that captures the overall discussion.

Facilitator/Recorder team from Center for Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Maryland College Park includes: Ellen Borkowski, Deborah Reid Bryant, Omowale Elson, Vicky Foxworth, Heidi Hanson, Laura Scott, Judy Tso.

Media Contacts
Maria Zacharias, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8454, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

mail icon Get News Updates by Email 

Connect with us online
NSF website:
NSF News:
For News Media:
Awards database:

Follow us on social