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Media Advisory 08-021

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Are Highlighted at Community College Day 2008

Event at National Science Foundation celebrates the two-year college’s role in STEM education

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Many students who eventually pursue degrees and careers in STEM start out at community colleges.

April 14, 2008

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On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will host its annual event acknowledging the importance of community colleges to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the STEM "pipeline" to the workforce.

The featured speaker is Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin. He will be introduced by George R. Boggs, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

Treisman will reflect on his own experiences as a community college student and the teachers who helped him create a pathway to his career. He will describe his early research that led to the creation of mathematics and science support programs on several hundred campuses as well as the ongoing research that is now transforming these programs. He will also put forward a set of challenges for those who want to insure that community colleges remain a vehicle for community development and for students seeking both upward mobility and intellectual challenge. Following his remarks, Treisman will meet with students to discuss areas of interest.

Media interested in attending must have a badge to gain access to NSF headquarters. Please contact Maria Zacharias, media officer for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, at (703) 292-8454, or for assistance.

Who:NSF staff, members of the AACC, students and featured speaker
What:Meeting about community colleges' role in STEM education
When:Wednesday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Where:National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Room 375
Arlington, VA 22230


Media Contacts
Maria C. Zacharias, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email:

Program Contacts
Eileen L. Lewis, NSF, (703) 292-4627, email:

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