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Duquesne to Host House Education Committee Hearing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The Education Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a public hearing at Duquesne University on Tuesday, April 13, about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills in basic and higher education, captivating minority students and developing a skilled technical work force.

Dean David W. Seybert of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences will be one of the six panelists testifying about higher education’s role in the recruitment, retention and renewal of minority students in math, science and technology programs.

While STEM had been predominately a federal issue, states have been drawn into the discussion.

The hearings will begin at 1 p.m. in the Duquesne Room of the Duquesne Union, with opening remarks by Committee Chairman James R. Roebuck (D-118 Philadelphia County), Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-19 Allegheny County) and Dr. Stephen L. Pellathy, science curriculum specialist in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

The four panels, the times of their testimony and the experts are:

1:15 p.m., statewide initiatives:  Jamie Bracey, president, Urban Stem Strategy Group; Liz Nilsen, regional PA STEM representative, Southwestern PA STEM Network; and Dr. C. Dianne Colbert, convener, Southwestern Pennsylvania Urban Stem Strategy Group/Out-of-School-Time advocate.

1:45 p.m., K-12 education and minority students: Ron Baillie, co-director, Carnegie Science Center, Girls Math and Science Partnership; Pellathy; Jennifer Stancil, executive director of educational partnerships, WQED Pittsburgh; and Monique McIntosh, director of the Teen Leadership Institute for the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA.

2:15 p.m., state industry and business: Dr. Yvonne Hennigan and LaShon Jackson, both of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative; Rebecca Lucore, executive director, Bayer USA Foundation; Dr. Harvey Borovetz, deputy director, medical devices, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Candi Castleberry-Singleton, chief inclusion and diversity officer, UPMC.

3 p.m., higher education: Tonya Groover, director, Technology Leadership Initiative, University of Pittsburgh; Paula Davis, assistant vice chancellor, health sciences diversity, University of Pittsburgh; C. Fred Higgs, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; Seybert; Dr. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., executive vice president and dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, St. Vincent College; and Dr. Charles T. Blocksidge, executive director, Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny County Workforce Alliance.

3:45 p.m., closing remarks by Committee Chairman Roebuck.

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