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Bayer, U.S. Astronaut to Host STEM Diversity and Higher Education Forum to Showcase Best Practice College STEM Diversity Programs

Submitted by: Bayer

Categories: Academia, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Apr 04, 2012 – 10:00 AM EST


WASHINGTON, Apr. 04 /CSRwire/ - Bayer Corporation will host a forum on the state of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) diversity at U.S. colleges.  As the nation struggles to attract more women, African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians to its STEM fields, the forum will examine the undergraduate college environment in which these students make their career decisions.

The forum comes on the heels of a new report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) titled, “Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in STEM,” as well as a Bayer-commissioned survey which polled STEM department chairs at the nation’s top 200 research universities about their efforts to recruit and retain female and underrepresented minority STEM undergraduate students.

Event Details:


Bridging the Gap:  Recruiting, Retaining and Reinvigorating College STEM Programs


  • Moderator: Dr. Mae C. Jemison, first African-American astronaut; CEO BioSentient Corporation; Founder, The Earth We Share, long-time national spokesperson of Bayer’s science education program Making Science Make Sense ®
  • Opening and Closing Speaker: Rebecca Lucore, Executive Director, Bayer USA Foundation


  • Dr. Clemencia de Cohen, Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Dr. Mary Frank Fox, Co-Director, Center for Study of Women, Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. S. James Gates, Member, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)
  • Dr. A. James Hicks, Program Director, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Dr. Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Chair, Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College
  • Dr. David Seybert, Dean, Bayer School for Natural and Environmental Sciences, Duquesne University


National Press Club
Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.


To date, there are nearly 100 registered participants representing federal and state government agencies/organizations; more than 30 U.S. colleges and universities; business, education and higher education organizations; and science organizations.

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About Bayer Corporation
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. As an inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. The company’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life.  The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2011 net sales of EUR 8,177 million ($11,366 million) and employed 15,800 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.

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