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Access to STEM Education Is Science Cafe’s Next Topic

The third Science Cafe at Lusa Pastry Cafe will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 6:00pm- 7:00pm.  Dr. Maurice Eftink, associate provost, dean of the graduate school, and professor of chemistry and biochemistry will lead the conversation on the topic of “Access to STEM Education in Mississippi: Status and Goals.”

A shared interest among the science educator community in Mississippi is whether we are doing an adequate job in preparing future generations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Ideally, the STEM “pipeline” is filled with a flow of eager, bright students being taught by capable, challenging teachers, from K-12 through graduate school.

Unfortunately, reality is less than the ideal. In our regional context, STEM Education issues include the level of preparedness of our students, the training and support for science/math teachers, the underrepresentedness minority students, and the mission of the UM in preparing bachelors and graduate school graduates. This discussion will focus on a variety of STEM Education access issues, will give an overview of some of the successful programs at UM, and will envision what we science educators can do to further enhance the STEM pipeline.  Everyone is invited, and children are welcome.

Oxford Science Cafe is sponsored by the physics and astronomy department and the office of the provost.  In February, the topic will be how cancer drugs work. Dr. Randy Wadkins will lead the conversation that month.  If you have any questions, please call 662.915.7046 or email: oxfordsciencecafe@phy.olemiss.edu.