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Chancellor Speaks Up for Girls

UC Riverside Chancellor Speaks at National Summit to Help Girls Keep Pace in Math and Science

U.S. Department of Education brings together experts to take on the challenge

(May 15, 2006)

Chancellor France A. Córdova  Enlarge

Chancellor France A. Córdova

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- UC Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova spoke at the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever national summit for girls on math and science in Washington D. C. today (Monday, May 15.)

She was part of a panel on Higher Education/Workforce Development issues, moderated by Shana Dale, deputy administrator at NASA.

“I am pleased to represent higher education’s role in getting more young women interested and prepared for careers in math and the sciences,” Córdova said before she left campus. “The goal of this meeting is to propose action items to insure that progress is made.”

UC Riverside has a number of programs geared to help prepare girls for careers in math and science. Most of them are coordinated through the ALPHA Center, which brings together university programs that directly address education in the K-12 sphere.

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that the event, held in conjunction with the Girls Scouts, will help U.S. schools keep pace in a world that is increasingly oriented toward technology. During the event, she announced the 17 expert panelists and six ex-officio members chosen to comprise the National Mathematics Advisory Panel. The panel will advise President Bush and Secretary Spellings on the best use of scientifically based research to advance the teaching and learning of mathematics.

“To keep up with the competition, we must pick up the pace,” she said. “We must provide our children with the knowledge and skills to succeed. And we must close the gender gap in math and science.”

A full schedule of the event follows:

May 15, 2006
Barnard Auditorium, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C., 20202
Lunch at the Library of Congress

8:30am — 9:00am Coffee

Secretary Margaret Spellings, U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Kathie Olsen, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation
Shannon Babb, Intel Science Award Winner
Girl Scouts Member


Discussion Leaders:
Dr. Camilla Benbow, Dean, Peabody College of Education and
Development, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Eric Jolly, President and CEO of the Science Museum of
Cathy Seeley, President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez, Member, National Science Board; Past
President of National Science Teachers Association, former teacher
Girl Scouts Member

Shana Dale, Deputy Administrator, NASA

10:15am — 10:45am General Discussion (Town Hall style)

10:45am — 11:00am Break


Discussion Leaders:
Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College
Dr. France Cordova, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside
Lucy Sanders, CEO & Co-Founder, National Center for Women &
Information Technology
Net Day Young Adult

Marion Blakey, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

11:30am — 12:00pm General Discussion (Town Hall style)

12:00pm — 12:25pm Travel to Library of Congress

12:30pm — 1:15pm Moderator: Secretary Margaret Spellings
Honored Guest: Senator Ron Wyden
Introduction of Sally Ride: Marion Blakey, Administrator, Federal Aviation
Working Lunch & Keynote: Dr. Sally Ride
Closing: Dr. Kathie Olsen
***Open Press

1:00pm — 1:15pm Media Availability


Discussion Leaders:
Dr. Patricia Galloway, Past President, American Society of Civil
Engineers and CEO and CFO, Nielsen-Wurster Group, Inc.
Pat Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Ellen Levine, Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping
Ann Moore, Chair and CEO, Time, Inc.
Girl Scouts Member

Patricia Diaz Dennis, Chair of the National Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of the
USA and Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, AT&T

1:45pm — 2:15pm General Discussion (Town Hall style)

2:15pm — 2:45pm Action Items Moving Forward
Secretary Margaret Spellings and Dr. Kathie Olsen

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