The Spring 2012 Forum provides an arena for science and mathematics teachers, students interested in careers in science and mathematics, and scientists and mathematicians from academia and industry to meet, network, and hear about the research of nationally known scientists and mathematicians. It is also a gathering in which we can all learn about the varied career paths of women scientists and mathematicians and consider some of the issues involved in the decision to enter the discipline.
We have a very exciting line-up of speakers this year. Dr. Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue (Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University) will speak about "Developing Engineering Education for Elementary Teachers and Students: A Non-traditional STEM Career Pathway." Dr. Sommer E. Gentry (Mathematics Department, United States Naval Academy) will discuss "Operation Research: Math That Helps Make Smarter Decisions, From Credit Cards and Kidney Transplants to Nuclear Nonproliferation." Finally, Elena S. Takaki (Program Manager, Chesapeake Bay Water Quality, National Geographic Society) will discuss "A Natural Education: Science Education for All."