The Spring 2012 Forum provided 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 was also a gathering in which we all learned 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 had a very exciting line-up of speakers this year. Dr. Pamela S. Lottero-Perdue (Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University) spoke 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) discussed "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) discussed "A Natural Education: Science Education for All."