published March 6, 2013

Washington Symposium Speakers to Address Communication, the New Standards, Science and Human Rights: Deadline to Register is March 6

The annual National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session brings together educators, students, community members, and policy leaders to discuss the connection of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics course content to civic issues and implications of public policy on curricula; as well as to recognize campus work and consider new initiatives. The Symposium will be held from this Sunday, March 10 to Tuesday afternoon, March 12, in Washington, DC.

This year, the Symposium program will include discussions on:
- The emergence of the new standards,
- Science and human rights,
- Connections between the higher education and informal science education communities,
- Effective communication about STEM topics and issues with the public, whether through conversations, the use of social media, radio, academic posters, etc.,
- What it will take to reach the 'tipping point' for the transformation of STEM education, and
- Successful initiatives to improve STEM education at colleges and universities from around the country.

The program will also feature poster presentations by faculty and students who have been selected to share their work at the Symposium.

Invited speakers include The Honorable Rush Holt, Congressman for the 12th District of New Jersey, United States House of Representatives; Dr. Martin Storksdieck, Director of the Board on Science Education; Ms. Flora Lichtman, Correspondent and Managing Editor, Video, for Science Friday; Ms. Jessica M. Wyndham, Associate Director for the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Dr. Mel D. Schiavelli, Executive Vice President for Northern Virginia Community College, and Dr. Kristen M. Kulinowski, Research Staff Member, Science and Technology Policy Institute.

Symposium events will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, the National Academy of Sciences, the Keck Center of the National Academies, and the Marian Koshland Science Museum. We invite you to consider joining us for the Symposium as a guest. The deadline to register is today, March 6! Please click here to access a detailed agenda, speaker biographies, and the guest registration form.