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Date:12/9/2009

Opinion Leaders Examine the Role of the Sciences in Education over the Next Decade

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, December 8, 2009, Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., hosted The Decade-2 Education Forum in Washington, D.C. The forum was organized to promote the teaching of math and science to America's students and was sponsored by Amgen, a leading biotechnology company committed to science education in the U.S.

Building upon recent national initiatives such as President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign and his $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" school competition, Scientific American assembled prominent thinkers and leaders before an audience of more than 100 education advocates from government, industry and academia. The participants actively debated the question "Are we at a crossroads in defining the role and scope of a quality science education for all students?"

Presenting attendees included Tony Miller, U.S. Department of Education deputy secretary; Kristina Johnson, U.S. Department of Energy undersecretary; House Science and Technology Committee Chairman The Honorable Bart Gordon (D-TN); the Honorable Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), former Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee; Eugenie Scott, executive director, National Center for Science; Robert M. Lippincott, senior vice president, Education, PBS; and Craig Robinson, Ph.D., executive director, National Science Foundation, among others.

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