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Science Education Experts Discuss Solutions for Global Competitiveness at Scientific American Forum
Date:12/9/2009

out the future of technology, innovation and how best to inspire a new generation of students," said Bruce Brandfon, publisher, Scientific American. "This forum proved to be an informative and insightful assembly of persons vested in the success of the American education system, and consequently, the success of America."

Several key themes emerged during the day's discussions:

  • The state of tomorrow's workforce: over the next five years 40-50% of the U.S. workforce will retire.
  • The state of the classroom: The U.S. is lagging behind several other countries in academics, and coupled with the fact that only 18% of U.S. high school students can pass a science proficiency test it is clear that something must be done to address what will be a drastic shortage of scientists in our country.
  • Finding solutions for building an effective workforce of scientists who can solve our most difficult technological challenges by inspiring U.S. students to purse science careers. These solutions included public policy solutions, alignment of academic standards, federal funding, curriculum innovation and educator training.

To view video highlights of Kristina Johnson keynote address, please click HERE.

"Amgen is proud to be a part of today's important dialogue," said Joe Miletich, senior vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. "Amgen, and other companies on the cutting edge of biotechnology, depend on the ingenuity and pioneering spirit of new generations of Americans. We are committed to supporting education programs that entice and encourage students to explore their future in science."

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