Public Policy Colloquium Hits New Attendance Mark

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A record 126 deans from 41 states attended the February 13-14 EDC Public Policy Colloquium in Washington, D.C. Program highlights included substantial discussion of how engineering colleges might help improve K-12 science and math achievement in the United States.

At a Capitol Hill Reception the first night of the event, EDC Chair Stephen Director presented new House Science Committee Chair Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) with an award recognizing his outstanding contributions to national science and engineering public policy. Several deans of engineering from New York joined Director in presenting the award to Chairman Boehlert: William Baeslack, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Edward Bogucz, Syracuse University; Eleanor Baum, The Cooper Union; Dean L. D. Pye, Alfred University; and Richard Heist, Manhattan College.

Attendees heard former senator and astronaut John Glenn warn in his keynote speech that, in K-12 science and math education, "what was good enough for the past won't be good enough for the future." Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) both described legislation they have advocated to advance precollege learning and instruction in science and math. NAE President William Wulf stressed the integral role that diversity-both cultural and personal-must play in the future of engineering education. …