February 3, 2006

The National Center for Women & Information Technology has been invited to attend a February 10 meeting of the National Science Board (NSB) on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.

The NSB is the governing body of the National Science Foundation, and is a major science-policy advising group for the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.

The CU-Boulder visit includes a commission meeting by the NSB on 21st-century education challenges in science, math and technology. A campus poster session in the morning, highlighting NSF-funded research underway at CU-Boulder, will include a presentation from NCWIT. To date, NCWIT has received two multi-million-dollar grants from the National Science Foundation: a Core Center grant supports NCWIT's pipeline research and organizational foundations, while an Extension Services grant supports identification and dissemination of best practices in higher education.

The public meeting will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 235 of the University Memorial Center. CU will provide a Web cast of the NSB hearing beginning at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT, will attend the event.

The Feb. 10 meeting will focus in part on an NSB report issued last September and warning that the preeminence of the United States in science education has been slipping for two decades. "Not since the Soviet Union's launch of the Sputnik satellite 47 years ago has the need to improve science and mathematics in America been as clear and urgent as it is today," according to the report.

NCWIT's mission is to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology (IT). NCWIT believes that the lack of women involved in the creation of IT has deep implications for our country's preparedness, competitiveness, economic wellbeing, and quality of life. With the U.S. Department of Labor predicting that more than one million IT jobs will be added to our workforce by 2014, women's participation is a compelling issue of innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability.

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