NASA Astronaut and STEM Education Champion to Keynote PhRMA STEM Solutions Forum

NASA Astronaut and STEM Education Champion to Keynote PhRMA STEM Solutions Forum

01.10.14 | By Kaelan Hollon

Last week, the Administration gave a boost to NASA, vowing to keep the International Space Station in orbit until 2024, four years longer than its current approved tenure. With so many questions left unanswered and so much unchartered territory, space exploration is a lot like the search for treatments and cures.

Along with a similar quest to expand our field of knowledge, NASA and biopharmaceutical research have another thing in common: Dr. Mae Jemison.

As a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jemison broke through a glass ceiling in space, becoming the first woman of color in the world to journey through Earth’s atmosphere. Now, as Bayer Corporation’s national science literacy advocate, she is helping to break down barriers for future biopharmaceutical scientists, raising awareness about the importance of science literacy and calling for reforms in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Dr. Jemison will be speaking about the importance of science education and her efforts to ensure that America continues its scientific leadership at PhRMA and U.S News and World Report’s STEM Saves Lives forum Wednesday, January 22, at the National Press Building. The half-day forum about building a 21st century workforce will also feature CEO perspectives, viewpoints from STEM champions inside and outside of the biopharmaceutical industry and the release of a new Battelle Technology Partnership Practice report, supported by PhRMA, about the role of STEM education in ensuring global competitiveness and continued medical innovation.

For more information about Dr. Jemison and next week’s event, please go to: http://www.phrma.org/stem-saves-lives.

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