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Chancellor Katehi to be Honored as Leading Woman in Science Education

Only 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and math jobs in the U.S. are held by women and women.

UC Davis Chancellor Dr. Linda Katehi will be honored this week as one of a handful of California’s leading women in advancing the next generation of science education in California.

The recognition comes as a part of her work in California's STEM program. We received the following release Monday afternoon: 

Dr. Katehi will receive her “Leading Women in STEM” Award on Tuesday, October 16 at 12:00pm at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina as part of the California STEM Summit 2012 (www.castemsummit.com).

The California STEM Summit is a statewide leadership convening of business, government, education, nonprofit and philanthropic luminaries to spark change in STEM education and workforce development and launch new STEM education initiatives, taking place October 15 and 16 in San Diego.  The Summit is convened by the nonprofit California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet), which works to bring systemic change to how STEM is taught and learned in California in order to prepare the nation’s most STEM-capable graduates.

Recognizing the dramatic need for increasing the number of women in STEM fields – only 25% of STEM jobs in the U.S. are held by women and women with STEM jobs earn 33% more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs – CSLNet is highlighting accomplished women STEM leaders who are serving as exemplary role models for women and girls across California and working tirelessly to advance high quality STEM education for all California students.

I’d be glad to arrange an interview with Dr. Katehi about her Leading Women in STEM Award and why it’s more important than ever to grow the ranks of women and girls who are pursuing STEM careers, both in California and across the country, and spark a sea change in STEM teaching and learning in our state.

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