NSF hosts first public hearing of the Commission on Women, Minorities

July 19, 1999

The National Science Foundation [NSF] will host the first open public hearing of the Congressionally-mandated Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development on Tuesday, July 20, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The commission was established under Public Law 105-255 in response to a 1996 NSF report on women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering. This is the first of two public hearings scheduled for the purpose of receiving public comment from industry, academia, government, associations and other interested parties on how to best recruit, retain and advance women, minorities and persons with disabilities within all fields of science, engineering and technology in the public and private sectors. The testimony will be incorporated into a report to the President, Congress and key state leaders.

The meeting will open with remarks by NSF Director Rita Colwell. Key guest speakers will include Martha A. Krebs, Director, Office of Science at the Department of Energy and Kenneth Disken, a vice president for human resources at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development

Public Hearing

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 1999

National Science Foundation - Room 1235 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. [Ballston Metro Stop]

To facilitate passage through security, the public should contact Lisa Mackall in advance at 703-306-1002 ppsu-mff071999.html.

Media contact:
Bill Noxon or Joel Blumenthal 703-306-1070.

National Science Foundation

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