Jill Marshall Participates in National STEM Solutions Conference June 11, 2013
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in the next five years there will be nearly 9 million jobs added in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. To address the need for a workforce that can fill these jobs, education, business and government leaders from around the country will be meeting in Austin June 17-19 for the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 national conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Teach. Inspire. Hire.”
Jill Marshall, an associate professor in the College of Education, and Tricia Berry, director of Women in Engineering program, will be representing UT Austin and participating in conference sessions. The Cockrell School of Engineering also is one of the conference sponsors.
Marshall will represent the UTeach program at a panel on “Overhauling Teacher Prep to Improve K-12 STEM Instruction.” Marshall studies how people come to understand and engineer the physical world, how teachers can facilitate that process and how the outcomes can be assessed. She also was president of the American Association of Physics Teachers last year
Berry will moderate a session on “Bringing — and Keeping — Women in the Fold on Campus.” In addition to heading UT’s Women in Engineering, she also runs the Texas Girls Collaborative Project through which she connects Texas organizations, companies and individuals who are working to advance gender equity in STEM fields. At last year’s STEM Solutions conference, she was named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM.
According to its site, U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 will bring together leaders “who have long recognized the need to connect the dots between STEM education and careers” and will help them understand the current STEM challenges.