FAMU President Larry Robinson Names to National STEM Advisory Panel

This week, Florida A&M University President Larry Robinson was named to serve on a new national advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the U.S Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced the appointment of 18 members to the panel, which was authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. The STEM Education Advisory Panel is composed of individuals from nonprofit, business, academic and informal education organizations.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on this inaugural panel of outstanding individuals,” said Robinson on Wednesday. “I look forward to working with them to advance our nation’s STEM agenda.”

Robinson is also the director of NOAA’s Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems at FAMU and a distinguished professor in the School of the Environment.

Congress authorized the creation of the STEM Education Advisory Panel to advise a group of federal organizations called the Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) on matters related to STEM education. In particular, Congress authorized the panel to help identify opportunities to update the 2013-2018 Federal STEM Education 5-Year Strategic Plan, which CoSTEM developed to improve the efficiency, coordination and impact of federally supported STEM education investments.

In addition, the panel will assess CoSTEM’s progress in carrying out responsibilities mandated by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act.

“This new panel has an opportunity to bring fresh eyes and novel approaches to CoSTEM’s next five-year strategic plan, which will help enhance the nation’s entire STEM ecosystem,” said NSF Director France Córdova, who co-chairs CoSTEM. “NSF continues to generate benefits for society through STEM research. To fulfill that mission, we and our federal partners need to make strategic investments to create new generations of discoverers.”

“This advisory panel is another strong step taken by this administration to advance educational options in the STEM fields,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a CoSTEM member. “I look forward to working with this exceptional new group of STEM leaders to ensure we are constantly rethinking what education means for America’s students.”

“STEM is vital for NOAA to protect lives and property, enhance the economy, and conserve natural resources,” said NOAA acting undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere, retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet. “As a member of CoSTEM, I look forward to working with this distinguished panel and hearing their recommendations that will help advance these efforts.”

“NASA is proud of the many ways that its missions inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. Across the spectrum of our work, students and educators have many opportunities to learn from and engage with our work,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who co-chairs CoSTEM. “We’re going back to the moon and on to Mars, and we’re going to keep doing the amazing things that will help fill the pipeline of new explorers and create a bright future.”

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