This podcast is a recording of Dr. Steven Beering’s keynote address at our luncheon today during the 2008 OU K-20 Center’s MidWinter Conference in Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Beering is the Chair of the National Science Board of the United States. He was appointed by the President of the United States and his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Beering shared key highlights of a recent report he just shared in Washington D.C. with our President and other national leaders, regarding steps that need to be taken to strengthen our educational support of students in STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Dr. Beering has had and continues to have a remarkable career in public service, which included (as Dr. Lee Williams shared in the introduction) being the medical doctor for the original Mercury 7 astronauts in the 1960s. Amidst calls for a focus on “right brain” thinking by author Daniel Pink and others, it is worthwhile to listen to Dr. Beering and his perspectives on the importance of “left brain” analytical thinking and scientific aptitudes as well as dispositions for the future of our nation and world. Many thanks to Dr. Beering for granting permission to share this presentation here as a podcast.
- The National Science Board’s website is http://nsf.gov/nsb/.
- A National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education System
- The K-20 Center at the University of Oklahoma
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