Morgan State Hosts President Obama's Science and Technology Advisor To Highlight STEM Opportunities for African American Students

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Dr. John P. Holdren

[STEM Education]

Morgan State University today hosts Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in its Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS).

Dr. Holdren, who also serves as the Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on energy policy and climate science. Morgan officials praise his visit an opportunity to showcase Morgan’s standing as one of the Nation’s great academic resources in the sciences, and to launch a national conversation on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) value in global STEM development. This trip is part of OSTP’s “week of action” in honor of Black History Month, to help accelerate, support, and raise awareness of STEM opportunities for African American students, schools, and communities.

“Morgan is proud of its partnerships with state and federal agencies in developing innovation in the STEM fields,” says Morgan President David Wilson. “We are honored to host Dr. Holdren and to boldly serve as a premier national research institution meeting the challenges and creating opportunities in critical global industries.”

Dr. Holdren will visit faculty and students from Morgan’s School of Engineering and its School of Architecture and Planning to discuss STEM capacity building at historically black colleges and universities. Dr. Holdren also tours Morgan’s CBEIS facility, which houses one of only two earthquake simulators on the East coast, and can register up to nine points on the Richter scale.

“One of the smartest things we can do to keep our Nation globally competitive is ensure that our science, technology, engineering, and math workforce taps into America’s extraordinarily diverse talent pool,” Dr. Holdren said. “Morgan State is helping to cultivate the next generation of discoverers, builders, inventors, and thinkers that will keep America innovating on the cutting edge.”

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie classified Doctoral Research Institution offering more than 70 academic programs leading to bachelors degrees as well as programs at the masters and doctoral levels. As Maryland’s Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi-ethnic and multi-racial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible.


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