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Governors Group Forms STEM Advisory Panel

In yet another nod to the rising prominence of improving education in the STEM fields among policymakers, the National Governors Association recently announced the creation of an advisory panel to help state chief executives develop comprehensive agendas to advance the issue, according to a press release.

"This Committee is intended to provide the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders to governors and states as they work to establish and grow STEM education programs that can contribute to economic competitiveness," said John Thomasian, the director of the NGA's Center for Best Practices, in the Nov. 12 release.

Panel members will serve two-year terms, and represent expertise across education, policy, business, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Here's a quick sampling of the 19 members announced:

• Carlos Contreras, the U.S. education director at Intel Corporation;

• Karen Klinzing, the deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Education;

• Uri Treisman, professor of mathematics and public affairs, and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center The University of Texas at Austin;

• Richard D. Rosen, the vice president for education and philanthropic partnerships at the Battelle Memorial Institute; and

• Helen Quinn, a professor of physics at Stanford University and the chair of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council.

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