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about the ASEE Annual Conference, please visit www.asee.org/conferences/annual2001/.
A record 126
deans from 41 states attended the February 1314 EDC Public
Policy Colloquium in Washington, D.C. Program highlights included
substantial discussion of how engineering colleges might help improve
K-12 science and math achievement in the United States.
a Capitol Hill Reception the first night of the event, EDC Chair
Stephen Director presented new House Science Committee Chair Sherwood
Boehlert (R-NY) with an award recognizing his outstanding contributions
to national science and engineering public policy. Several deans
of engineering from New York joined Director in presenting the award
to Chairman Boehlert: William Baeslack, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
Edward Bogucz, Syracuse University; Eleanor Baum, The Cooper Union;
Dean L. D. Pye, Alfred University; and Richard Heist, Manhattan
former senator and astronaut John Glenn warn in his keynote speech
that, in K-12 science and math education, what was good enough
for the past won't be good enough for the future. Representatives
Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) both described legislation
they have advocated to advance precollege learning and instruction
in science and math. NAE President William Wulf stressed the integral
role that diversityboth cultural and personalmust play
in the future of engineering education.
panel of engineering and education deans from three schools described
strategies for forming a closer relationship between their two sectors
of the university community. A range of Capitol Hill staffers and
media figures from the science and technology policy arena described
the new, fiscally straitened environment for federal spending, warning
that the increases of the last several years will very likely end
with President Bush's first budget. The Feb. 28 release of
Bush's budget blueprint confirmed this, with only defense,
education, and NIH budgets increasing by more than the rate of inflation.
The deans received status reports on the new National Institute
of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at NIH and on negotiations
between the State Department and the Office of Science and Technology
Policy to work out complications in the recently modified International
Traffic in Arms Regulations. Deans Stephen Director of the University
of Michigan, Bill Schowalter of the University of Illinois, and
David Wormley of Penn State University, drawing on their experiences
visiting Capitol Hill, offered advice on how to build useful, long-lasting
relationships with members of Congress.
ASEE and the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) invite
papers for the inaugural ASEE/SEFI International Conference, Global
Changes in Engineering Education, to be held September 1518,
2001, in Berlin, Germany. Conference topics will be educating engineering
students in entrepreneurship, national accreditation/global practice,
and technology in learning systems.
presenters are invited to submit an abstract on one of the above
topics. Abstracts should be 200300 words long and in English.
Abstracts will be accepted either via e-mail or fax on or before
May 15. All abstracts will be peer reviewed by the program planning
committee, and accepted authors will be asked to submit their papers
for publication on the ASEE Web site. All accepted authors will
present their papers in a poster session on Tuesday, September 18,
at Berlin Technical University. Authors should submit their abstracts
to Michael Dingman at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax to (202) 265-8504. For more information on the conference,
The SEFI 2001 Conference in Copenhagen, September 1214, will
focus on the changing paradigm of engineering education. Topics
will include new engineering competencies, information and communication
technology, and motivating teaching and evaluation methods. For
more information on this conference, see www.sefi2001.dk.
items for the International News section, please send information
at least 12 weeks prior to desired publication to ASEE Today, e-mail:
fax (202) 265-8504. International events are also listed on ASEE's
Web site at www.asee.org/international.