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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 8, 2007


Under Secretary Dobriansky Co-Hosting the Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology, and Engineering

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky is co-hosting the "Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering," in Kuwait, January 8-10. The conference is being held under the patronage of Kuwaiti Prime Minister H.H. Shaykh Naser Mohammad Al-Sabah, and co-hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the U.S. co-sponsor. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment, and Science Claudia A. McMurray will also deliver remarks at the conference.

The conference offers women scientists from 20 Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to create stronger networks with U.S. counterparts and each other, and will build their capacity to serve as leaders, innovators, and mentors. The conference brings together teams of women scientists, researchers and students to participate in discussions and roundtables on the role of women in science, science education, and bringing science to market. Country teams include senior and mid-career women scientists, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs working in science and technology fields. Conference workshops feature sessions on grant proposal writing, building leadership and business skills, networking, and mentoring. Distinguished leaders in academia, business, and government are participating as speakers and moderators.

U.S. speakers, panelists, moderators, and workshop leaders include: NASA Astronaut Janet Kavandi; Anne Stevens, President and CEO, Carpenter Technology Cooperation; Marcia McNutt, President and CEO, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Marye Anne Fox, President, University of California San Diego; France Cordova, President, University of California Riverside; Wanda Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services; Mary Kirk, Vice President, Institute of International Education; Claudia Morrell, Executive Director, Center for Women and Information Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Elhani Enssani, Head of Civil Engineering Department, San Francisco State University; Rebecca "Becky" Failor, Director, Hazards Control Department, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Doaa Taha, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, George Washington University; Heather Freeman, Greentimes Program, Urban Ecology Institute, Boston College; Jo Handelsman, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin Madison; Monica Bradford, Executive Editor, Science; Shirley Malcom, Director, AAAS Education and Human Resources; and Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer AAAS, Executive Publisher Science.

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Released on January 8, 2007

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