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Bayer Facts of Science Education XVI

To view the STEM Salon live, please click here to register.

The salon takes place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from noon- 3 p.m. EST 

Conducted since 1995, the Bayer Facts of Science Education survey series gauges the public’s opinion on the state of science education in the United States, support for reform, and the recognition of the roles that science and science literacy play in everyday life.

Over the years, the survey has focused on a number of different audiences, including the nation’s Ph.D. scientists and science teachers; corporate CEOs of STEM companies and other business leaders; and deans of colleges and universities, as well as parents and the general public. The  results are shared with the general public, elected officials, and science and education thought leaders, among others.

The  results are shared with the general public, elected officials, and science and education thought leaders, among others.

STEM Salon: The STEM Workforce Shortage: Myth or Reality   I Documents  I  Logos   I   Survey Archive   I   Media Contact

STEM Salon: The STEM Workforce Shortage: Myth or Reality?

This year, Bayer along with Change the Equation (CTEq), a nonprofit, nonpartison, CEO-led  initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States, will host a STEM Salon on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 around this year's findings which  focus on  U.S. STEM Workforce Shortage-Myth or Reality? Fortune 1000 Talent Recruiters on the Debate. The Salon will feature a panel-led discussion with top educators, thought leaders and talent recruiters that have the expertise on this topic.  The Salon will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. from noon - 3 p.m EST.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the nation’s first African-American female astronaut and Bayer’s longtime Making Science Make Sense® spokesperson, will keynote and present the 2013 survey findings.  CTEq CEO  Linda Rosen will serve as moderator.

Panelists will include Dr. Kelly Mack, Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, American Association of Colleges and Universities; Laurel Rutledge, Head of Human Resources, Bayer MaterialScience LLC; Nicole Smith, Senior Economist, Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce. 

To view the STEM Salon live, please click here to register.  

         Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is an astronaut, medical doctor and a chemical engineer. She is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching new initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building an international, multi­ faceted organization  to promote  the broad global commitment, scientific, social and technical support  and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision-An Inclusive, Audacious journey (that) Transforms Lift Here on Earth and Beyond. Her team won the competitive, single awardee grant in February 2012 from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the US Defense Department's premiere research group responsible for the development of the internet  and GPS  (global positioning  satellite systems).  100YSS will hold its second Public Symposium in Houston September 2013. 100YSS is working to establish The Way Research Institute-a home to foster the radical leaps in knowledge, technology design, innovation and transdisciplinary thinking to create a way to the stars.


                Linda Rosen 

Linda Rosen is the chief executive officer of Change the Equation.  With a lifelong commitment to education, Dr. Rosen has a proven track record of providing leadership to the business community in its mission to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning. Throughout her career, she has focused on scaling up research-based best practices and working with states and localities to implement these practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success.

Under her direction, the Change the Equation coalition of nearly 100 business leaders works to improve STEM education in the U.S. through the organization’s goals of advocacy, inspiring young people, and improving philanthropic investments in strong programs.
                 Dr. Kelly Mack    


Dr. Kelly Mack is the Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope.  Prior to joining AAC&U, Dr. Mack was the Senior Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where, as a Professor of Biology, she taught courses in Physiology and Endocrinology for 18 years.

During her tenure at NSF, Dr. Mack managed an annual budget of approximately $17 million, facilitated the inclusion of issues targeting women of color into the national discourse on gender equity in the STEM disciplines and significantly increased the participation of predominantly undergraduate institutions, community colleges and minority serving institutions in the ADVANCE portfolio. 

              Laurel Rutledge              

As the vice president of Human Resources for Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS), Laurel Rutledge is responsible for providing human resources strategic leadership to meet the challenges and objectives of the business.

Laurel joined Bayer in 2012 as the director of Human Resources at the Baytown, Texas, site. In this role, she provided leadership and strategic direction for the human resources function supporting the site. Prior to joining Bayer, she held a variety of human resources positions of increasing responsibility, including executive HR director at Hill-Rom Company. Laurel was a core member in the start-up of the Enterprise Risk Services Practice at Deloitte and has served in various business strategy, financial, cost accounting and auditing roles.

                    Nicole Smith 

Nicole Smith is a Research Professor and Senior Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center's econometric and methodological work. Dr. Smith has developed a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational projections. This framework forms the underlying methodology for Help Wanted, a report that projects education demand for occupations in the U.S. economy through 2020. She is part of a team of economists working on a project to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways.  


Press Release: Is There a STEM Workforce Shortage? New Bayer Survey –New Hires with STEM Degrees Difficult to Find –Rising Demand and Fierce Competition for STEM Degree Holders –Unfulfilled STEM Jobs ade Bad for Business


Executive Summary: Bayer Facts of Science Education XVI: U.S. STEM Workforce Shortage –Myth or Reality? Fortune 1000 Talent Recruiters on the Debate



Bayer Facts of Science Education XVI Survey Slides




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Survey Archive

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Media Contact


For all media inquiries, please contact Katie Kirkpatrick at (412) 777-5200

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