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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Leads Discussion on the Future of STEM at the Congressional Black Caucus Science & Technology Brain Trust

Sep 14, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today  hosted her 26th annual Science and Technology Brain Trust as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. The program featured a panel of leaders in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, who shared their experiences, in line with the program’s theme “Building the Future, Today: STEMulating the Next Generation of Leaders.”


“Even though I’ve been doing this for a long time, I’m still impressed by the conversations we have when we get STEM professionals and students in the same room to talk about these issues,” said Congresswoman Johnson during panel. “I was and still am excited to hear about all of the work being done at our agencies, in the private sector, at advocacy groups, and in schools to help further the goal of more diversity in STEM.”


Founded in 1993, the Science and Technology Brain Trust was designed by Congresswoman Johnson to expand the opportunities made available to people of color in STEM professions. This year’s panel was attended by more than 300 participants, including more than 200 students.


The program offered the eager and enthusiastic attendees perspectives from panelists Dr. Talmesha Richards of STEMconnector; Niasia Williams of the National Society of Black Engineers; Maya Ajmera from the Society for Science & the Public; Telisa Toliver from Chevron Pipeline and Power; Kenneth Harris II of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Dr. Knatokie Ford of Fly Sci Enterprise; Former NFL Cornerback Shawn Springs of Windpact; Dr. Jeanette J. Epps of NASA; and panel moderator Dr. Reagan Flowers of C-STEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Inc.


Photos from the event are avaiblie here.

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