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Address of the BSA President-Elect

Soltis, Pamela S. [1].

Science Literacy, Participation, and the BSA.

Science and technology play fundamental roles in today’s society, and our national debates increasingly focus on scientific issues—from stem cells, to global warming, to genetically modified food. Scientific literacy has not kept pace with the infusion of science into society. High school graduates are increasingly unprepared for either the workforce or a challenging college curriculum. Further, the percentage of students meeting College Readiness Benchmarks declines from 10th to 12th grade, indicating that renewed efforts are needed at that critical level. The Botanical Society of America is working to reverse this trend and to contribute to improved scientific literacy at all levels. The BSA has expanded its role in botanical education through workshops for teachers, web resources, and laboratory materials and is working with other scientific societies to monitor and improve scientific literacy. The BSA also supports the participation in science by students and professionals of traditionally underrepresented groups through mentoring opportunities for students and new initiatives to be developed in the coming months. The BSA is soliciting input and participation by all members with interests in these issues.

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1 - University of Florida, Florida Museum of Natatural History, Department Of Natatural Science, Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7800, USA

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Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: SL05
Location: Continental B/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Time: 7:00 PM
Number: SL05001
Abstract ID:2744

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