Press Release

National Science Conference Focuses on Diversity

By SpaceRef Editor
October 18, 2011
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA’s Ames Research Center is supporting the efforts of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) to bring together a national network of talented students and science professionals committed to increasing diverse individuals’ participation in science.

The 2011 SACNAS National Conference, titled “Empowering Innovation and Synergy through Diversity,” will be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Calif. Oct. 27 – 30, 2011. SACNAS is a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and research, teaching and leadership. SACNAS fosters the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists-from college students to professionals-to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Conference includes workshops, scientific symposia, networking and mentoring events, keynote speakers and professional development and leadership sessions. Also available will be exhibits and field trips to NASA Ames and universities. On Saturday, Oct. 29, SACNAS will host its local Community Day, designed to serve 500 local high school students. NASA astronaut and Navy Commander John Herrington, a member of the Chickasaw tribe, will deliver a keynote address to the Community Day audience.

Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Beth Roszman at 831.459.0170, or email by 5 pm Wed. Oct. 26.

WHAT: An opportunity to talk to young people about their future career goals and expectations.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 27 – 30, 2011.

WHERE: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Calif.

For more information about SACNAS, visit:

For more information about the NASA Ames field trip, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.