Entertainment Industries Council Supporting U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference 2013

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Watch EIC and US News Super Session, “We Don’t Hate Math: Closing the Gender Gap,” on June 18 in Austin

Leaders from around the country will convene through June 19, 2013 at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference in Austin to address the future of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Skilled workers in these fields are needed to ensure a bright future, and this leadership summit will bring together the bright minds that are dedicated to increasing education and careers in STEM. Issues addressed at this year’s conference include primary and secondary education in STEM, decreasing stigma associated with STEM careers, including women in the advancement of STEM fields, and keeping classrooms technologically updated for optimal education. Thousands of people will convene this year to brainstorm solutions and address barriers to the STEM skills shortage.

Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) is a supporting organization of the 2013 STEM Solutions National Conference, and will participate in the planning process and provide input and solutions for the improvement of STEM fields. During the conference, EIC’s Skylar Jackson, External Communication & Program Director, will moderate a Super Session, “We Don’t Hate Math: Closing the Gender Gap,” in which several female panelists will discuss the need to include more women in STEM fields. Featured panelists include: Erika Ebbel, Ph. D., Founder and Chairman of Science from Scientists; Jully Burau, Vehicle Chief Engineer for Full Size Trucks, General Motors; Marie T. Zuber, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Darlene Miller, owner and CEO of Permac Industries.

While encouraging statistics show women represent half of the nation’s workforce, studies suggest they make up only a quarter of the jobs in STEM fields. The experts will identify ways to encourage, educate, and inspire girls to develop a passion for STEM disciplines and close the gender gap, according to U.S. News & World Report. Watch the discussion live at http://usnewsstemsolutions.com/

To excite the potential and future workforce about science, engineering, and technology, EIC created Ready on the S.E.T. and… Action!. “The program directly connects experts in these fields with media and entertainment representatives. We’re developing resources for writers, producers, directors, journalists, to reinforce accurate portrayals of engineers and scientists in the entertainment media space,” said Brian Dyak, President & CEO of EIC.

To learn more about STEM Solutions 2013 and how you can help to shape the nation’s future, visit http://usnewsstemsolutions.com/

About U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013

The National Conference was created to foster collaboration among those working to advance the agenda for national change in STEM education, policy, and workforce development. It is held June 17-19, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

U.S. News & World Report is a print and digital publisher of news and information in the areas of politics, policy, education, health care, personal finance, and other topics of consumer interest.

About Entertainment Industries Council

EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders within the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment and journalism outreach and a premiere success story in the field of entertainment education. This mission relies on providing resource information to the creative community and culminates in recognition of the industry through the national television special PRISM Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of substance use issues and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology.

For a complete list of health and social issues addressed by EIC and local projects please visit First Draft and EIC’s website. EIC’s web site is http://www.eiconline.org. The PRISM Awards web site is http://www.prismawards.com.

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