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As the director of national peer-reviewed models for mathematics and science teacher preparation and STEM transfer learning communities, Texas A&M University's Timothy P. Scott is an in-demand speaker, committee member and expert resource. Scott will present at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference next week in Baltimore.

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Dr. Timothy P. Scott, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Texas A&M University College of Science and a co-director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE), has been selected to present at U.S. News & World Report's 2016 National Leadership Conference, U.S. News STEM Solutions, set for May 18-20 in Baltimore.

Now in its fifth year, the annual conference is described as a mission-critical event focused on the shortage of STEM-related skills in the American workforce. Each year, U.S. News & World Report, publisher of the STEM Index and A Parent's Guide to STEM, seeks to bring together major corporations, leading educators, top policy makers and education technology companies to create a collective intended to fill jobs now and advance the future STEM workforce.

"With a concentration of healthcare systems, high-tech companies, research universities, government agencies and defense contractors in its backyard, the Baltimore area has a great need for a STEM-proficient workforce," said Brian Kelly, U.S. News editor and chief content officer. "The region illustrates the broader STEM challenge we face as a country, and we're looking forward to bringing national and local leaders together to shed light on this important issue."

Scott, a 1989 Texas A&M graduate who earned both his master's in biology (1989) and his doctorate in zoology (1996), joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1990 and has served since 2000 as an associate dean in the College of Science. Since making the transition from the lab bench to administration, he has emerged as a national voice for STEM education, mathematics and science teacher preparation and professional development, and science education policy. In the past decade and a half, Scott has become integral to Texas A&M's campus-wide commitment to STEM education and advancement as well as to national efforts in the same regard.

Scott will participate in a Friday (May 20) morning panel session, Universities United: A Push Toward Greater Excellence, addressing current methods of preparing effective STEM teachers, ways to empower minority males in STEM and strategies for improving undergraduate programs in science and engineering at higher education institutions across the country. The panel, which will be moderated by Anita Narayan, U.S. News managing editor for education, also includes Harvard University's R. Evelynn Hammonds and the Association of American Universities' Dr. Emily R. Miller.

For his part, Scott was selected on the basis of his work as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Commission on the Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI), along with his STEM-related leadership experience at Texas A&M and in the State of Texas. Among other projects, Scott is one of Texas A&M's leaders in its 100Kin10 partnership, a national initiative to add 100,000 top-rate STEM teachers to American classrooms by 2021.

"Given Dr. Scott's roles at Texas A&M University with the Center for Mathematics and Science Education and with broadening the STEM pipeline, we thought he would be well-suited for a broader conversation about how to address some of the critical challenges facing the field," said Michael Morella, U.S. News associate editor.

Scott is among dozens of top experts in education, workforce development, industry and policy who will be highlighting STEM initiatives that are working in their respective sectors. Keynote speakers at the summit include representatives from Girl Scouts of the USA, The College Board, DuPont, Boeing, the National Urban League and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, in addition to prominent universities across the country and Baltimore-based colleges and industries.

In addition to serving as one of four CMSE co-directors, Scott is the founder and head of the university's aggieTEACH program, a nationally peer-reviewed teacher recruitment and preparation model that has helped Texas A&M lead the state in university certified secondary science and mathematics teacher production for more than a decade. During this same period, the CMSE has conducted nearly $30 million in funded science- and mathematics-related research to benefit preK-16 programs throughout the state and nation.

Since 2014, Scott has been the faculty mentor for Texas A&M's Posse Foundation Scholars cohort, one of 70 nationwide that prepares 10 first-generation students per group to attend select colleges across the country. In addition, he launched a Transfer Learning Community to assist all entering College of Science transfer students in their transition to Texas A&M from other colleges and universities -- model results he regularly presents to audiences ranging from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to the National Institute of the Study of Transfer Students.

As part of the conference, U.S. News will recognize recipients of its 2016 STEM Leadership Hall of Fame awards and also release the third annual U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, the only comprehensive index of its kind that tracks key economic- and education-related STEM activity in the United States over time.

For additional information about the full conference schedule and speakers, visit www.usnewsstemsolutions.com.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Timothy P. Scott, (979) 845-7362 or tim@science.tamu.edu

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  • Scott, sharing lessons from aggieTEACH at a mid-March meeting in New York for 49 new partners in 100Kin10, a national network of organizations that hopes to bring 100,000 STEM teachers into the workforce by 2021. (Credit: 100Kin10.)

  • Scott (pictured here advising one of Texas A&M's Posse Foundation Scholars) is widely respected within the Texas A&M community and in external circles for his hands-on approach to improving learning outcomes, from his open-door, one-on-one advising policy to his uncanny ability to meet students on their level.

  • Dr. Timothy P. Scott

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