Edwards Continues “2014 HBCU STEM Tour” with Visit to UMES

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4th)

     Rep. Donna Edwards tries her hand at flying a plane in UMES' flight simulator.

    WASHINGTON - (Jan. 28, 2012) - Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4th) continued her "2014 HBCU STEM Tour" Tuesday with a visit to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. 

    Edwards met with university President Juliette B. Bell, and toured UMES's 17-acre solar energy collection facility, the Child and Family Development Center and a flight simulation lab used by aviation science students.

    As a senior member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Edwards is visiting historically black institutions to tour their facilities and gain additional insight on how best to engage women and minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields - collectively known as the "STEM" disciplines.

    "I enjoyed the opportunity to witness firsthand the important work being done by President Bell and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore," Edwards said. "We must engage women and minorities in the STEM fields so that they can compete and excel in a 21st century, global economy.

    "It was great to see this taking place on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In the coming months, I will be working with my colleagues on the Science Committee to advance legislation that invests in STEM education and promotes innovative approaches to preparing our young people for careers in the sciences," the congresswoman said. 

    Rep. Donna Edwards & UMES President Juliette Bell

    Rep. Donna Edwards and President Juliette Bell

    Bell, her cabinet of advisors and senior academic leaders gathered before the tour to brief Edwards on what she could anticipate seeing during her visit, which also took her to stops in UMES' biology department and health sciences.

    "As a biochemist and former research scientist, I am delighted to be at the helm of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where we have a strong focus on developing the next generation of science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and technology professionals to meet the workforce needs of the state, nation and world," Bell said.

    "We applaud Congresswoman Edwards for her leadership and look forward to working with her to advance women and underrepresented minorities" in those fields, Bell said.