AISES National Conference 2010

JISAO in Albuquerque for AISES national conference

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
November 11-13, 2010

Jessica Kleiss working JISAO's booth at the AISES conferencePostodoc Research Associate Jessica Kleiss represented JISAO at the 2010 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The AISES mission is to increase the representation of American Indians in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. The theme of the conference was "Power Up!" which highlighted ways for students to amplify their success in scientific careers. The conference began Thursday evening with an opening ceremony featuring drum performers and a keynote address from Dr. Mae Jemison, internationally renowned for being the first African American woman in space. On Friday, there was a career fair where Jessica talked with many students who were interested in JISAO's summer internship program.

The AISES conference celebrates the Native American cultural identity and community, while supporting and fostering their youth to pursue careers in Science and Technology that are not traditional in their cultures. The Native American tribes are confronted with many societal and environmental issues that overlap with research interests of JISAO, including climate change impacts, water resources, biodiversity, habitat stewardship, and natural resources. The AISES conference plays a key role in empowering youth to realize their potential to make positive contributions to their native communities surrounding these topics. JISAO is making efforts to recruit minority students into its internship program so AISES provides a valuable opportunity to make connections with students in the American Indian community.