Fall Conferences

JISAO at 2009 SACNAS national conference and NOAA Education and Science Forum

Jed and Cecelia at SACNAS in DallasSACNAS National Conference: Oct 15-19, Dallas, TX
Education and Science Forum: Nov 12-14, Washington, DC

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) met in Dallas, Texas from October 15-19. The 2009 theme was "Improving the Human Condition: Challenges for Interdisciplinary Science" and the conference reached an all time high in registration with 2,868 people.

JISAO co-sponsored a booth in the exhibition hall with the UW's Applied Physics Lab. It was staffed by JISAO Outreach Coordinator Jed Thompson and UW graduate student Cecilia Peralta Ferriz. According to Thompson, "the students were very eager and had a lot of curiosity about science careers and JISAO's summer research program for undergrads."

The SACNAS Conference offers a national forum for questions related to the development of a new generation of Chicano and Native American scientists. In addition to the scientific sessions there were professional development workshops, and extensive opportunities for mentoring and networking. An evening powwow and other cultural activities added to the unique character and experience of the SACNAS conference.

In November, Howard University hosted the NOAA Education and Science Forum in Washington, DC. JISAO Outreach Coordinator Jed Thompson joined nearly 1,000 college and university students, instructors, and government and private industry Howard Universityrepresentatives at the fifth bi-annual conference.

Sponsored by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program, the 2009 conference theme was "Building a Community of Environmental Scholars." Participants explored how the environment increasingly impacts society and the economy and how the science community can better engage the general public about the nation's environmental challenges. The forum was part of NOAA's continuing effort to increase the number of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians within underrepresented communities.