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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

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Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health,
Endorses National Academy of Sciences Report:

Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Dream of Women in Academic Science and Engineering

“We have increased the pool of talented women who choose to study science and engineering — we must now focus our efforts on retaining and advancing them. As we look to the future of science, we need to ensure we fulfill the promise of 21st century science to improve the health and lives of all people, and to remain competitive in the face of increasing global science and engineering competition. This will require commitment at every level of the scientific enterprise and commitment by every individual to change the current culture. We cannot afford to lose women from the scientific and engineering workforce since they are such a significant scientific resource.”

The report may be found at: http://www.nationalacademies.org/morenews/20060918.html.

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