March 06, 2013

Media Advisory -- White House roundtable series

Gretchen Dabbs, assistant professor and co-director of the Complex for Forensic Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will be part of a White House roundtable series on Women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics) beginning at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 7 in Mount Vernon.

The roundtable discussion is hosted by the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois at the organization’s regional service center, 4102 Water Tower Place, Mount Vernon.  Ann Bartuska, deputy undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the U. S. Department of Agriculture, will moderate.  The White House Office of Public Engagement sponsors the event.

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to attend this discussion, which is also part of Women’s History Month events.  Agenda topics include encouraging STEAM workplace development, and encouraging women and girls to participate in STEAM careers.  STEAM is an expansion of the commonly used acronym STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

For more information, contact Jay Strobel at