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  • May 2, 2014: Fueling the Engines for Mars -- and Beyond - These students weren’t visiting NASA headquarters, or talking with Lyle in their classrooms.  They were on the first-ever international virtual field trip to Mars.
     
  • May 1, 2014: STEMatState: USA Science and Engineering Festival - The State Department joined the fun and hosted an exhibit that provided an interactive look at some of the ways that science and diplomacy intersect. 
     
  • April 26, 2014: STEMatState: Diplomacy and Public Safety - It’s 11:15 on a Thursday night.  I am the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) Duty Officer responsible for answering phone calls 24 hours a day from American law enforcement officials who stop foreign diplomats in the United States for traffic violations.
     
  • April 23, 2014: STEMatState: Step Behind Our Consular Window - What really goes on behind the consular window? Every day, consular officers evaluate 60,000 to100,000 visa applicants worldwide, utilizing multiple methods including various types of technology.
     
  • April 21, 2014: You’re Invited: Join the Coolest Virtual Field Trip to Mars - The Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 in conjunction with the USA Science and Engineering Festival and in celebration of National Science Week.
     
  • April 16, 2014: STEMatState: Saving Lives through Advanced Engineering - Many people probably don’t think of diplomacy and engineering as going hand in hand. The reality, however, is that science and technology play an important role in how the State Department conducts foreign policy on a daily basis.
     
  • April 10, 2014: STEMatState: Verifying Arms Control Treaties - One hundred eighty-three countries have signed a treaty -- the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) -- banning all nuclear explosions everywhere.
     
  • April 9, 2014: STEMatState: Eco-Friendly Embassies - The Department of State’s Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) is using STEM to make the Department a leading global organization in sustainability.
     
  • March 13, 2014: Virtual Exchanges: We Need Everyone - These international students, scholars, and emerging leaders leave their hometowns in an effort to better understand and contribute to the world around them.
     
  • March 5, 2014: Promoting Education Biotechnology - Science plays an important role in U.S. foreign policy -- and the State Department has a deep bench of scientific and technical experts who work the full range of such issues from climate change to basic research cooperation to pandemic disease detection and protection.
     
  • February 6, 2014: U.S. Embassy Kigali Connects Rwandan Girls to STEM - Empowering women and girls, especially to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, fields, is a top priority for the U.S. Government.
     
  • Dec. 19, 2013: Preparing African Youth for 21st Century Jobs - Last week, as part of a global “Hour of Code” challenge held in honor of Computer Science Education Week, millions of children around the world spent an hour playing and developing computer games, creating mobile apps, and launching websites.
     
  • Nov. 15, 2013: Revolutionizing Education and Learning Through Technology - This week, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and educators around the world are celebrating International Education Week and how studying in another country and learning about the world can transform lives.
     
  • Nov. 1, 2013: Building a Global Network of Learners - Education matters to everyone around the world. Earlier this year, Secretary Kerry said, “No matter where they’re from, the young people that I meet with share the same basic aspirations. They want an education. They want opportunity.” Here at the State Department, we have a strong interest in finding new ways to offer expansive learning opportunities so that everyone has the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed.
     
  • May 30, 2013: Delegation to India Promotes Women and Girls in Technology - Last week, the Department of State led a delegation of technology executives from U.S.-based companies to India to explore the challenges we face in fully engaging the potential of women in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to meet the demands of our global economy.
     
  • May 3, 2013: Public and Private Investments in Women and Girls Through the Equal Futures Partnership - On April 18, 2013, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim co-hosted the second Equal Futures Partnership meeting, along with the U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, and National Economic Advisor to President Obama Gene Sperling on the margins of the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC.
     
  • February 23, 2013: In Southeast Asia, Equipping Girls to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - Over the last several years, the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has developed numerous exchanges to empower women and girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
     
  • Feb. 21, 2013: Empowering Future Leaders in the Pacific - Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural Future Leaders of the Pacific conference (#FPL13) in Pago Pago, American Samoa.


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