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May 10, 2006
NASA to Participate in National Girls in Math and Science Summit
NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale will participate in the first National Summit on the Advancement of Girls in Math and Science. The summit is in Washington on Monday, May 15. It is sponsored by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation.

Summit participants want to develop a national strategy that will encourage and engage more girls to participate in math and science fields.

There will be a media availability at approximately 1:00 p.m. EDT May 15, at the Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave, S.E., Washington. Participants include:

- Shana Dale, NASA Deputy Administrator
- Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education
- Sally Ride, Ph.D, President and CEO, Sally Ride Science
- Kathie Olsen, Ph.D, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation
- Patricia Diaz-Dennis, Chair, National Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of the United States of America
- Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, NASA educator astronaut

Media must pre-register by e-mail with Ashley Banister at: by 4 p.m. EDT Friday, May 12.

NASA education efforts contribute to the development of the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce by offering a diverse portfolio of initiatives. Programs target students at all levels, particularly those typically underserved and residing in underrepresented communities.

For information about NASA education programs, visit:

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