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Eleanor Babco is trained as a chemist, and has spent the past 35 years focusing her professional attention on education and employment data about scientists and engineers. She serves as Executive Director of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology (CPST), a non-profit organization associated with AAAS. She is a national expert on data about scientists, including the participation of women and minorities.

Yolanda S. George is Deputy Director and Program Director for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her responsibilities include conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and planning multi-year projects and studies related to increasing the participation of minorities, women, and disabled persons in science and engineering. These initiatives and studies focus on colleges and universities, state departments of education, school districts, and community-based organizations including youth-serving organizations, churches, science museums, zoos, and libraries.

Previously, Ms. George served as Director of Development for the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Director of a pre-college, university retention, and pre-graduate school program at the University of California, Berkeley. As a laboratory biologist, she worked with a biophysics group involved in cell cycle studies using the flow cytometer and the cell sorter.

Ms. George serves as a consultant to numerous federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations, and colleges and universities including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New Jersey State Department of Education, and the Louisiana State Department of Education. She serves on several advisory boards including the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN), Education Taskforce for the Chemical Manufacturing Association, Girls, Inc. Eureka Project, Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP), and WGBH Instrumental Television Science Project, among others.

Shirley M. Malcom is Head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Dr. Malcom was head of the AAAS Office of Opportunities in Science from 1979 to 1989. Between 1977 and 1979, she served as program officer in the Science Education Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to this, she held the rank of assistant professor of biology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Other work experience includes two years as a high school science teacher.

Dr. Malcom received her doctorate in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, her master's degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her bachelor's degree with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. In addition, she holds seven honorary degrees.

Dr. Malcom serves on several boards, including the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. She serves as a trustee of Adelphi University and as a Regent of Morgan State University. In addition, she has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers, and literacy. In 1995 Dr. Malcom was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has also previously served as a member of the National Science Board.

Jolene Kay Jesse is a Senior Program Associate in the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR). Her primary charge is to research issues in science, math, engineering and technology education and policy, with special emphasis on the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in these fields. Her research interests include ethnic and racial stratification, population and economic development, the political and economic integration of immigrants, poverty and social policy, and gender issues in politics, economics, and education. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.A. from the American University in Washington, DC.

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