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Conference to offer tips for STEM media coverage

October 6, 2015

IUPUI professors and administrators engaged in promoting diversity within STEM degree programs and workplaces should mark their calendars and register for the third annual Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence conference.

The Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence, based on campus, will host its annual conference on success Oct. 24-25 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West hotel in Indianapolis.

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Jamaal Abdul-Alim

More than 300 STEM faculty, administrators and students from across the country are expected to attend the two-day conference. Special guest speakers for the event, themed "Accelerating Diversity along the STEM Pipeline," include award-winning reporter Jamaal Abdul-Alim, a frequent writer for "Diverse Issues in Higher Education."

Abdul-Alim will deliver the conference's keynote lunch address, "How to Make the Most of Media Exposure: Getting Your Stories Told and Voices Heard" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 24.

"Jamaal has a deep understanding about the communication issues that challenge STEM faculty and higher-education administrators," said Kim S. Nguyen, co-principal investigator for the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence. "He will offer practical tips and insights on how university administrators can reach out to reporters in order to ensure fair and accurate coverage of the topics and issues of concern to the future of America’s higher-education enterprise."

The conference also will showcase STEM research by more than 80 underrepresented minority students from across the country, including three IUPUI undergraduate researchers.

Senior Sarah Scott, junior Morrent Thang, and senior Kimberly Ho-A-Lim, all School of Science students, will present research projects during the poster session.

Registration for the opening day of the conference, including the luncheon, is $100. Conference registration is $200 for both days through Oct. 15. The cost is $300 for registration on Oct. 16 or later.

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