ULM INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences through National Dissemination of the AMS Online Weather Studies Distance Learning Course BY IRA W . GEER, ELIZABETH W . MILLS, JOSEPH M . MORAN, ROBERT S. WEINBECK, WILLIA M A . PORTER, JASPER L. HARRIS, AN D JAMES A . BREY he American Meteorological Society (AMS) Edu- The nation faces a serious challenge in attracting members of racial and ethnic minority groups to sci- cation Program has embarked on a National Sci- ence Foundation-funded initiative aimed at in- ence and science-related careers (including teaching). The number of minorities in the scientific workforce creasing the number of minority undergraduates who are introduced to the atmospheric sciences. The remains well below their overall representation in the nation's population (Jones 2002). While the U.S. Bu- initiative's ultimate goal is to help increase diversity in the nation's scientific workforce by encouraging reau of the Census (2000) reports that about 27% of the U.S. population is African American, Hispanic/ minorities (traditionally underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology) to con- Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, these groups make sider a career in science. One-hundred faculty mem- bers from minority-serving colleges
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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