Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Kaufman Statement on Delaware Recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Teaching and Mentoring

July 10, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DE) released the following statement after the announcement of this year's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering teaching and mentoring recipients from Delaware -- JoAnne Deshon, Karen Fredericks and Patricia DeLeon.

 "At a time when science, math and engineering are so vital to America's future as a world leader, the Presidential Awards are an important opportunity to recognize the outstanding teachers and mentors who are helping to prepare the nation's youth in these fields," said Sen. Kaufman. "Thanks to the inspiring leadership of these three women, Delaware will continue to steer a diverse group of students to these fields for years to come and help maintain the state's reputation as one of the most innovative in the country."

As the only serving U.S. Senator who was a working engineer, Sen. Kaufman has passionately advocated for a renewed emphasis on science and innovation to meet the increasing challenges of a competitive global economy. He recently sponsored the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics "STEM" Education Coordination Act to establish a committee to coordinate the efforts of federal STEM education programs. His support of the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act earlier this year will also provide more service opportunities for engineers and scientists to help inspire a new generation of science and technology students.

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