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University of Maryland Baltimore-County president, students discuss STEM at U.S. News conference

stem-conference-educationWashington, DC — When journalist Judy Woodruff was in college, she wanted to be a mathematician, but a professor discouraged her from pursuing math as a career.

“He thought women had no place in advanced mathematics,” Woodruff recalled during the opening keynote of U.S. News and World Report‘s STEM SOLUTIONS conference Wednesday.

She instead studied political science, a move that worked in her favor, leading her to one day co-anchor PBS Newshour. But the sting of his dismissal remains, and she wonders how many other young women have been told the same thing.…Read More