President of the Center for Excellence in Education is the 2009 Monfort Professor-in-Residence at Colorado State University March 26

The president of the Center for Excellence in Education will speak at Colorado State University March 26 as this year’s Monfort Professor-In-Residence.

Joann DiGennaro will speak 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.  The title of the lecture is "China, India and the U.S. – Factors that affect Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM)." A reception will immediately follow in the LSC West Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

DiGennaro established the Center for Excellence in Education in 1983 with Admiral H.G. Rickover to ensure that the United States maintained its global competitiveness in science and technology and to promote international understanding among future scientific leaders. The Center sponsors the Research Science Institute and the U.S. Biology Olympiad for accelerated students.  

Through the Center, DiGennaro has facilitated the international exchange of math and science students and faculty between the Center and China, India, Vietnam and several Eastern European and African countries.

DiGennaro also developed the Role Models and Leaders Project to provide opportunities for minority and disadvantaged youth in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C., to pursue successful studies in science and technology.  

Since 1984, DiGennaro has served as a consultant to nations concerning educational programming for advanced students to become future leaders in science and technology.  She advised the Ministry of Education in Singapore to implement special programs for academically advanced math and science students.  She also founded Bulgaria’s Research Science Institute in 2001.  She has served as a consultant for Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.  

In 2006, DiGennaro negotiated with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement the Research Science Institute at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  This was the first approved U.S. non-governmental organization to sponsor secondary school programming at a Chinese university.  The Center will inaugurate the Institute in India in 2010 with the IIT in Chennai and a consortium of PSBB secondary schools.

The White House and NASA appointed DiGennaro a board member of the NASA Advisory Council, which was responsible to the NASA Administrator, Mike Griffin.  She served from 2006 to 2008.  In 2008, NASA awarded her the Exceptional Public Service Medal.  

DiGennaro has also served on the board of governors for the Coordinating Council for International Universities since 2005.  In 2007, she was recognized by U.S. Congress for education, science and technology programming between the United States and other nations.  Also in 2007, she received a Recognition Award for Philanthropy, presented by the Government of Bulgaria.

DiGennaro is a member of the American Bar Association, Who’s Who of American Women and the Advisory Board for Educational Projects at Siemens Corp.  She has served as the first woman chairperson of the U.S. Army War College, a Presidential nomination.

DiGennaro co-authored a booked published in 1993 titled, "Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students," with Mark Kantrowitz.  In 2005, she published "Science Literacy: Essential for Decision-Making" as a Research Affiliate at Harvard.

The Monfort Professor-In-Residence program brings accomplished leaders from business, government and the arts to campus to interact with students and enrich their learning experiences. Some of the leaders who have visited CSU include Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society; Carl Williams, civil rights attorney; Robert Fornaro, president, AirTran Airways; and Kent Rominger, former NASA space shuttle commander and vice president of Advanced Programs, ATK Launch Systems.

For more information, please contact CSU Events at (970) 491-4601.