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Media Advisory 06-032

When Jobs in the Nation Change, So Do the Jobs of the Scientist

NSF director holds workforce forum with Rice University students

November 9, 2006

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Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr., the National Science Foundation director, meets with Rice University students tonight to discuss how the role of the scientist shifts in an ever-changing job market. The world is experiencing a tectonic economic shift in which an increasing number of jobs require some understanding of science and technology, and today, industries hungry for science and technology workers compete with each other for talent. When the nature of everyone else's job changes, so do the jobs of the scientist and engineer.

This event is being webcast live November 9, 2006, from Baker Hall on the campus of Rice University. The webcast will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time and can be viewed at:


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