Shirley Malcom, director of education and human resource programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and member of the President's Committee of Advisers on Science and Technology, Washington, D.C.

Fostering science education and diversifying the talent pool of researchers and engineers are Shirley Malcom's main goals at AAAS. As a leader in science, she has advocated greater access to science by all people, especially encouraging broader public appreciation of science-why we need it and why we must support it.

Malcom began her career as a high school science teacher. But her programs at AAAS target a wide spectrum of the student population, from the pre-kindergarten to post-graduate levels. She says her central goal is to maintain the technical capability of the U.S. She believes the nation must keep a steady flow of people who are "both able and prepared to perform the best science possible." About THE SCIENTIST...

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