Biology professor visits Chihuahua

Dr. Karen Lips in Chihuahua

The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez hosted the visit of Dr. Karen Lips to Ciudad Juarez and the city of Chihuahua.

While in the border region, Dr. Lips met with representatives from the International Boundary and Water Commission and the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission and met a group of young women, who are participants in the Consulate’s ChicasSTEM program.

In a meeting with academics at the EducationUSA Advising Center in Ciudad Juarez she discussed ways to generate increased public interest in science topics and stressed the importance of promoting higher education in STEM fields.

During her stay in the city of Chihuahua, she visited the Chihuahua Autonomous University and had an opportunity to share experiences and advice with students and researchers on science related topics and to discuss the importance of greater media coverage of STEM research.

At a meeting with international relations students she also discussed science diplomacy and how collaboration among scientific communities helps build partnerships, increase common knowledge, and advance both science and good relations.

Dr. Karen Lips is Professor of Biology and Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She currently serves as an advisor in the Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Office of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy on issues related to environmental science, sustainable development, emerging infectious diseases, STEM education, and women in STEM.