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Shirley Malcom is senior advisor and director of SEA Change at AAAS. In her almost 40 year tenure at the Association she has worked to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM as well as to enhance public science literacy. Dr. Malcom is a trustee of Caltech and regent of Morgan State University. She is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the NSF, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, received her PhD in ecology from Penn State, masters in zoology from UCLA and bachelor’s with distinction in zoology from the University of Washington. She holds 17 honorary degrees.
Malcom serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, National Math-Science Initiative, and Digital Promise. In 2003, Malcom received the Public Welfare Medal of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.