New "Science Without Boundaries" Web
Site By Jim De
May 4, 2001
WASHINGTON, May 4--Starting today, children around the
country and the world can visit a new web site to see why science knows no
boundaries, Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman said today.
The site highlights work by USDA scientists who search overseas for natural
controls to weed and insect pests, as alternatives to pesticides. To get their
jobs done, some scientists rode elephants, coped with leeches, and watched out
for tigers and rhinos, all the while meeting and working closely with people
from vastly different cultures.
USDA's Agricultural Research
Service developed the web site in recognition of "Global Science and
Technology Week" (GSTW), May 6-12. The "Science Knows No Boundaries" web site
is designed for children about 8 to 13 years old, but has links to more
advanced material. Links to Spanish and English versions of the site can be
"Global Science and Technology Week highlights the importance of
science education for our children," Veneman said. "Providing young people with
access to high quality math and science education is an excellent way to
prepare America's workforce for the future."
That's why USDA and many other public and private groups around
the country have joined to celebrate Global Science and Technology Week. GSTW
is being coordinated through the Office of
Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President, and
the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State.
GSTW will also highlight the importance of science education in
preparing today's students for tomorrow's discoveries for helping resolve
global issues such as poverty, disease, food supplies, environmental
degradation and sustainable use of natural resources. The official home page
for all GSTW outreach activities is:
The new ARS web offerings are parts of the agency's extensive,
award-winning "Science for Kids"
and "Ciencia Para
Niños" web sites. The sites present dozens of stories and features
showing kids how the agricultural sciences connect to everyday life. Included
are sections on science careers and science fair projects.
Contact: Jim De Quattro, ARS
Information Staff, Beltsville, Md.,
phone (301) 504-1626, fax (301) 504-1641,