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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Science, technology, engineering and math are fields vital to the ongoing success and prosperity of our country.  Not to mention individuals who work in these fields are often times more financially stable and have a better chance of retaining stability in the face of national or global times of economic hardship.  However, despite all of this, job vacancies in STEM fields go unfilled every year in our country. Making sure these careers are being considered and pursued by our young people should be a national priority.  

Throughout time our country has made remarkable advancements in the STEM fields and we have many women scientists to thank for their significant contributions along the way.  However, today women only account for a small percentage of the STEM workforce in this country.   

Last month President Trump signed the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, a bill that directs NASA to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. As a father to a 13 year-old daughter, I was proud to cosponsor this legislation.

Like many of our young people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, my daughter has had the privilege of growing up with Stennis Space Center in her backyard.  Whether it’s watching an engine test or visiting the INFINITY Space Museum, she’s enjoyed the educational and interactive opportunities.  The goal of the INSPIRE Act is to expose the world of science, technology, engineering and math to young women across our nation and pave the way for them to pursue and have successful careers in the STEM fields.

See more from my Sun Herald piece here

My daughter, Aubrey, with female astronaut Jeanette Epps at Stennis Space Center.

Aubrey testing out a future work uniform at the Infinity Science Center! 

Homes of Hope

Last week I  attended the 2nd Annual Si Robertson Sporting Clay Shoot benefiting Homes of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support for children in need. I was proud to take part in this event serving an extraordinary cause. Our young people are the future, and it’s our job to invest in them now so they can grow into successful adults and members of society.

Unfortunately, many children are faced with poor circumstances at home that are out of their control. Homes of Hope not only gives those children a home, but also provides them with the loving, nurturing environment they need and deserve. I truly commend them for the work they are doing and also Si Robertson for traveling to Mississippi each year and supporting this worthy cause.

Me and Uncle Si! 

At the 2nd Annual Si Robertson Sporting Clay Shoot.

Happy Birthday Mississippi

On Friday Mississippians came together to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mississippi becoming the 20th state. Mississippi became the 20th state in the Union on December 10, 1817, and was known as the Magnolia State. Over the course of our statehood we have had good times and bad times but I believe our best days are still ahead of us. 

Hail State

This weekend the Mississippi State University Lady Bulldogs made it to the NCAA National Championship game! On Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs ended the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies 111-game winning streak on a nail-biting buzzer beater. I'd like to congratulate Ameshya Williams from West Harrison, Jazzmun Holmes from Harrison Central, and the rest of the Lady Bulldogs on a unforgettably historical season!
The shot that was heard around the world, when Morgan Williams sunk a buzzer-beater to defeat UConn.  

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In your service, 

Steven M. Palazzo

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