Doe Run CEO Emphasizes Important Role Earth Science Plays in Natural Resources Industry
Science is a discipline key to the success of The Doe Run Company, a global provider of metals and services. That's why the company donates its time, dollars and expertise to encourage science education. It's also why Bruce Neil, president and chief executive officer, recently encouraged educators to inspire their students to embrace lifelong learning.
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 6, 2007
Science is a discipline key to the success of The Doe Run Company, a global provider of metals and services.
That's why the company donates its time, dollars and expertise to encourage science education. It's also why Bruce Neil, president and chief executive officer, recently encouraged educators to inspire their students to embrace lifelong learning.
Neil was speaking July 26 to K-8 educators who traveled from across the state to attend the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation's (http://www. mmef. org/) eighth annual workshop at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. In addition to stressing the importance of earth science, Neil emphasized Doe Run's commitment to sharing its collective knowledge with teachers and students.
"There's a need in this country for increased aptitude in the sciences, so I was honored to be invited by the foundation to speak with teachers who are making science come alive for Missouri students," Neil said. "It's vital to the future success of Doe Run to support events like this, which serve as valuable resources for educators who are preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers."
While earth science is essential for understanding how the world works, it's certainly a subject that needs more attention, he explained to workshop participants.
Among 15-year-old students, the United States ranks 24th in science literacy, and the country ranks 20th in the number of 24-year-olds who earn degrees in natural science or engineering, according to a report published May 22, 2006, by the Congressional Research Service.
Furthermore, No Child Left Behind will expand next year to include science assessments, so teachers and administrators can get the data they need to help students improve science skills and better prepare for college and the work force.
During Neil's workshop presentation, "Learning for a Lifetime," he noted how Doe Run delivers information to students and teachers and actively communicates the importance of earth science, including a comprehensive Minerals Education program involving more than two dozen employees, regular educational tours and student-work programs.
"Teachers impart the knowledge and inspiration necessary to drive our future geologists, engineers, environmentalists and marketers," Neil said. "Providing teachers and their students with hands-on learning experiences supports Doe Run's commitment to a lifetime of learning and helps ensure a competitive work force."
The annual Missouri Minerals Education Foundation workshop includes hands-on activities and presenters from the mining industry, government agencies and educational organizations. Hundreds of participating teachers from throughout the state get curriculum ideas for mineral and rock identification, environmental initiatives and everyday uses for minerals. For more information, visit www. mmef. org.
In addition to its involvement in the workshop, Doe Run's Minerals Education Team travels to dozens of Missouri schools each year to lead hands-on experiments and student activities, ranging from creating crystals and identifying minerals to making toothpaste creations and mining chocolate chip cookies. To learn more about Doe Run's Minerals Education efforts, e-mail mineralseducation@doerun. com.
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates the world's largest, single-site lead recycling facility, located in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www. doerun. com.