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Dow Chemical and SVSU announce science partnership

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(10/25/13) - A new partnership could lead to jobs for people who decide on careers in science, technology and engineering. The chairman of Dow Chemical says his company is struggling to find employees with that training. So now - Dow is turning to a local university to help fill that need.

That's why Andrew Liveris was on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University Friday afternoon.

Liveris is a firm believer that what's good for Dow Chemical is good for the country. He says if Dow finds better candidates to fill positions in chemistry and biology-related fields, the U.S. economy will also benefit.

That was the message in Liveris keynote speech at SVSU, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. The university invited him to an economic summit to talk about how Dow is doing financially and what that means for the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Liveris says Dow is much stronger since the economy began its turn around, but things would be even better if the company can identify and hire high-quality researchers. Toward that end, Liveris announced a partnership with SVSU called the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center. It's designed to get educators and students excited about science, technology and engineering.

"I grew up in a generation where putting a man on the moon inspired a whole generation of young people to put rockets in their backyards and start shooting rockets off. There were chemistry set and the imagination of chemistry. We've go to get young kids to fall in love with the notion again. The science and chemistry field is fun and inspirational," Liveris said.

"We have to build some excitement back into this. We are losing too much talent. They get turned off on math and science too early. We're in the business of preparing teachers. That's part of our mission and we need to do a better job of that to excite teachers with these disciplines," said Eric Gilbertson, president of SVSU.

There could be a mobile lab at SVSU for educators and students to use by next summer.

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