Dow Chemical is a big supporter of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Jerome
Peribere, president and chief executive officer, Dow Advanced Materials,
presented a check to organizers for the 2013 event. Pictured (l-r): Derrick
Pitts, chief astronomer/planetarium director, The Franklin Institute; The Philly
Phanatic, the Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter;
Marsha R. Perelman, board chair, The Franklin Institute; Jerome Peribere,
president and chief executive officer, Dow Advanced Materials.
appointed senior director for corporate citizenship, STEM.
“A highly science-literate and sustainable talent pool is vital
to advanced manufacturing and to Dow,” said Heath.“The US has
held a leadership in manufacturing and technology in the past,
but unless students receive core fundamentals in science, engineering and advanced skills, it will be difficult to restore the US
STEM is the second fastest growing occupational group, second
only to healthcare, and contributes roughly half of all US growth.
Heath noted that of those working in STEM fields only 5% are
African American and Latino and only 24% are women. One
area of focus is to increase the interest among under-represented
To reach them and other students, Melissa Johnson, se-
nior research and development leader, Dow Home & Personal
Care, recently attended a Science Festival in the Philadelphia
area that attracted more than 10,000 people. Johnson and other
volunteers conducted experiments to show students how sun-
screens work and the importance of rheology.