Professors Raise Awareness, Aspirations of Women in Science

Story posted May 09, 2007

Several Bowdoin scientists are reaching out to young women in the local community through Cornerstones of Science, a national science initiative of Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. The program connects children and adults to science and technology through public programming, teacher resources, science books and other events.

On Thursday, May 10, 2007, Biology Professor Amy Johnson will share her experiences as a marine biologist with over a dozen teenage girls as part of the program's Women in Science series. The program is designed to help young women raise their aspirations in science by hearing from Maine women scientists and science writers.

Last February, Bowdoin Geology Department Chair Rachel Beane gave a talk about careers in geology as part of that series.

"Geology is a field in which women are not as highly represented in graduate-level studies," says Beane. "So I think it's really important to talk to women about the variety of careers you can have in geology."

The high-schoolers were particularly interested in Beane's photomicrographs of rock sections, which Beane shared. "They are what you see under a polarizing light microscope," said Beane, "and the girls were interested in looking at the textures and colors of the minerals and interpreting them."

Amy Johnson, the James R. & Helen Lee Billingsley Professor of Marine Biology has been conducting long-term research on sea urchin growth at the College's Coastal Studies Center. She will discuss pathways to careers in science and share her experiences in the field and laboratory.

For more information on Cornerstones of Science, contact the Curtis Memorial Library at 207-725-5242.

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