Monday, February 19, 2007

Our Westchester Branch Is Getting Ready to Expand Horizons!

Westchester AAUW branch member Wilma Gitchel has sent me a note about the fourth annual AAUW-Expanding Your Horizons (tm) Conference for Seventh Grade Girls which we co-sponsor with the New York City branch:

On Saturday, March 10, 150 young women, and numerous scientists, parents, educators and volunteers will converge at Barnard College for a fun day of hands-on workshops and networking. This may well be the girls' first experience on a college campus, and their first chance to meet, face-to-face, real-live women who are working in the fields of math, engineering, science and technology. We expect eyes and minds will be opened.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Ray Ann DePrisco Havasy, who has been a scientist and an educator for over 15 years. She received her bachelor's degrees from Connecticut College and Davis and Elkins College and her masters and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. Beginning her career as zoologist, Dr. Havasy turned her attention to education when she realized that students enjoyed investigating science. Her educational research focuses on inquiry and informal science education and their connections to student achievement and motivation. Dr. Havasy's community work extends to the development of not-for profit organizations such as a civil legal assistance organization. She works to help other community based organizations design strategies for fund development and programming.

She is President of The Center for Science and Teaching and Learning (CSTL ), dedicated to engaging people in science learning. CSTL hosts science competitions and science camps, conducts professional development for educators, and develops science research programs for students. As a part of her expertise and interest in dinosaurs, she worked with Steven Speilberg in developing the film Jurassic Park. In 1993, she helped create "The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park", one of the most successful traveling exhibitions in the United States. Proceeds from this exhibition fund research worldwide.

Thanks for the information, Wilma. It sounds like it'll be another great conference!

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