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Conference for Girls:Science

dkatz at earth.doane.edu dkatz at earth.doane.edu
Tue Dec 14 17:29:28 EST 1993

I am posting this as an announcement, with the hope that we might get some
responses in our region:
Attention: If you are a woman whose profession utilizes math or science, we
need your help.  The Nebraska Math and Science Network, in conjunction with the
Nebraska Math and Science Initiative, is sponsoring a half day conference,
EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS for Junior High/Middle School girls (grades 7-9). 
Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE) and Dana jCollege (Blair, NE) are
hosting an exciting conference especially designed to motivat young women to
investigate mathematics, science, technology and engineering as career choices. 
The half-day, morning, conference will be held on Thursday, March 24, 1994 at
Nebraska Wesleyan, and Tuesday, March 29, at Dana College.   This conference is
one of many projects designated by the Math/Science Network located in
Berkeley, Ca.  Since 1974, the Network has been implementing nationwide
programs for girls and women.  The Math/Science Network is a nonprofit
membership organization of educators, scientists, mathematicians, parents,
community leaders, and government and corporate representatives.  Expanding
Your Horizons conferences have served over 200,000 6-12 grade girls nationwide
since 1979, providing opportunities for girls to learn about careers from role
models and hands-on experiences.  Expanding Your Horizons came to Nebraska in
1991, and the interest has been overwhelming.  The need for more conference
sites was demonstrated in 1992 with 1,000 girls attending the conference at
Nebraska Wesleyan University, but over 1200 were unable to attend because of
space limitations.  Thus, the 1993 conference was hosted at two sites, Dana
College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where approximately 1800 girls
and their sponsors were served.  There will be 120 women donating their morning
at each conference as career panelists or workshop presenters.  We expect
approximately 900 girls as participants at each site in the 1994 program and
approximatley 100 adults (sponsors and teachers and parents) will attend.  The
main speaker for the conference will be Cindy Upton, a materials science rocket
specialist from NASA.   
We are seeking women from Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding communities to serve
as role models, either as career panelists or workshop presenters.  Career
panelists will speak about their chosen field or profession with fifteen girls
in three sessions. Work shop presenters will provide a 'hands-on' fifty minute
sessions for three groups of girls fifteen girls per group- which will allow
the girls a chance to use maty or science in an applied situation.  Classroom
or lab space and equipment will be provided as needed.  Please contact any of
the following network members for more information.  We would welcome your
inquiries and responses.  Thank you for your consideration.
Maria A. Dean, 402  472-6908, mdean at unlinfo.unl.edu
Densie George, 402 465-2263, adg at nebrwesleyan.edu
Kay Ferguson, 402 426-7279, kferguson at dana.edu
Carol Sudduth, 402  426-7280, csudduth at dana.edu
Thank you. 

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