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Annual science conference for young girls inspires

Posted by jeff on May 25th, 2012 and filed under Top stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Participants take part in the “Yeast Crime” activity organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at this years Scientifically Yours conference.

Participants take part in the “Yeast Crime” activity organized by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at this years Scientifically Yours conference.

Earlier this month the Faculty of Mathematics and Science welcomed 80 scientifically-minded grade 11 girls from across Ontario to campus for its 22nd-annual Scientifically Yours conference.

The young women took part in a number of hands-on projects that included exploring laser holography, transferring data by light and measuring brain function.

This year also saw the addition of an ecology project, developed by Liette Vasseur, professor of Biological Sciences and secretary general of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists.

Vasseur guided the girls on a walk along the Bruce Trail and Niagara Escarpment to identify plant species and learn ethno-botanical facts. The group also collected flowers to press and dry for Mother’s Day cards.

The young women also benefitted from interacting with current students and alumni who shared advice and career experiences.

The conference opened with alumna Nancy Doubleday who delivered a plenary talk, entitled “Arctic Ecohealth: Linking Local and Global … with lessons for peace from Dr. Seuss.”

And on the final day of the two-day event, participants attended a dinner with scientific mentors. The mentors - all women in scientific professions - included Brock alumnae Holly Falsetti, Risk Modeling Analyst, TD Bank, and Elly Jenkyns, Naturopathic Doctor, PURE Natural Health & Wellness, along with 13 other women from various science-related professions.

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