Women in Science Topic of April 28 Event

Apr 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from National Academies of Science

    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- What would it be like to build the
 first robot that could interact with people? Or to study human remains in
 search of criminal evidence? In Women's Adventures in Science, readers will
 learn about the trailblazing women who are leaders in a variety of
 scientific fields, from robotics to forensics. Each book focuses on the
 life and work of a woman active in her field today, providing readers with
 insights into the personal and professional paths that led to their careers
 in science. The companion Web site, http://www.iwaswondering.org, offers
 another way to "meet" these inspiring women scientists. The fun,
 interactive site builds on the content of the books and includes games,
 comic strips, videos, activities, and a timeline of women in science.
     Women's Adventures in Science is part of a larger outreach initiative
 of The National Academies of Science to promote science to young girls at
 the most fundamental level. Passion. Drive. Persistence. One story at a
 time, the Women's Adventures in Science series aims to inspire in young
 girls the confidence, interest, and enthusiasm to explore the exciting
 world of science.
     The event will take place at the National Academies building, 2100 C
 St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
     Public briefing: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT in the Lecture Hall.
     Introductory remarks will be given by RITA COLWELL, former director of
 the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va. Participants include four
 scientists who are in the series:
      * CYNTHIA BREAZEAL, robot designer, Massachusetts Institute of
        Technology, Cambridge
      * DIANE FRANCE, forensic anthropologist and president, NecroSearch
        International, Fort Collins, Colo.
      * HEIDI HAMMEL, planetary astronomer and senior research scientist, Space
        Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.
      * ADRIANA OCAMPO, planetary geologist, NASA, Washington, D.C.
     Interactive demonstrations: approximately 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
 Great Hall.

SOURCE National Academies of Science