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. DETAILS: 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