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UWFox to host ‘Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science’ (GEMS) One-day Conference

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Gems Logo The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Affinity Health System, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension/Outagamie County have teamed up to host a one-day event, “Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science” (GEMS). This event is designed for girls in grades six, seven and eight.

GEMS takes place on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at UWFox, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, WI.

“This event aims to provide hands on activities and learning sessions that get young women excited about the possibilities success in math and science can bring,” said Cathy Paynter, director of Continuing Education at UWFox. “Participants will have a chance to engage in fun activities, as well as hear from women who have pursued careers grounded in math and science.”

GEMS features fifteen exciting workshops with activities such as creating a graphic design logo, building a wind meter to test wind currents, practice putting casts on, and making your own lip gloss. There will also be learning sessions on topics such as women’s impact on technology and developing healthy eating habits.

Keynote speaker Dr. Beth A. Johnson, will share her story, highlighting some of the many distinguished women in history who have contributed to furthering engineering, math and science, and will discuss increasing opportunities for young women. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in geology and is an assistant professor of geology at UWFox. Other speakers include:

  • Melissa Koehler, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Affinity Medical Group/St. Elizabeth Hospital;
  • Dr. Ayanna Bernard, Research Scientist;
  • Dr. Teresa Gonya, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, UWFox
  • Carlyn Marrano & Kathryn Clouse, Engineers, Pierce Manufacturing, Inc.

Through October 26, the GEMS registration fee is $25 and includes a keynote presentation, workshops, luncheon, and a chance to win special gifts. From October 27 to October 29, the registration fee is $35. Registrations cannot be accepted after October 29. Information and registration can be found online at http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/conted/gems.html or by calling the UWFox Office of Continuing Education at 920-832-2636.

Posted 10/17/2012