Women in Science Day 2013!

Photos by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Northwest AmeriCorps Members Lauren McKenna and Nicole Poletto

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

~ Rosalind Franklin

Celebrate not only science careers, but WOMEN in Science, too!

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During what was supposed to be an icy day turned gloriously sunny, 38 local women scientists, parents and middle and high school girls got together on March 23rd at Glen Otto Park near Beaver Creek (area 6) to discuss what it means to be a “woman in science”.  All of these wonderful young ladies (and one AWESOME dad!) also planted 300 native trees and shrubs, like native roses and red alders, along the creek!

Some of the young women came to the event very nervous about “what they will be when they grow up”.  One girl said that she said that talking with the mentors helped her confirm that she was already on the right track and did not have to decide right now what the rest of her life will look like.  Many mentors offered advice on specific programs, schools and paths to pursue a specific career, but most of the advice was to “go toward your passions!”  Whether that is genetics or studying plants, find what you love, what your gifts are and what the world needs.  You are all inspiring women who we know will change the world for the better!

(click on the images below to view them larger)

Thank you to our fabulous mentors:

Heather Brunelle: Environmental Scientist at Kennedy Jenks
Charlotte Berghoffer: Project Manager of Environmental Services at Terracon
Carmen Owens: Environmental Engineer at Apex
Anna Osborn: B.S. in Environmental Science Creighton University, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest/AmeriCoprs Volunteer at Bienestar 
Jessica Keys: NOAA
Shannon Mahar: Portland General Electric
Julie DiLeone: East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Tammie Connolly: Water Resources Engineer at Otak
Katie Meckes: East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Elizabeth Anderson: Chemistry and Physics major at Portland State University
Rosemary Furfey: Salmon Recovery Coordinator, Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service 
Kristine Hopkins: Environmental Science major at Portland State University 
and to our generous donors:
Thank you Starbucks Troutdale for the hot cocoa and coffee, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Nicholas Restaurant (Gresham) for the pita and hummus!

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