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Women in science topic of April 28 event

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies Press will launch a new paperback series for young students about some of today's outstanding women scientists, called "Women's Adventures in Science," along with a related web site at an April 28 public event for local middle school students. The event is designed to raise awareness about the contributions of women scientists today and to encourage girls to pursue careers in science and technology. It will feature a public briefing about the need to encourage girls to study these fields, as well as hands-on sessions where scientists from the series will lead students in demonstrations related to their work.


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 Members Room.

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.

REPORTERS: REGISTER TO ATTEND by contacting the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail The new web site for the series is


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