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Mount Hosting Math and Science Career Conference for Girls

March 23, 2005 -- Dozens of middle school girls in Los Angeles will attend a conference at the Mount on Saturday, April 23 to learn about math and science by studying real-life scenarios from crime scene investigation to satellites in outer space.

Math/Science Interchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science and math education for girls, will be holding their 26th annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Career Conference at the College's Doheny Campus. The conference is organized by women working in math and science research and education at institutions including the RAND Corporation, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Cal State Northridge, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and Loyola Marymount University.

Dr. Theresa Lynn, coordinator of the California High School Cosmic Ray Observatory (CHICOS) Project, will be presenting the keynote address, “Cosmic Rays, Cosmic Mysteries.” The CHICOS Project is a collaboration of Caltech, CSU Northridge, UC Irvine, and Los Angeles area schools that studies ultra-high energy cosmic rays with an array of detectors distributed over the Los Angeles area.

Twenty-five Los Angeles area women who work in math- and science-related careers will present hands-on workshops for conference participants. Girls in grades 5 to 8 can choose from many workshops in such fields as veterinary medicine, civil engineering, theoretical physics, and chemistry. A separate program for parents, teachers, and counselors includes workshops on how to nurture prospective young scientists and how
to obtain financial aid for college expenses. Registration forms are available from the conference Website at:

Women and minorities are typically underrepresented in the fields of math, science, and engineering. Girls often lose interest in and stop taking math and science courses earlier than boys. The long-term result of this decision is that girls have fewer career options available to them. The Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics Career Conference seeks to encourage young women’s interest in math and science and to keep their career options open.

Event information: Carol Fan, 310-393-0411, Ext. 6271.

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