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iDigBio Postdoc presents to Middle School Science Teachers about STEM

Source: 
http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/news/newsstories/2015/april/shu-brings-esteemed-biologist-to-bridgeport-aquaculture-school-.
Release Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015

 


Photo courtesy of Mike Lauterborn.

iDigBio's Charlotte Germain-Aubrey visited the Aquaculture School at Sacred Heart University to give a talk to two dozen science teachers from Bridgeport Middle School about increasing women in STEM careers. The presentation entitled "Inspiring Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics): The Importance of Immersion and Timing" started by summarizing some of the reasons why women are still underrepresented in STEM fields and why many women who begin careers in science or engineering drop out.

Germain-Aubrey then gave tips for teachers to help encourage their female students to think about STEM fields as career choices. She also talked about the success of her recent WiSE Girlz Spring Science Camp and encouraged Bridgeport to replicate the camp with their students.

Germain-Aubrey is a postdoctoral associate with iDigBio and external vice president of the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program at the University of Florida. Germain-Aubrey works in the Soltis Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History on biodiversity bioinformatics, phylogenetics, biogeography, population genetics, and niche modeling.

To learn more about the presentation read the original press release.