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AAUW hosts math science breakfast for local students

FALLBROOK – Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) made up the menu for the annual Math Science Breakfast arranged by the Fallbrook Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for seventh and eighth grade girls. National AAUW studies have revealed that women are still underrepresented in STEM fields. Chaired by member Janie Kent, the event is designed to inspire and encourage young women in the studies needed to become a member of the STEM community.

Ten girls from local public and private schools were selected by teachers who deemed them to be good candidates. The girls were accompanied by parent(s) and were seated with a mentor whose career required focus on math and science.

The featured speaker for the breakfast was Karen Buxbaum, PhD, who spoke to the group about her early interest in science and how it led her to the field of planetary science. Currently Buxbaum is employed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena as Mars Program Planetary Protection Manager.

Earth is not the only planet requiring protection from microbes and other foreign matter as man probes from Earth to Mars. After a brief explanation of her job, Buxbaum directed her address to the girls, to be inspired and empowered to become anything they dream of.

The women mentors invited to attend represented various careers in veterinary science, dentistry, nursing and accounting. Each spoke about what she does in her job and the path that took her there.

AAUW’s objective is equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Those interested in learning more about membership may contact Membership chair, Dianne Gill at (760) 414-1957.


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