Women in Science conference is Feb. 18-19


UNL's 13th-annual Women in Science Conference is set for Feb. 18-19 at the Holiday Inn Downtown-Lincoln, 141 N. Ninth St. The event is designed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

The conference will feature workshops, panel discussions and tours of UNL's George W. Beadle Center and St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center to give high school students a chance to see what a career in science offers. At St. Elizabeth's, for example, conference participants could try their hand at using the surgical robot, tour the burn unit and learn about the CyberKnife.

UNL science faculty, science majors and women in science fields will be available to share their experiences with students over the two-day event, which is sponsored by Nebraska's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and UNL's Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.

This year's keynote speaker is Terri R. Norton, assistant professor in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. Her research interests include energy efficient and sustainable construction and the effects that natural hazards have on civil structures. Among other current projects, she leads a grant-funded project with the Kiewit Building Group and facilities management personnel from the city of Omaha to perform energy assessment of city facilities.

Interested students have until Feb. 1 to register through a teacher or school counselor. Registration is capped at 100. Organizers encourage participation among sophomore and junior girls interested in science. Any high school student is welcome to apply. For more details visit http://go.unl.edu/wis, check out "UNL Women in Science Conference" on Facebook or call (402) 472-8965.

- Jean Ortiz Jones, University Communications

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/wis