Today’s episode features the Women and Girls in Science Celebration at the Florida Museum of Natural History in the UF Cultural Plaza in Gainesville on Feb. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. The free event features hands-on activities, experiments and a virtual panel discussion about women and science. In 2015, the United Nations selected Feb. 11 as ‘International Women and Girls in Science Day‘ in order to further achieve gender equality and encourage more female participation in science. Over the past decades, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.
Catherine Carey, Education Program Coordinator shares information on the Feb. 13 celebration. Activities will take place in the museum and on the lawn in front of the museum – weather permitting- and the panel discussion will be live-streamed. Carey also shares information on upcoming museum activities and exhibits that will appeal to both children and adults of all ages.
Women and Girls in Science Celebration
Sunday, Feb. 13 | 1 to 4 p.m.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Girls Do Science
Meet local scientists and participate in cool experiments throughout the afternoon!
- Florida Museum Invertebrate Paleontology Collection– Echinoderms arts and crafts, learn about these unique creatures that include sea stars and sand dollars and make one to take home
- Florida Museum Ceramics Tech Lab– Pottery mending, pottery decoration and hands-on exploration of archaeology
- Society for Neuroscience– See preserved sheep brains, try out inversion goggles, build a neuron and take home activities of brain hats
- McGuire Center For Lepidoptera & Biodiversity– Learn about the Museum’s latest research relating to butterflies and moths
- The Soltis Lab of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics– Strawberry DNA extraction
- The Lucky Lab– Learn more about ants
- Florida Museum Mammalogy Collection– Meet Museum researchers that specialize in bats
Women Do Science Panel Presentation: 2-3 p.m.
In this virtual presentation, women share stories of their pathways into science and their incredible adventures along the way. Learn about careers in science from women scientists.
Gabby Salazar, author of “No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice”
Jennifer Adler, conservation photographer and underwater photojournalistMallory Dimmitt, CEO of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition
Moderator: Dr. Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Museum Education in the Department of Natural History at the University of Florida
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