High School Students Visit Caltech’s Women in STEM Preview Day

first_img Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Science and Technology High School Students Visit Caltech’s Women in STEM Preview Day By LORI DAJOSE Published on Thursday, August 13, 2015 | 11:08 am More Cool Stuffcenter_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeauty A panel of scientists and engineers from JPL speak to a group of high school students and their families about working in the STEM fields at Caltech’s 4th annual Women in STEM event. Pictured (left to right): Tracy Drain, Sarah Milkovich, Stacey Boland, and Carol Polanskey. Credit: Lance Hayashida/CaltechOn Friday, August 7, 104 female high school seniors and their families visited Caltech for the fourth annual Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Preview Day, hosted by the undergraduate admissions office. The event was designed to explore the accomplishments and continued contributions of Caltech women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).The day opened with a keynote address by Marianne Bronner, the Albert Billings Ruddock Professor of Biology and executive officer for neurobiology. Bronner, who studies the development of the central nervous system, spoke about her experiences in science and at Caltech.“Caltech is an exciting place to be. It’s a place where you can be creative and think outside the box,” she said. “My advice to you would be to try different things, play around, and do what makes you happy.” Bronner ended her address by noting the pleasure she takes in mentoring young scientists, and especially young women. “I was just like you,” she said.Over the course of the day, students and their families attended panels on undergraduate research opportunities and participated in social events where current students shared their experiences of Caltech life. They also listened to presentations from female scientists and engineers of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.“I really love science, and it’s so exciting to be around all of these other people who share that,” says Sydney Feldman, a senior from Maryland. “I switched around my whole summer visit schedule to come to this event and I’m having such a great time.”The annual event began four years ago with the goal of encouraging interest in STEM in high school women and ultimately increasing applications to Caltech by female candidates. In 2009, a U.S. Department of Commerce study showed that women make up 24 percent of the STEM workforce and hold a disproportionately low share of undergraduate degrees in STEM fields.“Women are seriously underrepresented in these fields,” says Caltech admissions counselor and WiSTEM coordinator Abeni Tinubu. “Our event really puts emphasis on how Caltech supports women on campus, and we want to show prospective students that.”This year, the incoming freshman class is a record 47 percent female students. “This is hugely exciting,” says Jarrid Whitney, the executive director of admissions and financial aid. “We’ve been working hard toward our goal of 50 percent women, and it is clearly paying off thanks to the support of President Rosenbaum and the overall Caltech community.”last_img read more

Trail Mix – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Recap!

first_imgFor fourteen years, the third weekend in September has found me celebrating the birth of country music with thousands of my best friends along State Street in Bristol, TN/VA. During that time, I have been incredibly lucky to have been at the epicenter of the booking process for the festival. For a music junkie, helping to craft the line up for such an expansive roots music festival, which covers everything from country and bluegrass to blues and indie rock, is a “pinch me I must be dreaming” kind of experience. A bit over two weeks ago, the downtown area of the two Bristols – the state line separates the twin cities – was crowded with music enthusiasts from across the country. Wandering patrons found bands in every nook and cranny, playing before intimate crowds on a small stage in a local bar or eatery or before thousands on a giant outdoor stage. I cannot overemphasize the worth of the friendships I have made or the pride that I feel in a festival well designed, during my time with the festival. This year, I was lucky enough to have a great photographer, Josh Moore, and his wife, Jody Moore, working with me to grab photos from all across the weekend. Check out the gallery below for just a glimpse into some of the great talent that we had at this year’s Reunion. And if you are looking for something fun to do next September, be sure to check out the festival’s website for upcoming line-ups and ticket announcements. We are already steamrolling towards our 2020 festival – which happens to be our 20th anniversary – and I promise it is going to be a big one. last_img read more