MYSTIC AQUARIUM’S 2ND ANNUAL WOMEN IN SCIENCE DAY A GREAT SUCCESS
Event Supported by the Petit Family Foundation
Mystic, Conn. (August 10, 2016): While animals are generally the focal point at Mystic Aquarium, today it was the 30 plus “Women in Science” who stole the show. Scientists, researchers and animal care professionals as well as women of achievement from the local scientific community showcased the amazing work they do in the name of science. Tables were set-up on the Aquarium’s main floor allowing each scientist to share information and host hands-on activities related to her work.
“The goal is to allow children of all ages to talk to our scientists and explore different career options in a variety of scientific fields,” said Kelly Matis, Vice President of Education and Conservation. “It is at the core of our mission to engage students and in this case hopefully young women with an interest in the Sciences.”
The event was funded by a generous grant from the Petit Family Foundation.
Participants from Mystic Aquarium included Dr. Allison Tuttle, Dr. Tracy Romano, Dr. Jen Flower, Dr. Laura Thompson, Tori Davis, Haley Pratt, Kate McElroy, Barb Mangold, Dawn Brown, Stephanie Shannon, Melissa Kowalsky, Loren Conlan, Dr. Melissa Joblon, Dr. Maureen Driscoll, Sarah Callan, Chrissy Metzger and Gayle Sirpenski.
Presenting women scientists from our local community included University of Connecticut at Avery Point, Connecticut Sea Grant/University of Connecticut Extension, Sacred Heart University, Yale University Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering, PFIZER, INC., University of Rhode Island and University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch Program.
“By joining us for Women in Science, kids will not only learn more about the careers themselves,” added Matis, “but also about the pathways these professional woman took to get where they are today. And more importantly, see the real world impact their work is having in the field.”
The event was open to the public and free with regular admission.