Harvard physics prof gives keynote at Women in Science and Engineering event

Mara Prentiss

Mara Prentiss

Mara Prentiss, professor of Physics at Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker at the 17th annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop and STEM Lecture Series at Youngstown State University.

Prentiss will speak at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus as part of the WISE Career Workshop, open to all middle and high school girls from Mahoning and Trumbull counties and western Pennsylvania. She will discuss her career and talk about various careers available in physics today.

She also will speak at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Lecture Series. The lecture is open to the public. The lecture is titled “How Small Things Construct Themselves: Insights Into the Physics of Life.” The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

WISE, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in YSU’s Kilcawley Center, is designed to expose young women in grades six through 12 to career opportunities in science and technology. Panel discussions featuring area women in various careers will be held during the morning, followed in the afternoon by hands-on activities and lab demonstrations on such topics as biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering, forensics and physical therapy. Students will attend two workshops and two demonstrations of their choice. Parents can receive college planning and financial aid information and take campus tours while their daughters participate in the workshop.

Registration deadline is April 22. The workshop and lunch are free to all students. For more information and to register, visit www.ysu.edu/WIS. For more information or to receive a registration form in the mail, contact Diana Fagan, professor of Biological Sciences and director of WISE, at 330-941-1554 or dlfagan@ysu.edu.

WISE and the STEM Lecture Series are supported by a donation from the Edward W. Powers Foundation.