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Women in Technology and Science program is March 16

LANCASTER, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2007) -- Young women are encouraged to "be whatever they want to be," yet how many of them have opportunities to explore careers?

An anticipated 200 young women from Fairfield and Pickaway counties will explore careers in science and technology during "Women in Technology and Science" at Ohio University Lancaster Campus March 16.

The middle schoolers and their teachers will spend the day learning about careers in architecture, aviation and air traffic control, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, mathematics, mortuary science, pharmacy, police science, medical technology, and veterinary medicine.  They will view x-rays and examine a cat and a dog, don lab coats and look at specimens under microscopes, conduct experiments, learn about the stress and excitement of air traffic control, and build towers.                                                                   

Staff from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will discuss careers in animal science and opportunities at the Zoo during their keynote address.

According to Jane Johnsen, chair of the WITS Committee, the day of career exploration, offered since 1992, is an outreach effort.  "It's important that we socialize young women to careers not typically chosen by women, and to offer them opportunities to explore these careers and spend time with mentors," Johnsen added. 

Each participating school selects young women to participate in Women in Technology and Science.  The day-long event, which includes lunch, is offered at no charge to students and teachers, and is sponsored by the Lancaster Campus, Fairfield Medical Center, Heart of Ohio Tech Prep Consortium and Kroger.

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