Ocean Institute to host science conference for girls

February 5, 2013 by  

The Ocean Institute will host the Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference in February and March 2013.

These conferences are designed to inspire teens to pursue science degrees and careers. The conference will feature 16 female scientists who are prominent in their field. The instructors will work hands-on with the girls in workshops on board the institute’s research vessel and its labs.

Some of the careers to be experienced by the girls include marine biology and ecology, ocean conservation, animal husbandry, and oceanography.

Presenters include sea otter scientist Darlene Khalafi from the United States Geological Survey; Dr. Rachel Ann Merz, professor of biology at Swarthmore College; Kady Lyons, a shark and stingray biologist and graduate student from Cal State Long Beach; and Pat Peterson Werre, a chemist and vice president of research and development for the Aveda Corporation.

Local printing companies are great resources for educators in the printing of educational materials and instructional pamphlets for conferences. Printed information is easy to carry home and refer to after the event.

The middle-school conference will be held February 9 and the high-school conference will be held March 16, 2013. The $20 cost of the conference includes lunch but reservations are required. The conference will be held from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

The Ocean Institute can be found at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive in Dana Point. For more information, call (949) 496-2274. To find out more about the conferences, call Shanette Grieve at (949) 496-2274 ext. 339.