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Hundreds attend forum by GI Zonta on women in science

Sat, Jan 12th 2019 07:00 am

A large crowd, mostly young women and girls, attended a forum on women in science and mathematics presented by the Grand Island Zonta Club Wednesday evening at Grand Island High School.

Girls in the Grand Island School District and their parents met women in the sciences, who described their career paths and gave advice to budding scientists.

Dr. Stacey Watt (pictured above) assembled the panel to honor the memory of Amelia Earhart, a famous air pioneer in the 1920s and 1930s and a member of Zonta International.

Zonta International, through its foundation, each year awards Amelia Earhart Fellowships to outstanding women pursuing graduate degrees in aerospace-related sciences and engineering.

The panel included:

•Christine Schaner Tooley Ph.D., UB assistant professor in biochemistry.

•Mary Gallo, STEM supporter and UB scientist. (pictured below)

•Lisa Hotung, pilot.

•Dian Chin Kit-Wells, UB Pediatric and community dentist and clinical assistant professor in dentistry.

•Rose Berkun, past president New York State Society of Anesthesiologists.

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