Heather Marshall, a Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Graduate Student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Heather Marshall

The Ocean Explorium in New Bedford, Massachusetts, has announced the 5th annual program aimed at promoting the “STEM” fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to girls and young women.

Beginning in early March (2014), the Girls Interested in Real Life Science (GIRLS) after-school program will run for 10 weeks, giving the Leading Señoritas of Roosevelt Middle School an immersive, intensive learning experience. The GIRLS program is made possible through the generosity of the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative — a special program of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.

New this year, a single speaker will share her experiences, from studying science to finding a career. On Wednesday, March 12 (2014), Heather Marshall, a Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Graduate Student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will talk about her recently completed voyage with the research vessel OCEARCH to the Galapagos Islands. A marine biologist specializing in the study of sharks, Marshall is also co-founder and resident scientist for the Gills Club, a group that works to connect girls with female marine biologists in the field.

The presentation by Marshall is free and open to the public. Learners of all ages are encouraged to attend, especially middle and high school students and their families. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on March 12, with a special OCEARCH Science on a Sphere® program at 6:15 p.m. The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford and is handicap accessible via the rear entrance. The Science on a Sphere® exhibit is generously provided by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Call 508-994-5400 or visit the Ocean Explorium website for program schedules, directions or other information.


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