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27March

National Women's History Month

Women in Earth & Space Science

Name: Kathleen Bennallack 
Company: University of California, San Diego
Title: Ph. D Student (Archaeology)

Kathleen

Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:  

Kathleen: I can’t think of one person in particular, but I did have a high school teacher who made  me really like chemistry.  Since I liked chemistry, my dad really wanted me to be a  pharmacist, which I didn’t end up doing, but I do still do a lot of chemistry in my job.   When I decided I wanted to do archaeology, I didn’t know how to do it, I wasn’t sure  I had enough experience, and I was worried about leaving my regular office job.  I brought it up to my friend’s dad at her law school graduation, and he said, “Don’t worry  – I quit being a nuclear engineer to be a professor, and then I quit being a professor to  be a lawyer.  I wasn’t equally successful at all of them, but it was what I wanted to do,  and it made my life better.  You’re not getting any younger or happier, but one of those  you can control.”  So, not specifically about STEM, but about not letting fear (of failure,  of the unknown, of insecurity…) get in the way of what you know you want to do.  Your  path may be surprising, but you should never make your decisions out of fear.

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20March

National Women's History Month

Women in Maker Community Week

Name: Christina Mirando
Company: Women.Design.Build
Title: Co-founder, Executive Director

Christina

Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:  

Christina: Since age 5, I was always building structures with wooden blocks and rearranging my room to create new spaces. I was (and still am) fascinated by the way you can manipulate space using such simple materials! I have to thank my parents for this -- early on they had observed my interest in the built world and were completely supportive of it.

Posted in Girlstart, women in STEM

17March

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Green Fun courtesy of Steve Spangler Science

Wishing everyone a happy and lucky St. Patrick's Day. Hope you remembered to wear green!

Green Slime

Posted in Girlstart

15March

National Women's History Month

Women in Energy Week

Name: Trisha Elizondo
Company: Energy Renewal Partners, LLC
Title: Chief Operating Officer

Trisha Elizondo


Was there a person in your life that encouraged you in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and/or to enter your specific field? If so, please tell us a little bit about how she/he encouraged you:

Trisha: My dad always had a passion for engineering. He taught us to understand how things work and solve for problems with creative solutions. I watched him (and he does) build many things from scratch and come up with a new design or tool to complete a job. When he built things he often had my siblings and I help. We were not always excited to join in the building process but when I look back it is one of the best things he had us do and it made many great memories. We were constantly challenged and pushed to exceed our own expectations. 

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