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This is planned for [deadline] April 12, 2008 this year. I’m not sure how long the Girl Scout and Women-in-Science joint annual program has been going. It is certainly an interesting day(s) for the girls and the women involved. We don’t have a local chapter of Women-in-Science so the Bethel version has been Women of Science and local women who are either working in or interested in science are asked to participate.

If you can help, call the Girl Scouts. I may be the only Sigma Xi scientist around, but many women locally practice science– acute observation, comparison, hypothesis testing, gathering facts, critical thinking, etc.– whether choosing berry picking sites, or cooking new recipes, or practicing baby care, or speeding up the cashier lines or stacking a display of round fruit at stores. Of course, our medical practice should be evidence-based, but even herbal medicines require careful preparation.

An example from the first Women of Science, with a downloadable set of materials —

Girl Scouts Susitna Council, in partnership with Continuing Education, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus, is hosting a third annual Women of Science Day for Bethel girls.

Organizers seek women who can volunteer their time to plan and lead activity sessions on Saturday afternoon, April 12, at the Kuskokwim Campus.

Sessions in birding, nutrition, dental care, traditional medicine, chemical reactions, weather study, subsistence living, wetland science, winter safety, healthy living, medicinal plants and anthropology … fit well in the 45-minute workshop format.

Adult and teen volunteers are also needed to help guide the groups of girls… For more information, contact Amy von Diest in Anchorage at (800) 478-7448 or by email at avondiest AT gsscak DOT org.

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