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Diversity in Science and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Panelists:

Exploring Mars and the Solar System
Abigail Fraeman, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Abby is interested in understanding the history and evolution of Mars and it’s moons. She studies the compositions and textual properties of rocks and soils, and interprets them as indicators of past environmental conditions. Abby also analyzes data from spacecraft orbiting Mars and is involved with operations of the Mars Exploration Rovers. And last year, Abby’s "MalloMars Rover: Search for S’more Data" came in 3rd place in the Washington Post’s weekly Style Invitational asking readers to portray people or events from the 21st century using only food as materials.

Insect Diversity: what geographical scale studies tell us about community biodiversity
Pagi Toko, Pre-Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Biology, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Pagi Toko, from Papua New Guinea, is a Christensen Fellow at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Pagi is interested in insect plant interactions and their diversity at a broader geographical scale. Understanding species interactions at this larger scale helps us to see how ecological communities are diverse as we see today. Pagi studied moth diversity at an altitudinal gradient in a tropical rainforest and hopes to continue those studies into the future.

From Pac-Man to Flight Simulators
Tonya M. Noble, Software Engineering Manager
The Boeing Company

The classic video game Pac-Man and an Atari 2600 video game system lured Tonya Noble to computers. Tonya is a software engineering manager at Boeing Co.’s Integrated Defense Systems’ unit based in Hazelwood. She oversees a team of more than 30 engineers at the unit’s Training Systems & Services division, which develops flight simulators used to train military pilots. The simulators are a combination of computer and electronic hardware systems that closely replicate the experience of flying an aircraft. They are used to train pilots who fly various aircraft made by Boeing, including the F-15 Eagle and F/A 18 Hornet jet fighters, and the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter. Tonya was honored as a U.S. Most Promising Black Engineer or Scientist in Industry in 2001 and in 2008 was named as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s "40 Under 40."

STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 – 4 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2011.

DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science— Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Location: Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex,
Kirkwood, MO 63122

FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.

FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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