Toledo Zoo executive director to speak to Association of Women in Science

April 19, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Ashley Traynum

The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) will host an event, “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Libbey Hall.



Organizers hope the evening will honor and empower women who have dedicated their lives to sciences. 

“We focus a lot on women in science because science careers have such a low percentage of women in them. Because of the low visibility, young women don’t know how much fun careers in science are and write them off before getting a full picture. Science careers can be broad, high-paying, high-security jobs that women can be engaged in,” said Dr. Isabel C. Escobar, acting director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Anne Baker, executive director of the Toledo Zoo.

Baker holds master of science and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland. She will talk about her experience working abroad and what led her to a STEM career.

“We wanted to have women in science that was from the community come and speak. Dr. Baker can highlight the local opportunities for women in science and talk about her experience as a woman in science,” Escobar said.

The Eberly Center for Women, WISE (Women in STEM Excelling) Mentoring Program, the Toledo Section of the American Chemical Society, and the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity all worked together to bring this event to the University community.

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