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Women in Science to Be Celebrated

UCR and Education Partners to Hold Celebration of Women in Science and Mathematics Careers

Event at San Bernardino Valley College targets high school and community college students.

(March 16, 2006)

Marta Bohn-Meyer's love of science led her to become the first woman to fly in the SR-71.

Marta Bohn-Meyer's love of science led her to become the first woman to fly in the SR-71.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The University of California, Riverside and a coalition of educational partners are holding a celebration of women in science and mathematics careers on Friday, March 17 at San Bernardino Valley College.

The program, titled “Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science,” is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in the San Bernardino Valley College Library viewing room, 701 Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino. It is designed to inspire and inform high school and community college women to pursue careers in science and mathematics and to appreciate the role such subjects will play in their futures.

The event, organized by Haragewen Kinde, San Bernardino Valley College Science Department head, will connect participants to role models and show them the opportunities available to them to reach their potential as scientists, engineers or mathematicians.

Denise Whitaker, president of San Bernardino Valley College, will welcome the participants and will be followed by keynote speaker Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Educational Partnerships at UCR. Clute is also a mathematics lecturer, a motivational speaker and the executive director of the ALPHA Center, the primary K-12 outreach center at UCR.

A panel of five women in science and mathematics careers will be at the event. They include:

  • Kathry Alston, program manager at Advatech Pacific, Inc., a Redlands-based specialized engineering firm that serves the aerospace, defense and the automotive industries.

  • Dr. Diana Avila, professor of mathematics at San Bernardino Valley College.

  • Linda Braatz-Brown, director of Project ISIS at UCR.

  • Darcy N. Bryan, M.D. Obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in Riverside.

  • Norma Guereque-Gonzales, technical subcontracts manager at Rockwell Collins, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based aviation communications and electronics firm with 43 U.S. and 30 international locations.

The event is sponsored through a partnership with San Bernardino Valley College, Chaffey High School, San Gorgonio High School and the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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