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Role Models to Speak at UCR

Role Models to Speak at UCR

(February 2, 1999)

Middle school girls from Riverside, Moreno Valley, Colton and Menifee will gather in the UCR Commons from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 to hear words of wit and wisdom about math and science from five prominent women in the community.

The event is part of Project Athena, a National Science Foundation project at the University of California, Riverside, designed to boost the interest and success of young women in mathematics and science.

Cecilia Cartman Seals, a nurse practitioner from Kaiser; Debbie Guthrie, owner of Huffman Roofing in Riverside; Leslie Ann Boockoff, a geologist from the San Diego Natural History Museum; Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, assistant to the superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District; and Laurie Lucas, a feature reporter for The Press-Enterprise will talk about how they use mathematics, science and technology in their careers.

All together, 224 girls -- and their parents -- have been invited, from middle schools in Riverside Unified (Central, Chemawa, Gage, Sierra); Moreno Valley Unified (Landmark); Alvord Unified (Wells); Colton Joint Unified (Terrace Hills) and Menifee Valley Unified (Menifee Valley). Project Athena is one of several projects run through The Alpha Center (Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement) at UCR.

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.

A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

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