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March 12, 2013

DNR Celebrates Women’s History Month

by Martha
Keynote Speaker Dr. Harriette Phelps

Keynote Speaker Dr. Harriette Phelps

Who: Open to the Public

When: Tuesday, March 19 at 12 p.m.

Where: Tawes Building, Room C1, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: 410-260-8058

Join the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in celebrating the contributions of women to events in history and today’s society with Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination. The program will feature keynote speaker Dr. Harriette Phelps, a senior professor of Biology at the University of the District of Columbia, and include a reading of the Governor’s Proclamation and a light lunch.

Dr. Phelps will focus on her experiences as a veteran female scientist, working within a previously male-dominated profession in the academic world. In addition to teaching, Dr. Phelps is engaged in research on estuarine and freshwater systems, mostly with studies on mollusks as pollution bio-monitors and the environmental impact of exotic species, particularly the Asiatic clam. She is a role model for young girls and all women who aspire to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Women’s History Month was initiated by the National Women’s History Project, Inc. www.nwhp.org, in Santa Rosa, California in 1980. Molly MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas and Bete Morgan founded the Project to showcase the historical achievements of women. In 1987, the Project led a successful campaign to declare March as National Women’s History Month.

More information on Dr. Phelps is available at http://www.his.com/~hphelps/about.htm.

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