American Association of University Women Long Beach Hosts Tenth Annual STEM Conference

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tenth annual STEM ConferenceThe tenth annual STEM Conference for girls will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The invitation-only conference is organized and sponsored by the American Association of University Women Long Beach Branch. Significant support is provided this year by the Long Beach City College, TABC (a Toyota division) and Farmers and Merchants Bank. Previous sponsor was BP.

Seventh and eighth grade girls from the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and numerous Long Beach middle schools will be attending this three and one-half hour conference. The girls attend a plenary session with an inspirational keynote speaker and two 40 minute career workshops presented by young women representing a variety of careers involving the use of science and math. Last year’s attendance increased from 190 to 220 girls and 250 are expected this year.

The conference is an excellent opportunity to reach out to underserved young women to excite them about the possibilities of such careers and encourage them to attend college. According to Darlene Daclan, Conference Volunteer Coordinator, “Many of the speakers work here in Long Beach and serve as examples of career opportunities right here in the local area.” Keynote speaker Rosario Rivas, a health educator with the Long Beach Department of Health will share the challenges she overcame to advance herself through education.

Workshop speakers are Meg Beatrice, Architect of Architecture M; Pam Putnam, Deputy Coroner Investigator for San Bernardino County; Sandra Gonzalez, Landscape Architect; Carolyn Duclayan-Vizmanos, Public Health Nurse; Dr. Annalisa Fernando, Optometrist in Cypress; Kathy Rantowich, Structural/Civil Engineer with MHP Structural Engineers; Dr. Kamaryn Casey, Veterinarian; Raquel Sanchez, Stamping Production Engineer and Rhonda Gilyard, Senior Project/Chemical Engineer with TABC; and Nicky Leier, Aquarist 2 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The AAUW Long Beach Branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, please visit

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