The Best of Our Knowledge
11:42 am
Mon May 1, 2006

The Best of Our Knowledge # 815

Albany, NY – NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SERIES
POWERFUL SIGNALS: TRANSFORMING THE ROLE OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
OPERATION SMART NYC: GIRLS INCORPORATED -
Girls Incorporated started about 140 years ago. In the 1980's,
Girls Inc. created what it terms Operation Smart to introduce
young girls to science, math, and technology. There are now
over one-thousand Girls Incorporated sites in the U.S. And their
most recent figures indicate about 500-thousand girls have been
introduced to the Operation Smart program. The New York City
affiliate has been around since the mid-90's. A testimony to the
success of the program is heard through the story of 26-year old
Brooklyn native, Afua Addo, who spent three summers immersed
in the Girls, Inc. program over a decade ago. Now, she's an
Administration Staff Analyst with the Department of Education.
This Operation Smart Computer Class is held at the Bronx High
School for Performance and Stagecraft.
Karen Pelland reports. (13:07)

**(For more information about Operation Smart NYC, and to view the
websites created by the girls at the Bronx High School for Performance
and Stagecraft, go to www.girlsincnyc.org.)

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The preceding material is supported by the National Science
Foundation, under Grant HRD-0436130. Any opinions, findings,
conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this story are those
of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the National
Science Foundation.

ORIGINS OF LIFE/SCIENCE RESEARCH IN EDUCATION SERIES
TRACING LIFE IN THE EARLIEST TERRESTRIAL ROCK RECORD ,
Pt. 2 of 2 - Scientists continue to probe, and continue to uncover more information about how Earth, and life on it, evolved billions of years ago.
Last week, we learned about the Isua Supracrustal Belt in Southwest Greenland...and the suggestion that it contained a vast microbial
ecosystem. This week, we find out about the surprising similarities in
rock records from such diverse geographic locations as Greenland,
Australia, and South Africa. Plus, how the past links us to the future.
In our studios is Geochemist, Dr. Mark Van Zuilen, from the Research
Center of Petrology and Geochemistry in Nancy, France.
Glenn Busby reports. (6:10)

The preceding material is supported by the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration.

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