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Women in Science Day at Washburn University is Oct. 8



  • Media must check in with event staff outside the Washburn Room, Memorial Union, before taking photographs.
  • Lab activities will take place 9:40 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m. in a variety of locations. 
  • Information will be provided when you check in.

Synthesis of a frozen colloid --- more commonly known as the chemical reaction in the making of ice cream -- is one of the presentations designed to bolster an interest in science for seventh grade girls at the seventh annual Women in Science Day event on Oct. 8 at Washburn University.

Approximately 246 seventh graders from 10 area schools are expected to attend the event which is designed to demonstrate the practical applications in everyday life of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Studies indicate girls perform as well as boys in math and science throughout elementary school, but begin to lose interest in such courses in junior high and high school. Presentations will be made by professional female scientists and the girls will be able to participate in hands-on laboratory activities.

School represented at the event will be Carbondale Middle School, Holton Area Gifted Program, Jackson Heights Middle School, McLouth Middle School, Perry-Lecompton Middle School, Robinson Middle School (Topeka), Shawnee Heights Middle School, Southwest Middle School (Lawrence), Topeka Collegiate and West Middle School (Lawrence).

The event is sponsored by Washburn University.  Co-sponsors include U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Office, Capitol Federal, National Weather Service, Zonta International, Ichabod Shop, KU Athletics, Washburn Foundation, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Chartwells Dining Services, KU Association for Women Geoscientists, Washburn Biology Club and Washburn Chemistry Club.

Two speakers will meet with the participations in the Washburn Room.  The topics and speakers will be:

9 a.m.:  “Rubber Chicken Science,” Teresa McDonald and Bekkah Lampe, Museum University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute.  Washburn Room, Memorial Union

10:45 a.m.: “KU Athletics,” Andrea Hudy, assistant director, sports performance, KU.

Lab activities will take place 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m., with the majority of labs offered both in the morning and the afternoon.  Topics are:

  • “Who Dunnit”:  Analytical techniques used in crime laboratories.
  • “From Bach to Bond: Explorations in Music, Numbers and Cryptography”:  Hidden secrets in musical compositions and other ciphers.
  • “Why Do You Run So Fast?”:  Fitness testing and training tips.
  • “Synthesis of a Frozen Colloid (or, Making Ice Cream)”: The role of chemistry in the kitchen.
  • “Life Within Life”: Interactions of organisms.
  • “Toss Out Your ‘Salad’-monella”:  The perils of food poisoning.
  • “Bleeding!??! What Do I Do? Concussions?? What’s the Big Deal?”:  Insights in the the healthcare field of athletic training.
  • “Safe Solar Observing and Documenting”:  Best ways to see features on the visible solar atmosphere.
  • “What’s in That Dirty Mouth?”:  The microorganisms within us.
  • “What Lies Beneath”:  The unique physical properties of water.
  • “How to Save a Life: The Science Behind CPR”:  The science behind the action of CPR.
  • “Create Your Own Thunderstorm”:  Learn the processes involved in the formation of intense weather events.
  • “How to Survive . . . The Kansas Zombie Apocalypse”: Spatial analysis to predict zombie movement in the community.
  • “Caves and Sinkholes: How and Why They Form”: Types of rocks that form caves and the origin of sinkholes.
  • “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”: Creating a video interview covering a water related science topic.
  • “Have a Heart (and Lungs): The normal anatomy of hearts and lungs of animals.
  • “Go With the Flow”: Build aquifers to explore water movement through earth materials.


    Karen Camarda, associate professor, physics and astronomy, 785-670-2145
    Dena Anson, university relations, 785-670-1711