The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Council on Women and Girls launched "Women in STEM Speakers Bureau," where top Administration female STEM specialists participate in roundtables with girls in grades 6-12 across the country. This week, Senior Medical Advisor in the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Saralyn Mark '83 reflects on meeting female students at a STEM Roundtable at Barnard and the future role of  women in STEM careers.  An excerpt:

"It is not too often when the past meets the future. I had such an experience on September 26, 2011 on the campus of Barnard College of Columbia University. As soon as I walked through the gates of the college off Broadway Avenue in New York City, memories of my school days as a young student from Colorado came flooding back. I even recalled the moment when I entered and saw the campus for the first time on a sweltering and humid day in August with my mother alongside me. This time, I was back to give a lecture at  a biomedical conference exploring the differences in the pain response between men and women. Now I was not the student but the teacher hoping to instill the joy of science in the students in the audience.

One of the highlights for me that day was to meet the future class of college students from the School for Green Careers, a secondary school in Manhattan. Female students in their junior year came to Barnard that afternoon to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a roundtable that I hosted in the Student Union after the conference. These young women, from the Bronx and Manhattan, shared with me their aspirations to be doctors and engineers. Some even told me which specific field they preferred such as heart surgery or civil engineering."

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