Women’s challenges and contributions shared at STEM panel discussion

Hear stories of the obstacles overcome and progress made by women in science, technology, engineering and math fields during a panel discussion open to the public at College of the Mainland March 24 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Casey Curry, a meteorologist at Channel 13; Candace Gamble, a senior resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Pamela Norman, a former chemical engineer at ExxonMobil; and Carolyn Lightfoot, chief information officer for Lee College; will share and answer questions about their careers.
 
The event celebrates National Women’s History Month 2015 and its theme, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”
 
“Students will be able to reflect on their own aspirations as they listen to the stories of several successful women from various backgrounds and cultures,” said COM director of diversity Lonica Bush. “We hope the panel discussion will inspire students to accomplish their goals and realize that they too can be whatever they want to be.”
 
Curry is the weekday morning meteorologist for ABC13 in Houston and has also been the guest meteorologist on the weekend edition of Good Morning America in New York City. She spends much of her time speaking and encouraging young people to pursue a career in math or science.
 
Gamble is a senior resident in the combined pediatrics and medical genetics residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Gamble manages and diagnoses patients with chromosomal abnormalities, single gene disorders and inborn errors of metabolism. She is passionate about educating families on genetic disease and helping parents advocate for their children.

Norman held many technical and managerial positions over her nearly 32-year career with ExxonMobil, including holding responsibilities for oil field development, regulatory compliance and environmental management. Since retiring in 2013, she has been involved in church and community volunteering.

Lightfoot plans and coordinates IT infrastructure, applications, support and security at Lee College and is a University of Houston College of Technology professor. She serves as an advisor for the Monica Boyd Literacy Foundation, which aims to improve the writing and math skills of elementary school children struggling in those areas.
 
For more information about the free event, contact Lonica Bush at 409-933-8413. 

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