Hypatia Day to promote women in STEM

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first_imgCourtesy of Gwen O’Brien Saint Mary’s will host the 23rd annual Hypatia Day this Saturday, a day for middle school girls to be inspired by the realms of math and science.Saint Mary’s will host the 23rd annual Hypatia Day this Saturday for seventh grade girls from local South Bend schools to fight the stereotype that math and science are male-dominated fields. With the assistance of current students, professors and high school students, the day will be centered around exposing both young girls and their parents to the many opportunities available in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields for women.Hypatia Day was first organized in 1991 by Sr. Miriam Patrick Cooney, professor emerita of mathematics, director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said.Hypatia Day is named for the first known female mathematician, Hypatia of Alexandria, who was the daughter of ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher Theon, O’Brien said. According to legend, Hypatia’s father taught her mathematics during a period in Greek history when young girls were excluded from education.According to Socrates, Hypatia’s home and lecture room were the two favorite gathering places for her scholarly friends, as she was one of the most-loved teachers and well-respected scholars of her time.Assistant professor of mathematics Kristin Kuter said Hypatia Day is mainly geared towards seventh grade girls and their parents.Some of the participating schools include Indiana schools such as Boston Middle School in La Porte, Discovery Middle School in Granger, Grissom Middle School in Mishawaka, Lincoln Jr. High in Plymouth, New Prairie Middle School in New Carlisle and St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend.“The focus of the event is to encourage the seventh graders to continue to pursue an education in math and science, while informing their parents on how to support their daughters in that goal,” Kuter said.Kuter said this year’s Hypatia Day will feature hands-on activities run by STEM-related clubs on campus.“This year we have sessions organized by the biology, chemistry, engineering, math and computer science, nursing and physics clubs,” Kuter said. “During these sessions, the seventh graders will interact with college women preparing for careers in the STEM fields and will be encouraged to view one another as potential physicians, research scientists, actuaries, engineers, statisticians, data analysts, technology experts and the like.”Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, students and their parents will arrive in Carroll Auditorium for a welcome presentation by Kuter. Then, director of patient logistics at University of Chicago Medicine Emily Lowder will deliver the keynote address, “Following Their Footsteps and Tales from the Journey” to all participants.Kuter said throughout the day, middle school students will have the opportunity to work in the lab with college and high school students who are preparing for a future in the STEM fields. Kuter said parents will also be able to speak with Saint Mary’s students about their future careers, attend panel discussions and take part in campus tours.“The parents attend a panel discussion focusing on what curriculum best prepares a student for college and keeps all of her options open. Another session will provide information on financial preparation for a college education,” she said.Kuter said she believes Hypatia Day is important not only for young girls at their current age, but for the growth of their interest in the subjects over time.“This event is important to the community because research has shown that girls of this age greatly benefit from extra attention and encouragement for their interest in studies which require a high degree of training in mathematics and science,” Kuter said.Senior Audrey Kiefer said she believes Hypatia Day to be one of the best ways Saint Mary’s can engage with the local community.“Though I haven’t participated in the day personally, I know some of my fellow classmates who are science majors always say that the young girls truly appreciate the opportunity to experiment in the labs and make connections with college students,” Kiefer said.Kiefer said she finds it essential to begin empowering young women at an early age in the same way that Saint Mary’s empowers women throughout their collegiate years.“When all of [the current students] find Saint Mary’s to be such a great place for expanding our minds and planning to make a difference, it only makes sense that we host a day like this to show young girls that anything is possible, no matter what field of study,” Kiefer said.Tags: hypatia, Hypatia Day, Kristin Kuter, Saint Mary’s hypatia day, STEMlast_img read more


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first_imgFrom 2000-2009 under former coach Pete Carroll, the Trojans compiled a 25-1 record.But this is a different situation,  a different year. And many pundits have picked this spot as a “letdown situation.”With then-No. 20 USC coming off an emotional, triple-overtime loss against No. 4 Stanford, playing against Heisman frontrunner quarterback Andrew Luck, now the No. 21 Trojans (6-2, 3-2) must travel to Boulder, Colo., and face a one-win Colorado squad on a six-game losing streak.Despite this, the players insist the Buffaloes (1-8, 0-6) have their full attention.“We look at every opponent like they’re the best opponent on our schedule,” sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey said. “We’re not underestimating them. If we come out and focus on USC and ourselves, then everything will take care of itself.”But Robey could be the lone usual starter in the secondary tonight. Junior safety T.J. McDonald will sit out the first half for an illegal hit against Stanford, redshirt sophomore cornerback Torin Harris is still recovering from a shoulder injury and junior safety Jawanza Starling is questionable with an unspecified injury.Robey, however, has been the backbone of the USC defense, starting every game this year. The coaching staff also praised his play, which has coincided with the improved play of the defense during the last three games against California, Notre Dame and Stanford.“[What’s] really been a big part of our improvement on defense is Nickell [Robey] playing well,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Matching him up on their guys and really taking them out of rhythm, then obviously two huge fourth-quarter interceptions that almost win both games for us … he’s playing at a really high level and it’s great to see, for a kid who’s just a true sophomore.”In its last three contests, USC’s defense has forced nine turnovers. Colorado, however, has only committed seven turnovers through nine games; the team ranks sixth in the nation. Quarterback Tyler Hansen is responsible for six of those turnovers, throwing six interceptions compared to just 14 touchdowns.The Buffaloes’ offense has struggled recently, too, averaging fewer than 12 points per contest in their last four games. For the year, Colorado ranks 111th in the nation in scoring offense. Some of its struggles can be attributed to the absences of wide receiver Paul Richardson and tailback Rodney Stewart. Both have missed time because of knee injuries and both are questionable to play against USC.Though Colorado’s offense might be struggling, USC’s offense seems to have found its stride in the last three games, averaging more than 36 points per game and 396 total yards. Most notably, the running game for the Trojans is starting to click behind the play of junior tailback Curtis McNeal. The Los Angeles native has turned in back-to-back 100-plus rushing yard performances, including a career-high 145 yards last weekend against Stanford. Though he fumbled in the third overtime, the coaching staff believes O’Neal is ready to bounce back.“He’s had a couple great games in a row,” Kiffin said. “Now he needs to do it again and go up there and like I’ve said before, if you go on the road, especially in bad weather conditions, regardless [if it’s on the road] you better pack your run-defense and your run game. [McNeal] is a critical part of that right now.”The running game’s improvement, in large part, can be attributed to the play of the offensive line. Though the coaching staff was forced to mix and match lineups during the first half of the season, now, it appears, the unit has found some continuity and balance.“We’ve had tremendous progress,” junior left tackle Matt Kalil said. “Before we couldn’t run on anybody. Now we’re running [really well]. It has a lot to do with us getting a lot closer and bonding as an offense. We’re more comfortable and as a whole, the line has got some good chemistry going.”And that line has allowed junior quarterback Matt Barkley to find his open receivers time and time again. Sacked four times this season, Barkley has connected with his top target, sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, 81 times for 991 yards and nine touchdowns. Though the statistics might not show it, Woods has been hampered by a nagging ankle injury all season long. Despite his ailment, the coaching staff has been impressed with the way Woods has handled his injury.“It just says who he is,” Kiffin said. “He’s that special that can be injured and be that tough to have those type of numbers but also prepare enough to line up in all those spots that he does.”Woods is not the only offensive player dealing with injuries. Senior tailback Marc Tyler is still recovering from a dislocated shoulder he re-aggravated last weekend against Stanford, and freshman tailback George Farmer did not practice all week because of an ankle injury.Despite the distractions and injuries coming into the game, USC understands it must not take Colorado lightly despite its record.“They’re not a bad team,” Kalil said. “The main emphasis starting with Notre Dame is: ‘It’s all about us.’ It’s not about any other team we play. We play the same play against any team we go against, so that’s the attitude we have to come out with.”Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN. For USC, November has typically been a good month.Lockdown · Sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey recorded a combined 16 tackles, two interceptions and a touchdown against Notre Dame and Stanford. His play has been a key reason for USC’s defensive improvement. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img read more


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first_imgSyracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman waved his arms above his head and begged for his defense to get a stop. Notre Dame ran fast, but in the first quarter of Syracuse’s Feb. 25 matchup, SU kept up. It forced turnovers, rebounded on misses under the basket and pushed the other way.But the Fighting Irish kept firing, they kept running. They scored one bucket, then another, then another. As the 3-pointers started to fall, the inside opened up. Syracuse’s bigs were no match for the Irish. The Orange had long run a press to force turnovers and push transition, but in the second quarter they fell back, and defensive holes were exploited. As the game grew out of reach, Hillsman’s hands fell to his side. Missed assignments, poor switches and late reactions were too much. He put his hands to his knees.“You have a chance on your home floor playing against one of the best teams in the country, and we know that they’re a very good basketball team, I really feel that we’re a very good basketball team,” Hillsman said postgame. “But to come on the floor and perform this way is very disappointing.”No. 12 Syracuse (24-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) has struggled with its interior defense the entire season. Against strong forward units, the Orange have shown an inability to stay in front of offensive players in the post and from the elbow, frequently falling to a quick first step to the basket. SU’s best blocker, Emily Engstler, ranks just 130th in the nation with 1.30 per game. Hillsman frequently references the unit’s youth as a main factor of the struggles, but inside defense is a holistic effort. Penetration and passes inside the arc past guards have allowed opponents to take advantage of the Orange, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorThe Orange, who earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, drew a first round matchup with No. 14 Fordham on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Rams rely mainly on their backcourt with three guards in their top-four scorers, but forward Mary Goulding has provided a consistent presence down low with 12.9 points per game. Though Fordham might not provide a prevalent interior challenge, the Orange’s paint defense has dictated their ability to take control of games and will be an important piece for Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament.At the end of each practice, Syracuse runs a defensive slides drill. Associate head coach Vonn Read starts while defenders position themselves in the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Read passes the ball to the lead guard who swings it to a wing player. After the pass, defenders rotate into new spots. The strong side player at the top of the zone rotates to the ball, and the weak side player minds the elbow. The strong side player at the bottom of the zone denies on the wing, and the center of the zone fills the spot they left while the weak side player minds the basket.The rotation allows defenders to practice their assignment-based shifts dependent on ball-movement. The flow is sometimes broken by quick passing, though, like when the Orange were broken down against Notre Dame’s dangerous perimeter attack. Other problems have sometimes persisted in standstill sets.In two matchups with Miami this season, Emese Hof and Beatrice Mompremier combined for 85 points and 32 rebounds on the interior. Both players operate mainly on straight-line drives from the elbow. In the ACC Tournament, Mompremier scored multiple baskets in a row by drawing an SU defender to the free throw line and using one dribble to blow past them to a wide-open rim. Unlike the drill the Orange frequently practice, the weak side defender is often late.Versatile forwards have given Syracuse trouble multiple times this season and have allowed an average 35.25 points in the paint in its losses. Against Miami, Hof and Mompremier easily found openings. And in their biggest loss, the Irish used the Orange’s struggles on the interior to their advantage, UND head coach Muffet McGraw said. They began the game with a “high-low” attack in an attempt to “suck in” the Syracuse zone, freeing space for their perimeter attack. That’s exactly what the Orange did, and their shortcomings lessened their presence around the 3-point line.“I think it was just a credit to our post,” Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale said. “They have a good inside-out game, they’re able to find the guards on the perimeter.”Its zone collapsed, its transition defense struggled, its shots didn’t fall. Though shooting slumps have hurt the Orange this season, Read said SU doesn’t need to shoot a high percentage to win games. But, as a part of its margin-based system, when opponents find the openings it has inside, Syracuse is left without a chance to battle back. Comments Published on March 19, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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first_imgReal Tamale United have staged a quick return to the Premier League, one year after being demoted to the second-tier league.The Tamale-based side won their third-straight match in the Division One League play-offs on Wednesday to gain promotion for next season’s premiership with 9 points.A 4-1 win against Unity F.C. in the top-of-the-table Zone I clash at the Baba Yara Stadium secured Mohammed Gargo’s side promotion.Both sides had won two straight matches apiece ahead of their meeting but it was Unity F.C led the standings with a better goal advantage and needed only a draw to pick the sole qualifying slot.R.T.U. will now have to prepare for the start of the 2012-13 Premier League which commences in October.In the other game, Bofokwa Tano were 1-0 winners over Bazooka F.C at the Bekwai Park but that result made no difference to the qualification A thrilling finish to the competition in Zone III saw Tema-based Amidaus Professionals secure their debut promotion to the elite division after edging past King Solomon and Instanbul to the qualifying ticket.Level on four points but adrift on goal difference to Instanbul prior to kick off, Amidaus managed a 1-0 win against King Solomon in Gyandu to finish the competition with 7 points, three more than Instanbul.Instanbul’s chances were ended following a 1-0 in Cape Coast to bottom side, Danbort in Zone III.Zone IMatch Day 3 – August 22, 2012 Unity FC 1-4 R.T.U – Baba Yara StadiumBazooka 0-1 Bofoakwa – Bekwai ParkZone IIIMatch Day 3 – August 22, 2012King Solomon 0-1 Amidaus – Gyandu ParkInstanbul 0-1 Danbort – Robert Mensah StadiumSource: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more