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November 2009, Vol. 46, No. 9

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Encouraging Girls To Become Mathematicians, Engineers, and Scientists


Techbridge (Oakland, Calif.) girls at Holbrook Elementary School (Concord, Calif.) learn about water treatment by making water filters. Photo courtesy of Linda Kekelis, Techbridge. Click for larger image.

Being the only female in a college engineering class is an experience familiar to many female engineers. Committing to a major where only 20% of graduates are female and entering a field where only 11% of engineers are female can be a tough experience, according to professor Nadya Fouad of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. A few different fields of study and work are characterized by this underrepresentation of women, and these fields often face a correlated need for a larger work force, she said.

The Research
“There continues to be an underrepresentation of women in math, science, and engineering careers,” Fouad said. She has spent 20 years of her career trying to pinpoint why this occurs. Girls achieve more in technical subjects during elementary school, so the decline begins in middle school, she explained.    

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Outlining a Strategy for Successful Student Outreach

Lyn Gomes is a mechanical engineer at Carollo Engineers (Phoenix). She shares a list outlining a strategy for successful offsite outreach. 

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From the President: A Vision of Leadership for the New Year

 FreedmanAs a youth and student, I experienced and observed a lot of turmoil and change. I witnessed the Cuyahoga River burning, witnessed huge advances in technology, and participated in social movements to make the world a better place. So, when I had to choose a profession, it came naturally — I chose what has now become environmental engineering — and when I looked for a professional affiliation, I chose the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.), because I saw WEF as the best source for new ideas and technologies, populated with outstanding leaders championing those ideas and technologies, and people who were making a difference in the environment.

The position of WEF president is an honor but also a challenge. While we no longer have burning rivers or wastewater spewing from pipes — at least here in the United States — our current problems are more complex, costly, and critical to the future health of society, the economy, and the environment.
Paul Freedman, 2009–2010 WEF President.
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WEFTEC.09 — Introducing the New Leaders

WEFTEC.09 was held Oct. 10 to 14 in Orlando, Fla. This year, the largest annual water and wastewater exhibition had approximately 17,722 registrants and 995 exhibiting companies. The conference offered 122 technical sessions, 31 workshops, and nine facility tours.

This year’s attendees were introduced to a new president, new members of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Board of Trustees (2009–2010), new committee chairs and vice-chairs, and new Committee Leadership Council leaders. 



Back row, from left: Terry Krause, Cordell Samuels, Sandra Ralston, Carl Janson, Leslie Samel, Rick Warner, Judy Jones, Ed McCormick, Deborah Houdeshell, Paul Schuler, and Paul Bowen.
Front row, from left: Vice President Matt Bond, President-Elect Jeanette Brown, President Paul Freedman, Past President Rebecca West, and Betty Jordan.
Not pictured: Treasurer Chris Browning
Photo by Oscar Einzig Photography. Click for larger image.
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WEF Presents New Web Site Design

Fresh, colorful, and user-friendly are terms that can be used to describe the new Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Web site that launched this month. Visitors can expect to see an entirely new design, explained WEF Web Manager Julie Fuller. 

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More Than 250 Attend World Water Monitoring Day Event in Washington, D.C.



A student from Grace Episcopal School checks the temperature of her water sample at the WWMD event at Hains Point on Sept. 18. Photo courtesy of Allison O’Brien. Click for larger image.

The World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) event held in Washington, D.C., this year welcomed 160 students from five schools and an additional 100 attendees.  

Also, see the WWMD Gallery.






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Announcing WEF's 2009 Annual Awards Winners

Each year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) presents a variety of awards that recognize excellence and achievement in the water environment profession. Awards were presented at the WEF Awards and Presidential Celebration Reception during WEFTEC.09.

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