Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 12/13/2009 8:00:00 AM
This year Project Discovery is participating in the Scientists in the School Program. Last week Dr. Susan Garfinkel spoke about her career with Barrett 5th graders. This week Dr. Emilia Costin spoke with Barrett 4th graders. These visits connect with a recent broadcast about Women in Science with Nobel prize winners Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Carol Greider. During the broadcast the scientists discussed the importance of engaging students in science, especially girls ages 10, 11, 12 years old. Dr. Emilia Costin talked to our 4th graders about her life as a young child in Romania. She shared her “Keys to Success” for becoming a toxicologist. The students were very interested in her career as a scientist working with lipsticks and lotions, such as sunscreen. Dr. Costin has worked at NIH, Avon, and IIVS. As you can see in the photos below, Dr. Costin prepared a very thoughtful presentation for our students. Following are two THANK YOU notes written by students in Mrs. Royston’s class. Dear Dr. Emilia Costin, Thank you for the sun screen, paper, puzzle, and Mr. Skeleton. But most of all thank you for showing us what your job is like. I think your job is really cool. It is cool to be a scientist and work in a laboratory. I think everything you said is true. I think it is fun working there. When I grow up I want to be just like you. Sincerely, J. Dear Dr. Emilia Costin, Thank you for the presentation. It inspired me to follow my dreams. I learned things I didn’t know. I like scientists. I never thought I could meet a scientist in my life. It was so fun. I am going to use that paper you gave me. Also the Keys to Success speech was great. Last, thank you for the sunscreen. Sincerely, B.
Dr. Costin with Project Discovery Teacher Laurie Sullivan