DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- More than 30 Dobbs Ferry High School students recently interacted with the top scientists in the metropolitain region in New York City.
The science research students attended the Inspiring Women Scientists Forum Sept. 27 at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, according to a press release from the school district. The keynote speaker at the event was Ana Maria Cuervo, co-director of the Einstein Institute for Aging Research and the Robert and Renee Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, according to the release.
"Her lab focuses on how cell-cleaning systems break down as we age, and how this connects to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons’s," according to the release. "She is considered a leader in the field of autophagy. Dr. Cuervo was also interviewed by New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus in a Q&A session. Cuervo spoke about the influence of mentors throughout her career, and how this maintained her passion for science. She also discussed the importance of supporting other women in science."
Students attending the event also heard from a panel of women scientists in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), according to the release.
“We were the only public school from Westchester at the forum,” said Dobbs Ferry science research teacher Tom Callahan in the release. “The attendees were mostly college and graduate students, private school students and other scientists. One of our students, Beckett Morris, struck up a conversation with Diane Fresquez, who recently authored 'A Taste of Molecules,' and she gave Beckett a copy of her book right there. Fresquez’s book talks about the connection between food and memory and Beckett’s work involves food science. It was an amazing opportunity to converse and network with elite scientists in many different fields.”