Girls invited to explore science and math careers at ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ conference

Feb. 8, 2010

Keynote speaker Ashley Jackson works with the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. She attended Diablo Valley College and transferred to California State University, Monterey Bay to complete her formal education in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in earth systems, science and policy with an emphasis in marine mammals. (Download Image)

Girls invited to explore science and math careers at ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ conference

LIVERMORE, Calif. – The annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Math Conference returns on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Diablo Valley College, San Ramon Campus at 1690 Watermill Road, San Ramon. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m.

The daylong event is held for young women, grades 6-9, from Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol school districts to increase interest and foster awareness of careers in math and science.

This year’s theme, “Dive into a Learning Adventure”, will feature Ashley Jackson, dolphin trainer at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. She will discuss her career journey, her love of the ocean and her interests in environmental protection.

A full day is planned with hands-on workshops, a special group activity, and a career fair and science expo. The conference also provides young women opportunities to meet and interact with positive role models who are active in math- and science- related careers.

For parents, there is a two and one-half hour workshop led by Diablo Valley College on college planning, academic requirements and financial aid.

Online registration is required for all participants, and is available at

More information on the conference can be found at or contact the EYH Hotline at 925-422-2453. Local organizations or businesses interested in donating or participating can e-mail tveyh [at] ( ) .

The conference is coordinated by Diablo Valley College San Ramon, Lawrence Livermore National Security, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Association of University Women.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation’s most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.