St. Joseph University biology professor Dr. Irene Guttilla teaches female middle school students how to extract their own DNA during a science experiment at the Girls and STEM Expo at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. The annual gathering of middle school students is sponsored by St. Joseph's together with the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund and features interactive workshops facilitated by USJ faculty and students. Presentations range from DNA extraction and oil slick simulation to the analysis of fuel capabilities in food. The goal is to inspire young women's interest in science at an early age and to potentially spark the pursuit of a career in the sciences - allowing them to explore the fields of biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics in a fun-filled and relaxed environment infused with experimentation and collaboration.
Patrick Raycraft, Hartford Courant