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HPS/MSUN Honoring Women in Math and Science Fields


May 1, 2019

On Thursday, May 2, Havre Public Schools (HPS) and Montana State University—Northern (MSUN) will be honoring women in the math and science fields in a special evening celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Havre High School (HHS) auditorium.

The evening will be hosted by Dr. Jane Morrow and will feature a keynote address by 2019 Founders’ Excellence Award recipient Dr. Leslie Ruyle, as well as a panel discussion highlighting women from across the Hi-Line working in the fields of math and science.

In addition to profiling female mathematicians and scientists, the event will recognize HPS and MSUN educators in math and science. A reception will follow in the West Foyer of HHS located at 900 Eighteenth Street.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Ruyle came to Northern to play basketball and volleyball and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Ecology. She went on to earn a PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia and to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa.

Having lived in four countries and traveled to over 80 countries in her career, she has broad experience in international applied conservation and research, including stints at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute–Panama, Honduran Coral Reef Foundation, Applied Biodiversity Science Program, Earthwatch, and the Center on Conflict and Development. Her work has been recognized with the UN’s Equator Prize Initiative and with the Dean’s Award for interdisciplinary teams.

Currently, she is building a program focused on supporting entrepreneurship in regions of conflict, conservation concern, and limited connectivity (EC3). She teaches at and serves as the Assistant Director of the Scowcroft Institute at the Bush School of Government and Public Policy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Individuals with questions about the event can call 406-395-8551.


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