NASA's Ames Research Center let parents, teachers and students log onto a Virtual Take Our Daughters to Work Day that put girls in touch with shuttle astronauts and scientists
So, you want to be an astronaut?
NASA's Ames Research Center offered parents, teachers and students a
chance to log onto a Virtual Take Our Daughters to Work Day that put girls
in touch with women who work at NASA, including shuttle astronauts Eileen
Collins and Shannon Lucid.
An Internet chat and forum were available Thursday.
The event was devoted to giving young people the opportunity to share
Take Our Daughters to Work Day and gain insight into their own future career
choices, according to a NASA statement.
Included in the forum was Stacey Morrison, deputy chief information
officer for the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at Johnson Space Center.
Morrison manages all the computers, hardware and software for the directorate.
Other participants included NASA public affairs officials as well as biological,
geological and nutritional scientists.
Lisa Malone, a public affairs officer at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
received a question from a girl named Meghan, who asked if women in technology
and biology are often denied jobs because of their gender.
"At NASA there are more men than women," Malone answered. "However,
the proportion of new employees coming into the agency in a variety of careers
is more balanced. At NASA we have a need for women in the biology and technology
careers and our chief scientist for the International Space Station is a
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