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'Following My Foremothers: Women Engineers during WWII' at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Following My Foremothers: Women Engineers during WWII" will be presented by Clarkson University Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ruth Baltus at the next Clarkson University Science Cafe at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Best Western University Inn Rushton Room, 90 E. Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the St. Lawrence Valley Roasters & Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. in Potsdam, N.Y.

Ruth BaltusDuring WWII, the Curtiss Wright aircraft company trained and employed women for engineering work at its plants. "Curtiss Wright Cadette" training programs were established at seven universities across the United States, with about 100 women at each site. Join Baltus as she recounts the story of her mother and her aunt -- who were trained and employed in the program until the end of the war -- bringing an interesting perspective on the changing roles of women in our society.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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