Natural aptitude, family support and a remarkable program are shaping the female scientists of tomorrow
Jessica Rodriquez first wanted to be a zoologist. Then, an engineer and later, a veterinarian. Now, she’s pretty sure she wants to be a landscape architect.
Jessica isn’t an indecisive college sophomore. She’s 11 and a student at Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, N.C. Her mom, Monique, credits Project Scientist with Jessica’s wide-ranging career interests. “Project Scientist introduces girls to all these different careers,” said Monique Rodriquez. “It shows them they have options.”
Smithfield Foods—achieving the ultimate in sustainability
Food safety and quality are pillars to Smithfield Foods’ sustainability program. That’s why the third installment of its sustainability report showcases its commitment to producing safe, quality food.
“Our report includes multiple case studies,” says Bill Gill, assistant vice president of sustainability for the Smithfield, Va.-based company. “The ‘Inside a Smithfield Food Laboratory’ case study offers readers a scientific look into our in-house food safety research lab. Our laboratory tests, validates and evaluates the latest in food safety technologies.”
As one of Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund recipients, the Hornet’s Nest Council brought the Wonders of Water and Wildlife (WoWW) program to its campus in Iredell County, which serves the surrounding eight counties. The program is developing tomorrow’s leaders in water conservation by teaching girls how to improve water quality and quantity.
Durham & Wake County Community Conservation Assistance Program
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The Durham & Wake County Community Conservation Assistance Program, supported by Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund, focuses on the implementation of Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) for BMP installation in the Jordan Lake Watershed, specifically in the Upper New Hope Creek sub watersheds.