Director's Digressions

This has been a busy spring for DO-IT Scholars. Rachel and Katie arranged a tour of Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland. Several of the old-timer DO-IT Scholars and two of the new recruits attended along with staff member Dan Comden. Rachel's entertaining report of her experiences is in this issue.

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Teenagers Tackle Tough Topics

Recruiting and retaining disabled students into science, mathematics and engineering programs have been difficult, but the University of Washington, through the DO-IT program, is tackling this problem.

Nineteen high school students with disabilities including blindness, hearing impairment, mobility impairment, learning disability, low vision, health impairment and attention deficit disorder are enrolled in a summer program designed to encourage and hone their interests in these fields.

Close Encounter with Stephen Hawking

Dr. Stephen Hawking, Cambridge Professor and author of A Brief History of Time, will meet with students enrolled in the DO-IT Summer Program and other disabled students during a special private session at 1:30, July 1st at Seattle University. This meeting allows students with disabilities to talk to a brilliant mathematician who is also disabled.