USA Science & Engineering Festival

April 28 - 29, 2012, Washington, DC

Preview for invited guests: April 27

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Developmental Changes Form All Creatures

How fertilized eggs become birds, bats, butterflies and us

Nifty Fifty Speaker
: Marnie Halpern

(Photos here)

The ‘Nifty Fifty’ are a group of noted professionals who will fan out across the Washington, DC area to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. SDB member Marnie Halpern is from the Department of Embryology of the Carnegie Institute for Science ( in Baltimore and she studies neural development in zebrafish. She has spearheaded the program “Women Serious About Science” with a public school in Baltimore to introduce young girls, particularly underrepresented minorities, to science.

Dr. Halpern will be visiting elementary and middle school students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ellicott City, Maryland on April 20.

To learn about Dr. Halpern’s research go to:  

Marnie Halpern (2nd from right) with Gaithersburg High School (MD) students in 2010.