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In addition to abundant marine and fisheries researchers, Carteret could soon be home to a growing number of young, female scientists.Invite-a-Scientist programs are taking off in elementary and middle school classrooms, with the goal of children getting to talk to professionals about science, and witness the importance of the sciences and mathematics as gender-neutral career fields, said Heather Heenehan, Duke University Marine Science PhD candidate and Huffington Post contributor.Through her work with Duke and the Invite-a-Scientist program, Ms. Heenehan has been able to speak with local classrooms on her work and expose children to a "new" kind of professional – the female scientist.Her most recent visit to Morehead Middle School came in the midst of a special anniversary for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions, Ada Lovelace Day, designed to promote and discuss female STEM notables.

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