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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology outreach with FEMMES Saturday Science Capstones

FEMMES
Ann Marie Macara (far right) and students discuss the concept of mimicry as they compare the coral snake and the western ground snake. Credit: Christine Ton Nu

By Gail Kuhnlein Nov 24, 2014 On a recent Saturday on the campus of the University of Michigan, an educational outreach program called FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and Science) held one of its biannual Saturday Science Capstone events.

Two of the activities involved faculty and students from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, among dozens of other volunteers and some 200 fourth – eighth grade students from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit. The events took place mainly in the Chemistry Building, as well as in C.C. Little and the Kraus Natural Science Building. Read more

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