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Amber Childres

Local Girl Scouts Explore Careers in Medicine and Science
Female Physicians Share Personal Stories of Success, Inspire Future Generations

HOUSTON (June 2009) – On June 16, local Girl Scouts had the opportunity to network with some of Houston’s prominent female leaders in the fields of science and medicine at a panel discussion and hosted by Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the Foundation for Women’s Resources and The University of Texas at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The event was in celebration of the recent release of Legends and Legacies: Personal Journeys of Women Physicians and Scientists at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, edited by Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D. The book features real-life stories of 26 members of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s accomplished faculty as they rose to excellence in the fields of medicine and science at one of our nation’s preeminent institutions.

Dr. Travis, who is associate vice president for Women Faculty Programs, shared her inspirational story alongside of some of her M.D. Anderson colleagues including Dr. Guillermina Lozano, chair of genetics, Dr. Vicki Shannon, professor of pulmonary medicine, and Girl Scout alum Dr. Peggy Tinkey, chair of veterinary medicine and surgery.

“It’s important to provide a forum for Girl Scouts to learn more about women in science and medicine and to be inspired to seek leadership positions in their own lives,” says Julie Deeter, program director at GSSJC. “This event was a wonderful opportunity for young women to network with a diverse group of female role models and become more familiar with the demands, rewards and sacrifices of the careers represented by the contributors to Legends and Legacies.”

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit