As the newly elected president of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), Janet L. Wright hopes the implementation of aggressive new programs will help more young women become interested, and stay interested, in science.

Wright, who teaches introductory classes in physical geology and environmental geology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, says that taking the helm of the 15-year-old St. Paul, Minn.- based group is an opportunity to assist other women who share her passion for science.

"The most important thing for me to do as president of AWG is to have a clear vision of the future. I think that's what leadership is supposed to be," she says.

"I've been very involved at the national level in developing the earth science curriculum based on what we think children of the next century are going to need. What is important is education-- more math and science for young women so...

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