At Bryn Mawr, keeping a weather eyeWatch out, Bob Turk...


October 02, 1994|By Mary Corey

At Bryn Mawr, keeping a weather eye

Watch out, Bob Turk. Here come the sunshine kids of Bryn Mawr.

Led by science department chair Stephanie Miller, the students of this North Baltimore school may become the meteorologists of tomorrow, thanks to a $10,000 grant for a student weather station.

When the equipment and software arrive in the next few weeks, seventh-graders will begin measuring relative humidity and rainfall; ninth-graders will use Accu Weather data to predict the forecast, and 11th-graders will start analyzing pollutants.

"We jokingly talked about whether we could get good enough to match the newscasters," says Ms. Miller, who drafted the proposal after realizing that the study of weather was missing from the curriculum.

"Since we have access to the same information as they do," she adds, "it may well be a question of how skillfully students can interpret information."

Ms. Miller believes the project is also useful because it encourages young women to think seriously about science, a field that studies have shown they are discouraged from pursuing.

One of her greatest accomplishments occurred last year when a student, Jennifer Kalish, won a $10,000 scholarship in the

Westinghouse Science Talent Search. She went on to Harvard where she's now studying science.

The most important lesson the weather station -- and science in general -- can teach young women is tenacity, Ms. Miller says.

"You've got to try things," she explains. "They don't always work, but you can figure out another way. That's what we want them to come away with."

Barbara Young's photographs often speak to tranquil moments that live largest in retrospect: The glint of midday sun on a blue gate near the ocean, the wrinkled wisdom in the face of a woman who remembers mending clothes with sisal fiber. In her new book "The Plop-A-Lop Tree," the 73-year-old Baltimore photographer and psychiatrist has created a history of 40 years of life on Harbor Island in the Bahamas. It's a place where such personal photography was once as rare as cold weather.

A collection of these photographs is on display through Nov. 30 on the second floor at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

Praised for the impressive quality of their light by Jan Howard, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Dr. Young's photographs are in many permanent collections including the BMA and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

"My photography is terribly influential on my psychiatric practice insofar as it keeps me mentally healthy," Dr. Young says. "It is always a refuge."

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