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Lori-Ann Noble, Ph.D., Biochemistry, and Laurie A. Norman, Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, are Assistant Professors of Science and Mathematics at the Academy. Both women have also earned the Ph.D. of Girl Scouting – the Gold Award – the equivalent of Eagle Scout for males.

These young science teachers were excited when they learned that the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts were sponsoring a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) event – Changing the World Through STEM; Teen Career Expo.  Two hundred and fifty girls, grades 6-12, signed up for a day of hands-on STEM based activities including guest speakers, from local colleges and universities and the corporate world. Lori and Laurie decided to volunteer to present a biochemical workshop on lactose and enzymes.
Each professor was attracted to the Academy because of the focus on hands-on learning. The STEM/Scout Expo also advocated this approach. Noble reports, “I was already familiar with the Academy because my husband Doug graduated in ’99 and my brother David Boulanger in ’02. I applied to teach and was hired shortly after finishing a three-year-long, postdoctoral position at Yale.  I volunteered for the Expo because it was a great opportunity to get young girls excited about science. I think MMA and Girl Scouts share a number of similar values and goals and I am glad to see they are partnering in events that encourage young women to succeed in non-traditional roles.”

Laurie Norman left the corporate world to teach. After moving from Connecticut to Massachusetts, she also applied to MMA and was hired.  “I absolutely love working here!  I am a true believer in the Academy’s unique mission of producing quality graduates through rigorous academics and a regimental lifestyle. Lori and I decided to contribute to the Girl Scout event, in part, because we had a lot of fun conducting a workshop for students of a similar age last spring at Bridgewater State University.  It was tremendous fun and we both look forward to doing it again in the future,” she declared!

Today’s Girl Scouts are not your mothers Girl Scouts. Rather than being known for cookies, crafts, and camping this new century of Girl Scouting puts teaching young women courage, confidence, and character first. Their motto, “Be prepared”, requires a scout to help out wherever she is needed – a lesson learned then and still lived now by this dynamic Academy duo.

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