The University of Alberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (WIC) group hosted Edmonton’s IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast with inclusivity and open discussion in mind. The event was hosted at the High Level Diner and 30 graduate students and professors of all genders were in attendance.
To break the ice and learn about talented female scientists around the globe, we played “headbands” where players guessed the female chemist on their headband based on questions and answers from the other players.
WIC leaders also led round-table discussions to encourage communication among peers and share knowledge from unique and diverse perspectives. The topics included: identifying barriers along the chemistry career path, work-life balance and stress management tips, how to build a professional network, and characteristics of a strong mentor and leader.
Our attendees were happy to meet off-campus and enjoyed networking with members of the department. We hope that the event helped to foster a sense of community and create an environment where chemists from all backgrounds are welcome to share their perspective. We would like to thank Chem Materials, Chemical Institute of Canada for their sponsorship of this event!
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Geraldine Richmond as our inaugural speaker of the Margaret-Ann Armour Lecture Series!
Dr. Richmond is a Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. She obtained her BSc from Kansas State University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley with Professor George C Pimentel. Her current research is focused on using laser-based methods and theoretical simulations to understand chemical processes occurring at the surface of water. Her work has applications in solving important problems related to energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry.
Dr. Richmond has been a strong advocate for diversity in all areas of science and is the founder of COACh (Committee On the Advancement of Women Chemists), an organisation aimed at increasing the number of women in STEM and providing individuals with the resources required to build a successful career. As a result of her passion for this line of work, she was appointed by former President Obama to the National Board of Science. She is also a Fellow of the American Chemistry Society, the Association for Women in Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Amongst her numerous awards and recognitions, Richmond has received the Linus Pauling Medal, the National Medal of Science, and the Priestley Medal.
She will be visiting the UAlberta Department of Chemistry on Wednesday January 16th and presenting two-talks:
“COACh: Empowering Women as Leaders in the Scientific Enterprise” 11:00 am, CCIS 1-160
“Mulling over Nanoemulsions: Interfacial Molecular Structure, Stabilization and Assembly” 2:00 pm, CCIS 1-140
We hope you will be joining us for this exciting kick-off event!
The University of Alberta’s Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry group is excited to announce the first student-led speaker series in the Department of Chemistry. This speaker series, named after Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, aims to celebrate diversity in Chemistry by providing a platform for chemists who do outstanding work both in the lab and in promoting diversity and inclusivity within Chemistry.
Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour received her BSc and MSc from the University of Edinburgh before completing her PhD from the University of Alberta in 1970. She rejoined the Department of Chemistry in 1979, and has served as the Faculty of Science’s premier Associate Dean of Science (Diversity) since 2005. Beyond her contributions to science regarding hazardous chemical management, Dr. Armour has been a tireless advocate for stronger representation of women in STEM. She founded Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) at the University of Alberta in 1981, and since its inception, the WISEST programs have reached more than 15,000 participants with 85% of their Summer Research Participants pursuing undergraduate degrees in Science or Engineering. In 2010, Dr. Armour established the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre). As the Associate Dean of Science (Diversity), Dr. Armour developed Project Catalyst, which is aimed at increasing the representation of women in faculty positions in the Faculty of Science.
Dr. Armour has received many awards and accolades for research, leadership and outreach activities. She received the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, and a 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s top award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, in 1996. Dr. Armour was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006. Maclean’s Magazine recognized Dr. Armour as one of Ten Canadians Making a Difference in 2003, and she was twice listed by the Women’s Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Dr. Armour has also received honorary degrees from her alma mater, the University of Edinburgh, as well as the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, MacEwan University, and Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
We are hosting a free craft night, this Wedensday, Nov 21 from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the Chemistry Lounge, E4-43. We will have both embroidery and origami experts in the room to teach you how to fold up paper in a neat way, and how to sew your favourite molecule (or whatever you please) on your lab coat!
All materials will be provided by WIC, so please register here so we can make sure there is enough to go around.
We are pleased to host Dr. Katherine S. Elvira from the University of Victoria for an informal discussion on November 8th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in E4-43.
Dr. Elvira obtained her MSc and PhD from Imperial College London in 2007 and 2012, respectively. After obtaining her PhD, Dr. Elvira joined Prof. deMello’s research group at ETH Zurich, developing microfluidic devices for analytical applications. In 2017, she joined the faculty of UVic’s Chemistry department as an Assistant Professor and was appointed as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in New Materials and Techniques for Health Applications. Her research focuses on developing microfluidic technologies that can be used for drug discovery and healthcare applications, as well as their commercialization.
Come join us for a stimulating discussion, and of course, coffee, tea and cookies!
The UAlberta Women in Chemistry will be hosting a Bystander Intervention Workshop on November 13, 2018 in E3-25 at 11:30am and we encourage everyone to attend. The workshop will be delivered by personnel from the Sexual Assault Centre at the University of Alberta and will cover the following topics:
Learn how to identify sexual harassment and violence
Gain confidence to interrupt situations around you
Take part in visioning and taking steps towards creating a safe environment
Please consider attending and bringing your colleagues along. Join the conversation and help us become part of the solution. Please sign up here as space is limited.
We are excited to host Dr. Susan Lunte for our first meet-and-greet of the semester, featuring cookies, coffee, and tea! Come join us for an informal discussion with Dr. Lunte, a Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Kansas. Dr. Lunte was educated at Kalamazoo College (B.A.) and pursued her Ph.D. at Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Pete Kissinger. Her research interests include the development of microfluidic-based methodologies for the separation and detection of peptides, amino acids, neurotransmitters and pharmaceuticals in biological fluids. She is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and served as chair of the APQ division. Dr.
Lunte has previously served as president of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry and the 2011 Chair of the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society. In addition to this, she is currently the associate editor for Analytical Methods and on the editorial board of Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Lunte has been the recipient of several awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, the Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award, the AAPS Research Achievement Award in Analysis and Pharmaceutical Quality (APQ), and most recently the Association of Analytical Chemists (ACA) 2018 ANACHEM Award.
We look forward to hosting Dr. Lunte and hearing about her experience in an academic chemistry career!
We are teaming up with Dr. Glen Loppnow to bring to you the very FIRST Chemistry Department Teaching Circle Discussion. These meetings are meant to be informal discussions around various teaching topics that we may encounter in our graduate careers.
Topic: Tips: Teaching for Diversity When: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm OR Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 am – 12 pm Where: W4-04 Chemistry Centre
Lunch will be provided to attendees thanks to the Vertigo Teaching Chair; however, spots are limited.
Please fill out this google form to indicate your preferred date and any dietary restrictions!
Our Co-Chairs have been working behind the scenes for several months and we are happy to share some exciting news..
Lead by the efforts of Anika Tarasewicz, three WIC chapters from the Universities of Toronto, Saskatchewan, and Alberta have come together to form a Canada-wide network! The Canadian Women in Chemistry Network, or CWIC for short, will be a supporting community which promotes inclusion, equity, and diversity in chemical sciences across Canada. This initiative will serve as encouragement for new chapters to form as well as help enrich the existing collaborations amongst our three chapters.
We are excited to see what the future holds for CWIC! Learn more by checking out our website and follow us on Twitter!
We are happy to announce Karen Hoy will be joining the 2018/2019 UAWIC Executive Team as our Media Relations Officer. We also are glad to welcome General Members Michelle Ha, Hansol Park, Kleinberg Fernandes, Sarah Milliken and Tania Gautman to the team!
If you are interested in learning what WIC is all about, we encourage you to attend one of our biweekly meetings! The meetings for fall semester will take place on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm in CCIS 3-003 starting this week on Wednesday September 19th.