Pie-ing Around!

WIC had the pleasure of hosting Pi Day on March 14th, 2019. The event was hosted in our very own Chemistry Lounge and had a huge turnout, for both people and pies! With a total of 75 of undergraduate and graduate students, professors, and support staff of all genders – we managed to have a pie-errifc day!

This opportunity allowed all members of our Chemistry department to come together and foster a sense of community and well-being, encouraging communication between all members of our department. Our attendees were happy for a short break in their day, a delicious snack baked by our talented chefs, and viewing or participating in the pie-in-the-face silent auction, where several brave people volunteered to be pied in the face in the spirit of 3.14! We hope this event allowed people from all backgrounds to come together to share and talk about their experiences in a friendly and fun environment. 

We would like to thank all our amazing volunteers who helped out for this fundraising event from setting up, baking a pie, or getting pied! This event was such a success thanks to your efforts and we look forward to hosting it again next year. 

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Career Panel

UAlberta WIC and the CIC Edmonton section invites you to an evening of informal discussions on chemistry careers. Tickets are $5, refreshments provided.

Our panelists are:

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Christina Gonzalez, Research Scientist at Applied Quantum Materials
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Ronda Gras, Associate R&D Scientist at Dow Canada
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Shoma Sinha,
Sr. Advisor in Advance Technologies at Government of Alberta

The event will take place Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Dewey’s (Old power plant), U of A campus.

Please RSVP and get your online tickets here.

Tickets are redeemable for your choice of beverage.

Thank you so much to our sponsors:

Royal Society of Chemistry                                              CIC Edmonton
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IUPAC Women’s Breakfast

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.

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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!

 

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Free Craft Night

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.

Meet & Greet: Dr. Katherine S. Elvira (UVic)

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!

Bystander Intervention Workshop

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.

Meet & Greet: Dr. Susan Lunte (UKansas)

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!

Canadian Women in Chemistry Network!

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!