LOGIC 2018 Workshop Facilitators: Edna Dach & Kandis Neth

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LOGIC 2018 will feature two WinSETT Centre workshops focused on introduction to negotiation and mentors vs sponsors. We are excited to have Edna Dach and Kandis Neth facilitate this learning opportunity for our attendees.

Edna Dach, M. Ed., PMP
Alberta & Prairies Facilitator, WinSETT Centre

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Edna Dach has extensive experience working in the education field as Director of Technology Services for Elk Island Public Schools and as Education Manager for Alberta Education. She is a recognized presenter and has shared her experiences to a wide variety of audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

In recognition of her work, the Education Technology Council, Alberta Teachers Association presents an annual award, “The ETC Edna Dach Educator of the Year Award ” to a classroom teacher and/or technology leader in an educational setting who works to promote technology in education through leadership in educational technology.

Edna works with a variety of boards including WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology), WITT (Women in Trades and Technology) and SkillsCanada Alberta.  She has been recognized with the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community and volunteer work.


Kandis Neth, P. Eng., EMR
Western Canada Facilitator, WinSETT Centre

President & CEO, R3K Consulting, and PeerSparkTM Facilitator, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)
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Kandis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, with a specialization in Chemical Engineering (Co-op) and is certified as a Master Instructor and Adult Educator from NAIT. Kandis is an avid life-long learner and has found her passion in facilitating adults, so much so that she is currently completing her Master of Education, specializing in Adult Education. Kandis continues to maintain her licenses as both a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

In addition to a career working mainly as a project manager with global engineering organizations, Kandis received extensive training on communication, leadership, and crisis intervention during her time as a volunteer with the Edmonton Police Service’s Victim Services Unit. Currently, Kandis’ career is specifically focused towards course design, development, and delivery (training and facilitation) primarily contracting through her own consulting company, R3K Consulting.

In 2018, Kandis was thrilled to become a regional facilitator of WinSETT Centre’s Western Canadian Leadership program. This role allows her to follow her passion of supporting women in maximizing both their personal and professional potential.


LOGIC Invited Speaker: Dr. Raychelle Burks

Image result for raychelle burks We are very excited to announce our invited speaker for Sunday morning: Dr. Raychelle Burks!

Dr. Raychelle Burks is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Dr. Burks completed her BSc in Chemistry at Northern Iowa University in 2001, her MSc in Forensic Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2008, and her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Nebraska in 2011. She then took up the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate at Doane College, where she also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor until 2016.

An analytical chemist with crime lab experience, Dr. Burks is focused on creating low-cost colorimetric sensors for detecting chemicals of forensic interest including explosives and illicit drugs. To maximize portability, Dr. Burks’ group utilizes smart phones, along with image analysis, to maximize the field readiness of developed sensor systems. A chemistry enthusiast, Dr. Burks hopes to ignite her students’ appreciation of chemistry through innovative projects, multi-media education tools, and probably far too many pop culture references. She help create and organize SciPop Talks!, a popular talk series blending science and pop culture. Dr. Burks is a popular science communicator, appearing on the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, ACS Reactions videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts, and at genre conventions such as DragonCon and GeekGirlCon.

You can check out one of her recent videos here and learn all about whiskey! Don’t miss what is sure to be an exciting seminar by Dr. Burks – register before April 24th!

LOGIC 2018 Panelist: Dr. Lisa A. Shipley

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We are excited to continue introducing our invited speakers for LOGIC 2018! Dr. Lisa A. Shipley will be joining our Sunday morning panel taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre. Don’t miss your chance to hear about her fascinating career path – register via the CSC website before April 24th!

Dr. Shipley is Vice President of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism in Merck Research Laboratories. She is responsible for the all Preclinical ADME, Bioanalytics and Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics activities at Merck research sites and support of all programs from discovery through post product launch.  Prior to joining Merck in 2008, Dr. Shipley spent the over 20 years at Eli Lilly and Company in roles of increasing responsibility including the positions of executive director, Lean Six Sigma and vice president Drug Disposition, PK/PD and Trial Simulations. Dr. Shipley obtained her undergraduate degree from McDaniel College and her doctoral degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her postdoctoral training was conducted at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a National Research Council Fellow elucidating the metabolism and pharmacokinetics of antileishmanial and antimalarial drugs under development by the U.S. Army.

Dr. Shipley has authored or co-authored three book chapters, over 25 journal articles, 40 abstracts on drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, analytical assay development, and drug disposition and has been granted five patents. She has chaired sessions at the Gordon Research Conference in Drug Metabolism, the Society of Toxicology, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, International Conference on Drug Development, PhRMA workshops and the Drug Information Association. She has served as the chair of the Drug Metabolism Technical Group within the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association (2007-09), a member of the IQ Consortium and as a member of the International Society of  the Study of Xenobiotics Council (2010-12). She has also served as a reviewer for Drug Metabolism and Disposition, Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the Journal of Chromatography and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, and a lecturer for the University of Indiana School of Medicine and Purdue University. She was awarded the 2000-2001 Chairman’s Ovation Award for leadership in motivating and developing people, the LRL President’s Award for Diversity in 2007, the Chairman’s Award in Environmental Health and Safety in 2013 and was awarded the NAFE Women of Excellence Healthcare Champion in 2017.

LOGIC 2018 Invited Speaker: Dr. David W. Norman

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We are very pleased to announce that Dr. David W. Norman will be joining us for LOGIC 2018 to share how the Eastman Chemical Company has been promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

David W. Norman was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. He presently resides in Kingsport, Tennessee as the Technology Manager for the Specialty Plastics business in Eastman Chemical Company, which entails portfolio management for a $1.3 billion growth business and strategic input on organic and inorganic investment decisions. David is also enjoying the role of Planning Co-chair for Eastman’s upcoming Global Innovation Summit. From late 2014 to early 2018 David served as Group Leader for Eastman’s Electronic Films Applications Research laboratory, which developed polymers for electronic display optical compensation, and conductive films for biosensor electrodes, photovoltaics, touch screens, and other optoelectronic devices. Prior to this role, David was an External Innovation Manager at the Eastman Innovation Center in Raleigh, NC, which launched a novel Open Innovation model in 2013 to develop diverse research portfolios with NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill. Before relocating to North Carolina, David served as a research chemist from 2008 to 2013 in the Eastman Research Division, where he developed new catalysts and pilot engineering processes for commercial scale hydrogenation, carbonylation, hydroformylation, and condensation chemistry.

Prior to his Eastman career, David completed a jointly funded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Royal Society USA/Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship position at The University of Bristol, England with Paul G. Pringle. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006 under the supervision of Jeffrey M. Stryker at The University of Alberta, where he also co-founded and chaired the 1st Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology in 2001 from Mount Allison University under the supervision of Steve Westcott. David is passionate about commercializing technologies in emerging and established markets, creating strategic internal and external partnerships, developing the talent of others, and building diverse high performance cultures. He has thirteen publications, twenty issued US patents, three children, one wife, and seven goldfish.

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Crochet Workshop – Make Your Own Glassware

Join us for a fun evening of crocheting and camaraderie with fellow members of the Women in Chemistry Group. No prior knowledge is necessary, as we will have an instructor present to teach all the beginners! Registration fee includes workshop kit, an instructor, and some light snacks.

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: Chemistry Lounge (E4-43)
Registration Fee: $15

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UAlberta Faculty Panel Discussion


The UAlberta Women in Chemistry invites you to a Panel Discussion with our very own Department of Chemistry faculty. Please join us on Wednesday, Mar 14 in E4-43 at 9:30 am for a frank discussion on life in academia. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served.

Our panel discussion will be composed of:

UAlberta Staff Panel Discussion


The UAlberta Women in Chemistry invites you to a Panel Discussion with our very own Department of Chemistry staff. Please join us on Tuesday, Jan 30 in E4-43 at 10 am for a frank discussion on different career pathways in chemistry. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served.

Our panel discussion will be composed of:

Anna Jordan, B.Sc. “The American University in Cairo”, Cairo, Egypt
M.Sc. (Physical Chemistry) “Washington State University”, Pullman, Washington, U.S.A.
Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) “University of Alberta”, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Physical Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Alberta till mid 2017
Volunteer Graduate Thesis Editor for Students whose Native Language is not English.

Michele Richards, received her B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996, her M.Sc. in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Prof. Samuel H. Gellman, and, after a period in industry, her Ph.D. in 2012 with Prof. Todd L. Lowary at the University of Alberta. Michele is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Alberta Glycomics Centre working with Prof. Christopher W. Cairo and Prof. John S. Klassen; her research focuses on molecular dynamics simulations of glycolipids, glycoproteins, and glycosyl hydrolase enzymes.

Leah Veinot, grew up in Vancouver, B.C. where she graduated from UBC with her B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1994. In 1997, after completing a Masters degree in Atmospheric Chemistry, from York University, she started working as an application specialist for Brinkmann Instruments Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario (now part of Metrohm). About a year later she realized her dream of becoming an instructor when she received a teaching position at Seneca College in Toronto. When her family moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA shortly thereafter she again worked in industry, this time as an application scientist with Mettler-Toledo Bohdan. Over the past 15 years she has worked in academics and raised 3 children. She has worked as an instructor at UofA (lab), Grant MacEwan (lab), and NAIT (lab and lecture) and for the past 3 years she has worked in administration, as the ATUMS program coordinator.

Sexual Harassment Workshop

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The UAlberta Women in Chemistry will be hosting a Sexual Harassment Workshop on January 16, 2018 in E3-25 at noon 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:

  • Sexual harassment in the context of rape culture
  • The definition of sexual harassment
  • Different examples and types of sexual harassment
  • Common responses to harassment and the impact that it can have on individuals
  • How to support someone experiencing harassment, and general information about the informal and formal compliant processes on campus

Please consider attending and bringing your colleagues along. Join the conversation and help us become part of the solution.

Meet & Greet: Drs. Helen O. Leung and Mark D. Marshall (Amherst College)

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The UAlberta WIC group invites you to join us for a meet and greet session in E3-25 with Dr. Helen O. Leung and Dr. Mark D. Marshall on Thursday, Jan 11 at 12:00 pm. In this informal discussion, you will get the chance to talk to Dr. Leung and Dr. Marshall about career paths in science. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion while enjoying complimentary pizza lunch. Please RSVP, if you are interested in attending.

LOGIC 2018 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Mita Dasog

We are pleased to announce one of our plenary speakers for LOGIC 2018 – Dr. Mita Dasog from Dalhousie University!
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Dr. Mita Dasog obtained her Bachelors of Science in 2009 from the University of Saskatchewan. She then moved to the University of Alberta to begin her Doctoral studies with Dr. Jonathan Veinot where she focused on the syntheses, properties, and applications of silicon based nano/micromaterials and thin films. After a short stay at Technical University of Munich as a Green Talents visiting scholar, Dr. Dasog went on to hold an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Nathan Lewis at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied the interaction of light with semiconductors. She joined the Dalhousie University Chemistry Department in July 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

Since beginning her independent career in 2016, Prof. Dasog’s research interests include the solid-state synthesis of functional nanomaterials, mesostructures for solar light harvesting, and printable thin conducting oxide (TCO) nanoparticle inks. Dasog has received numerous awards including the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC) Chemistry Doctoral Award, the CSC Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry, a “Top 25” Global Young Scientists in Sustainable Research award sponsored by the German Federal Ministry, and was recently listed among top 150 Canadian women in STEM fields by hEr_VOLUTION, a non-profit organization.

She will be joining us on Saturday May 26th to share her inspiring path to a career in chemistry. Registration for LOGIC 2018 is now open, sign up here!