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Canadian Women of Innovation

Check out this virtual exhibition from Canada’s Science and Technology called, “Canadian Women of Innovation.” This online space highlights the contributions and achievements of Canadian women who have changed the face of science as well as historical moments and events that have marked the lives of Canadians. The website also features career possibilities and interesting links about programs, projects, and games for girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to inspire young women to pursue a career and to encourage them learn more about STEM.
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This is what a scientist looks like

This Is What A Scientist Looks Like is a project developed to challenge the stereotypical perception of a scientist.

There is no single clear-cut path to becoming a scientist. A scientist can come from any background.

There is no cookie-cutter mold of what a scientist looks like. A scientist can look like you, or can look like me.

There is no rule that scientists can’t be multidimensional and can’t have fun.

Have fun checking out all the photos of scientists on the site now!

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Yes, it’s true, I love what I do!

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Engineer Your Life

ScienceGirl totally recommends checking this site out!

What’s your idea of a dream job? Check out www.EngineerYourLife.org to learn about the many cool jobs in engineering, the inspiring experiences of women engineers, what it’s like to be a student in an engineering program, and how you can get started on this exciting career path.

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What do you like best about Science?

ScienceGirl caught up with Dr. Catherine Anderson at the Geneskool summer camp at AMBL, a fun outreach program where students get to try molecular biology techniques. ScienceGirl asked a bunch of questions about what Catherine likes best about her job in science.

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ScienceGirl asked: What is Geneskool?
The Geneskool summer workshop is a week-long program where high school students collect evidence at a crime scene on Mondays, analyze their evidence Tuesday to Thursday, and then present their case on Friday. It is a lot of fun! We have just finished our first week for this summer and every group convinced a jury with their evidence that their suspect was guilty.

Did you like Science in highschool?
I didn’t like science in high school. There was all this great information at the end of the textbooks but we never got there – too busy memorizing lists of boring stuff. I liked the material, just not the classes. Once I got to university, I loved the freedom to think about all these great experiments.

What kind of Scientist are you now? What do you do for a job?
I’m trained in Medical Genetics and most of work now is teaching. I teach for the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine at UBC. Plus, I run education programs for Genome BC, including the Geneskool program.

What do you like best about your job in Science?
I love the variety of my job; I learn something new every day. There are so many great things happening in science and I feel lucky to have the job of understanding and explaining new ideas.
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I also love the flexibility of my job. For example, I can rearrange my schedule to allow me to visit places like the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.?????? ??? ??????? ??????

Talking about Science

There’s more to a scientist than just a curious spirit and a knack for carrying out experiments. In fact, one of the most important skills a scientist needs is the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.

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Jennifer Gardy is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. Today, she talks to ScienceGirl.Org about how communication is important for a scientist and how some people do it for a living!

Communication skills are required at every step of your research. First, if you’ve got a hypothesis you want to test, you need to be able to explain it to your supervisor and to the agencies that fund research in order to get the money and permission you need to move forward with your experiment. During the project, you need to be able to communicate with your fellow experimenters to make sure things are running smoothly and everyone’s on the same page. When the project is complete and you’ve made some great insight, you need to publish your result in a scientific journal so your colleagues can benefit from the knowledge you’ve discovered, and you often travel to conferences to give presentations on your work. If what you’ve done has an impact on the public, you’re often asked to talk about your work to them too, on television, through newspaper articles, or in public lectures.

As you can see, communicating science can take many forms – from writing a proposal or a journal article to talking to an audience of fellow scientists to explaining your work to a public who is not at all familiar with what you do. While this communication is a huge part of what scientists do every day, science communication can also be a full-time job!

Many scientists find the communication aspect of their job so rewarding that they decide to embark upon a science communications career full-time. For those that choose to make this switch, the career possibilities are endless. Continue reading →

Changing the Face of Science

Featured in this booklet are some of the UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellows. These highly talented women are a vibrant reflection of the diversity found at all levels of modern science: diversity of research subjects, diversity of approaches, and diversity of the profiles of these young women who have in common a passion for science.
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The Life of a Microbiologist

Many people think that being a microbiologist means that you sit in a lab (alone) in a white coat with your nose down a microscope all day long.  Good think that’s not usually the case (or I’d have gone crazy a LONG time ago!)  I’m actually an environmental microbiologist which means that I study microbes that live in the environment- in my case, the ocean!  I love my job because I get to go out to sea on research cruises at least three times a year, and there are lots of opportunities to travel to exotic places to take samples of microbes and microbial DNA to bring back to the lab for study.  Some of my colleagues study microbes in soils, lakes, sediments, tar ponds, acid mines, and pretty much any part of the environment you can imagine, which means they get to combine travel and field work with their studies as well.  There is still lots of lab work to be done once we get back loaded down with samples, as well as bioinformatics (computer analysis, usually of DNA sequences) so work never gets boring with so many different things to do!  Check out a few pictures from my most recent trips to sea, and feel free to contact me if you want to learn more about the good life as a microbiologist!

Jody Wright is a PhD student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. ScienceGirl says thanks, Jody, for telling us what it’s like to be a scientist.

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