April 2014 Newsletter

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Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

Promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science and technology


APRIL 2014

Message from the President

In case you ever wondered how things at SCWIST get done, we actually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:15 pm until about 10 pm! One might think it’s challenging to sit in a meeting for another 4 hours after a long day of work, but let me tell you, I have much more energy at the end of the night…

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Are you a BCIT alumni, faculty, staff, or student? Would you like to help co-sponsor a BCIT-SCWIST program? Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Congrats to SCWIST Director of Outreach

Dr. Sandy Eix, our SCWIST Board Director and Science Learning Lead at Science World at Telus World of Science, was awarded distinguished science alumna of University of Waterloo, and in her honour, Science World was lit up in Sandy’s favorite color – purple!

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SCWIST Mentorship Project Update

We would like to thank the SCWIST volunteers who have already been actively collaborating with the project team during the February needs assessment and branding workshops, and also thank those of you who completed the baseline survey sent out in early March. We are currently collecting important feedback on the functional needs for the mentorship website and hope that you will provide your valuable input through the survey that was recently sent out… read more

Event Recap

Café Scientifique: Cancer Prevention: It’s not just your genes

On April 3 2014, IWIS hosted the third Cafe Scientifique to discuss the risks factors and preventive strategies of cancer. Our first speaker, Dr. Carolyn Gotay, a Professor at UBC and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention, shared important facts related to cancer prevalence and incidence in Canada. Dr. John Spinelli, our second speaker, is a Professor at UBC and Department Head at Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer Research Centre, he began his presentation with information regarding the importance of the environment in cancer causation, pointing out that 40-60% of cancer cases are explained by known causes… read more

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SCWIST Upcoming Events

Introduction to Mindfulness

  • Date: April 24, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Place: YWCA Downtown Vancouver
  • Speakers: Marian Smith

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IWIS + CIHR: Café Scientifique – Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Not only a disease for older women

  • Date: May 08, 2014
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Place: The Wicklow Pub
  • Speakers: Drs. Marilyn Boruglan and Calvin Roskelley of UBC

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Science Fair Fun Run

Join SCWIST Directors and their families for this 5K run on May 25 in the False Creek Area! Email [email protected] to register.



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