February 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


February 2014

Message from the President


As SCWIST’s Board of Directors and members gear up for one of the most exciting years for our organization, I am honoured to be called upon to take over the role of Acting President by our Board of Directors, after the resilient leadership of recent past presidents, Rosine Hage-Moussa and Maria Issa.

SCWIST has a strong presence in our local society through events and activities such as ms infinity (for young girls), IWIS (for immigrant women), XX Evening (connecting new university graduates with experts), the Brown Bag Series, student scholarships and more. 32 years after it was founded by a group of scientists and engineers to support girls and women involved in engineering, science and technology, we now have a great opportunity for SCWIST to engage more strongly with our community through the Status of Women Program funded…read more

Opportunities to volunteer with SCWIST

Are you looking to expand your leadership skills and develop meaningful networks in a supportive, nurturing environment? SCWIST is the place for you! Whether you have little or plenty of time, want to help with big or small events, we have a position for you! We will find a role that tailors to your need and fits your schedule. We are here to help you reach your potential. Email [email protected] today!

From the Blog

Updates from Ms Infinity


It’s only one month into 2014 and already ms infinity is having a great year! We held two events in January and are gearing up for another in February, and then eMentoring will be starting before we know it! On January 18, we partnered with the YWCA High School Mentorship Program to hold a STEM-focussed… read more

Event recap – New Year Party

What a fun night it turned out to be at SCWIST New Year Party! We had almost 50 guests including some of the SCWIST founders, current members and new members! The venue at UWCV Hycroft was lovely, food was delectable and the energy… read more

Event recap – Nuts and Bones

On January 16, IWIS hosted the first Cafe Scientifique to discuss the risk factors and preventive strategies of osteoporosis.

Dr. Jerilynn Prior, a Professor of Endocrinology at UBC, gave a presentation titled “Ovulatory disturbances and understanding how to prevent premenopausal bone loss”. She started her talk by discussing the changes in bone density throughout women’s life. Bone density increases steadily during adolescent and peaks around the age of 25. According to the findings conducted by…read more

Event recap – Getting to the Heart

On February 6, IWIS hosted the second Cafe Scientifique to discuss the risk factors and preventive strategies of cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Gordon Francis, the Director at the Healthy Heart Program Prevention Clinic, shared his research related to the etiology of atherosclerotic plaque, and understanding whether increasing high density lipoproteins (HDL), also known as the “good cholesterols”, can protect us against heart diseases. read more

Community Outreach


Science Fair Foundation Fun Run, May 25, Flase Creek area

Join the SCWIST team in the largest timed 5K fun run in BC. Discount registration for SCWIST members! Email [email protected] for more information.
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DAWEG WIE Vancouver Networking Event, Mar 7, 6:30 – 9 pm, YMCA Downtown

Take your career into your own hands and venture into the world of entrepreneurship! read more

SBN Biotech Expo & Conference 2014, Feb 26, 5:30 – 10 pm, The Sutton Place Hotel

Great opportunity to learn about potential careers and interact with some of the leaders in life sciences here in BC! read more

Share your ideas with us, be it a suggestion for a SCWIST event or a topic for our newsletter, share them at [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

SCWIST Brown Bag Series

Measure Your Success: Evaluating Your Progress


  • Feb 26, 2014
  • Time: 12:15 -1:45pm
  • Place: UBC Point Grey Campus, Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre (Room 225)
  • Speaker: Ms. Michelle Berner

Come to learn how to highlight your achievements and identify your strengths and weakness.

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XX Event

  • Date: March 5, 2014
  • Time: 5:15 – 9:30 pm
  • Place: TELUS World of Science

How to Survive & Thrive in Your Chosen Science & Technology Career – A women-only evening of networking and lively discussions for women entering science careers.

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Tour of Triumf

  • Date: March 1, 2014
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Place: TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
  • Speech: Dr. Lia

Visit one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories, right here, in Vancouver!

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IWIS + CIHR- Café Scientifique –

Cancer Prevention: It Is Not Just Your Genes!

  • Date: April 3, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Place: The Wicklow Pub

Speakers: Drs. Carolyn Gotay and John Spinelli, Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC

Watch out for an email invite, so you can register for this event.

Watch for “Chemistry of Beer” Round 2!

This event held in January was so popular and tasty that we are planning a round 2! Stay tuned!

Watch for our “Volunteer Appreciation Event”

The SCWIST Board of directors would like to show all of our volunteers our deep appreciation for the time, energy, passion and laughter they have shared with us. Without them, SCWIST would not be possible. Details to follow!

Job Board


  • Position Title: Biosolids Project Coordinator
  • Organization: Metro Vancouver www.metrovancouver.org
  • Location: Metro Vancouver Head Office, Burnaby, BC
  • Wage: $37.55 /hr.
  • Closing Date: February 26, 2014

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