SCWIST May 2014 Newsletter

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

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


MAY 2014

Message from the President

Our May SCWIST board meeting was mostly about the upcoming AGM which will take place on June 18th at the Brock House in Point Grey. To prepare for the AGM, we reviewed the YTD financial report, went through the AGM check list and discussed each of the director’s report, all of which are for building the AGM package that will be sent to our members two weeks prior to the AGM as in accordance to our organization’s bylaws.
That said, the month has had a few more highlights for me that I’d like to share with you. ... read more

Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Award

Our President presented the SCWIST Award at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair to winner, Chloe Chen with her project “A Better Wind Turbine - The C Airfoil”. Congratulations, Chole! We look forward to a more efficient wind more

SCWIST Mentorship Project Update

Thank you to over 120 of you who provided feedback in the last survey that will help to determine the core components of the first version of the Make Possible mentorship website. Congrats to 2 winners who won one year of SCWIST membership for filling out the survey!

The Make Possible prototype will be tested this summer, and then launched to a broader user group later this fall and winter. Also coming this fall, are full day workshops for women in technology to develop leadership and other relevant skills.

Look for SCWIST at Science Fair Fun Run

A team of SCWIST directors/volunteers and family will be running the 5K this Sunday at the Science Fair Fun Run. We will also host a table filled with fun scientific activities. Look for us in our SCWIST T-shirts!

Event Recap

Intro to Mindfulness

Marian Smith, the speaker for “Introduction to Mindfulness”, took us through a journey of quiet self-reflection and injected the right amount of up-to-date research findings on the benefits of the practice of mindfulness. The class ended with a ten minutes meditation practice that embodies the teachings of mindfulness and everyone left happily rejuvenated. It was a positive experience for all and we look forward to engaging with Marian in future workshops!

Café Scientifique: Breast & Ovarian Cancer – Not Only a Disease for Older Women

On May 8, IWIS hosted its 4th Café Scientifique this year where Drs. Marilyn Borugian and Calvin Roskelley shared a wealth of knowledge on breast and ovarian cancer including on how to interpret cancer studies, factors influencing breast cancer, and a timelapse movie showing behavior of cancer cells. read more.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

It was a beautiful sunny day, 9 people signed up and 7 people attended; Joe and Pat volunteered their car for transporting bags of waste. Stephanie and Vladimirka supplied trash bags, and most people brought their own gloves. The team spent 2 hours of intense garbage hunting, bagging and note-taking. read more.

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SCWIST Upcoming Events

Annual General Meeting

  • Date: June 18, 2014
  • Time: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Place: Brock House Vancouver
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IWIS: Deciphering Canadian Culture

  • Date: June 03, 2014
  • Time: 6 - 8 pm
  • Place: The Wicklow Pub
  • Speaker: Lorraine Graves
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Tools for Transitions Workshop Series

  • Date: Coming in September
  • Time: TBD
  • Place: YWCA 525 Hornby St.
  • Speaker: Sally Halliday
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Community Events

Businesswomen in Tech (VEF)

  • Date: May 27, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Place: VIFF’s Vancity Theatre

Who and what are inspiring women Entrepreneurs? What are the stepping stones to success? The panel will also discuss the constraints and challenges faced along the way.

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FWE 2014 Garden Party

  • Date: June 16, 2014
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Place: Roundhouse Community Centre

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in BC (FWE) is hosting a party that you won’t want to miss.

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