This exciting series features women scientists who are making important contributions to the world of Science. Join us to learn about their exploration into the fields of Public Health, Physics, Planetary Science, Animal Research, Medical Biology and Zoology! Also discussed will be the prejudices experienced of being women in science.
Series Coordinators: Joan Irvine, Diane MacIntyre, Carol Mair
Deva-Lynn Pokiak and Sonja Ostertag will present on their experiences as women in Arctic science. Deva-Lynn was raised in Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), Northwest Territories, and has extensive experience and knowledge travelling and harvesting in the ISR. Sonja has conducted research in the communities of Inuvik, Paulatuk and Tuktoyaktuk and has camped with families in the ISR whenever possible. Deva-Lynn and Sonja are committed to research and monitoring that supports ecosystem and human health in the ISR.
Mentors and families play an important role in navigating the cultural and systemic challenges faced by women in research and harvesting activities. Trusting relationships are critical in arctic research. Deva-Lynn was raised in Tuktoyaktuk and coordinates community-based monitoring in her community and the surrounding area. Her connection to her community greatly improves her ability to lead community-based monitoring. For Sonja, camping with harvesters and their families in isolated and remote camps has fostered relationships that span generations, knowledge-systems and tremendous geographic distances. Raising children while being committed to community-based research in the Arctic is challenging and very rewarding. It is likely that being a woman has played a critical role in strengthening relationships, which are at the heart of high quality research and monitoring in Inuit Nunangat.
Deva-Lynn Pokiak is a harvester and community-based environmental monitor from Tuktoyaktuk. Deva-Lynn will speak about the traditional knowledge passed down to her from her father. She wil speak about her experience as a harvester and the importance of bringing together traditional knowledge and western science to monitor and harvest local animals.
Dr. Sonja Ostertag is a CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She has fifteen years of community-based research experience in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), Northwest Territories. Sonja’s research interests are at the intersection of human and ecosystem health. She is currently co-leading research in the ISR that celebrates the benefits of locally harvested foods (i.e., country foods) and responds to community questions about the safety and quality of store-bought and country foods.
Enjoy a guided tour through quantum wonderland. This is the story of Dr. Ghose's journey through the strange, invisible world of atoms and photons, and the surprising lessons learned about science and about being a scientist. Your journey will include an introduction to the quantum world, an exploration of the quantum technology landscape, and a glimpse into its impact on science and society.
Dr. Ghose wanted to be an explorer like Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to go to space. She hasn’t made it to space yet, but she did become an explorer of the quantum world as a physics professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the recipient of several honours including a TED Senior Fellowship and selection to the College of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2019, she was among 25 women scientists worldwide featured in a UNESCO exhibit in Paris.
Northern Canada has incredibly varied landscapes, all of which are changing fast from both climate change and human development. Conserving these ecosystems requires site-specific knowledge about biodiversity patterns and processes, which is often lacking in the North, hindering effective planning and management.
Kristen Reid’s research aims to understand the current state of novel ecological communities throughout Yukon (those which have not previously existed at this latitude) and to make predictions about where future novelty will occur. In this talk she will summarize her Northern-based research and its implications for future policy changes and land uses, as well as the continued need for conservation advocacy throughout Canada but especially in the North.
Kristen Reid is currently a PhD Candidate in the Departmetn of Geography at Memorial University where she is studing biodiversity patterns in the western Canadian subarctic. She is a 2019-2021 Wildlife Conservation Society Weston Fellow and a 2019-2021 Weston Family Scientist. She completed her MSc in Integrative Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied the response of boreal forests in the Northwest Territories to extreme fire events. She received her BSc in Biology from the University of Ottawa and completed her honours thesis on patterns of tree growth in the Northwest Territories. She loves hiking, biking and skiing and is happiest when exploring northern ecosystems.
In 1956, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip, 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome.
For three decades, Dr. Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by giraffologists and not just brought back into the fold, but finally celebrated for her work. While toting her memoir recounting her seminal journey, Pursuing Giraffe: A 1950s Adventure, Anne caught the attention of filmmaker Alison Reid which resulted in the award-winning feature documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.
Please join Dr Dagg and her daughter Mary to share details about the film, giraffes, Anne’s life and what’s happening now.
One week prior to the lecture, the movie will be made available to all members (who have purchased a ticket) via an email which will include the link and password to the film. The email will be sent on Wednesday, February 2nd. Viewers will be able to watch the movie as many times as they like but will be asked not to share the link to anyone else. The password to see the movie will expire on Thursday, February 10th.
After watching the movie, viewers can send their questions to “email@example.com” so they can be addressed during the presentation.
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg has written over 20 books throughout her life and has covered such topics as animals, ecology and feminism. In 2020 the Governor General of Canada awarded Anne the Order of Canada. She continues to write books and contribute to research and is an active member of her community in Waterloo Ontario.
This talk will focus on lunar exploration in the past, present and future. It will cover the top 10 scientific discoveries by the Apollo missions, current lunar missions and their most significant discoveries, ending with an overview of the upcoming lunar missions in the public and private sectors.
Dr. Sara Mazrouei is a planetary scientist, an educational developer, and a science communicator with a passion for sharing the wonders of the universe with the public. Her PhD research focused on the recent bombardment history of the Moon and links to future sample-return missions. She is currently an Educational Developer at Ryerson University's Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Dr. Laneuville's research interest lies in the understanding of the body’s response to an extended period of immobility and the resulting severe functional decline. Her group participates in both clinical and experimental studies aimed at elucidating the genetic events leading to deconditioning and the identification of biomarkers. Findings from three research models will be presented; hospital-acquired deconditioning, bedrest studies, and astronauts.
Dr. Odette Laneuville holds a PhD in Pharmacology and is currently a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa. She directs a research program aimed at elucidating the biological response to extended immobility and induced deconditioning at the molecular and genetic levels.