Sunday, March 22, 2009

A talk I'm really excited about

Ever wondered about what women encounter working in science and engineering?

One of our upcoming CU-WISE events is a talk by Dr. Christine Waechter. I got a chance to talk with her at Ottawa U after Dr. Tamaki Sato's talk.

Most of us only know our own experiences in technology, plus some tales from our friends. Some of us have been lucky and seen few problems in our careers. However, it's hard to draw conclusions based on such a tiny sample size. But Dr. Waechter has been going around gathering stories from women all over the place, and she's learned some things that are pretty surprising. I suspect she's managed to get stories that don't show up in the polls and statistics, and she's got some theories that make a lot of sense, including why a lot of people don't know the whole story.

I highly recommend this lecture to both men and women interested in what's really going on with women in science and engineering. (Perhaps even especially to the men!) It'll be an eye-opening talk!

Edit: the talk is Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 4:30-6:00 pm, 5115HP (Herzberg Laboratories) Carleton University.


Barbora Dej said...

I can't wait to hear her talk. I can tell we're going to have some great discussions!