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UBC Engineering CSL Special Lecture: Senator Lillian Dyck, Scientific Thinking: Traditional, Feminist and Aboriginal, May 24, 3pm.

Come out to the Global Engineering Leadership Course Special Lecture Series at UBC and hear our distinguished speakers discuss issues surrounding engineering, appropriate technology, knowledge, communication and understanding, and leadership in various contexts – global, development, community and service. The first speaker in the series is Senator Lillian Dyck, Ph.D., D.Litt.

Senator Dyck will be speaking to the topic “Approaches to Scientific Thinking: The Traditional, the Feminist and the Aboriginal.”

“In teaching and learning about various sciences, we do not typically examine our own personal approaches to science. I will briefly present three different ways of viewing and doing science – the   Traditional or Western view, the Feminist and the Aboriginal. In the Traditional approach, it is usually assumed the scientific knowledge is value free and that personal or cultural beliefs do not impact the  gathering of new knowledge or the application of scientific knowledge. In the Feminist approach, however, the androcentric or male bias in Traditional science is exposed as well as its hierarchical  approach. Feminist thinking has changed the way science is done. Finally, in the Aboriginal approach, the intuitive or spiritual aspects of thinking are fully acknowledged as part of science and seen as  necessary for truly creative science.”

Forest Sciences Centre, UBC
Room 1003
2424 Main Mall
V6T 1Z4

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Date and Time:
Tuesday May 24, 2011
3:00 pm

About the Speaker
Member of the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, and a first generation Chinese Canadian, Dr. Lillian Eva Quan Dyck is well-known as an advocate for women and Aboriginals and is a leading figure and role model in Canada’s scientific community.

She earned her B.A. (Honors, 1968), M.Sc. in Biochemistry (1970) and Ph.D. in Biological Psychiatry (1981) from the University of Saskatchewan. She was also conferred a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa by Cape Breton University in 2007. Dr. Dyck is now sits on the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, after retiring from her post as a Full Professor in the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit and Associate Dean at the College of Graduate Studies & Research.

Her numerous recognitions include: A National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Science and Technology in March 1999; A Saskatchewan First Nations Women of the Dawn Award in Science and Technology in October 2000 and A YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Science, Technology and the Environment in 2003 among many others.
We hope to see you there!

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