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December 2013

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Article: For Girls in STEM, Belonging, Not Brain Structure, Makes the Difference

Stephanie Kelly’s article finds that a sense of belonging is imperative to attracting girls to STEM programs, and that there is no evidence for claims that brains of men and women are “hardwired” differently. “Both science and women lose when stereotypes ‘serve as unnecessary gatekeepers’ to educational pursuits, writes Cordelia Fine in the book, Delusions […]

Jan 20: SCWIST “The Chemistry of Beer”

The Society of Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) presents “The Chemistry of Beer: Why it looks and tastes the way it does – for the layperson and scientist.” This talk is for men and women, laypersons and scientists, brew masters and beer lovers. Food and drink will be served, and there will be […]

Articles:  “Unconscious Bias” and “Mentoring Works”

Articles: “Unconscious Bias” and “Mentoring Works”

WWEST has published two White Papers, and posted them on our webpage. “Unconscious Bias” addresses the assumptions and conclusions we jump to without thinking. Several studies demonstrate the impact unconscious bias can have on the hiring process, particularly for women. For example, to be seen as equally “competent” by reviewers, female researchers need to publish 3 more articles in Nature/Science, or 20 […]

Congratulations to Amiee Chan, chosen as one of Canada’s “100 Most Powerful Women”

The National Post and the Women’s Executive Network have chosen Amiee Chan as one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada. Amiee Chan, a keynote speaker at WWEST’s Creating Connections conference last May, is the CEO and president of Norsat International Inc.  She is an engineer and mentor to women interested in science and technology […]

Dec 19: CanWIT Holiday Networking Event

Network with other professional women in the technology community and learn about CanWIT’s exciting programs for the new year. During the event, CanWIT would like to hear from you about your interests and suggestions for future workshops. Be sure to bring your business card for door prizes. Date:    Thursday, December 19, 2013 Time:   […]

Article: How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates–Fast

A recent Wall Street Journal article details how Harvey Mudd College has quadrupled its women computer-science graduates in just six years, showing how quickly a concerted effort by one organization can shift the gender balance in STEM. Approaches include: making computer science more interesting for freshmen who come in with non-technical backgrounds tackling the topic of self-doubt in […]

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