Roundtable with Dr. Mona Nemer

Contributed by JoAnn Chen, Monika Satkauskas, and Mireille Ghoussoub During a lunch break on 11 April 2019, Dr. Mona Nemer, Canada’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA), sat down with graduate students in Lash Miller, and engaged in a conversation that spanned from her own experience leading a cardiac biology research group…

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Round Table with Dr. Nicole Goodwin

Contributed by Mireille Ghoussoub “I have a tendency to focus on the things I suck at”, admits Nicole Goodwin, explaining that she decided to pursue organic chemistry after she received a B in her college course (it was her lowest mark). Though it might be an unconventional attitude, Goodwin’s steely…

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IUPAC Chemistry Breakfast

On February 12th, we joined the global chemistry community in hosting an informal breakfast for the entire Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto in celebration of IUPAC 100. Each campus showed their own unique personalities with varying breakfast offerings. In the downtown campus, pancakes were prepared and served with…

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Round Table with Prof. Mita Dasog

Contributed by Monika Satkauskas This year’s round table discussions began with Dr. Mita Dasog from Dalhousie University. After brief introductions, our conversation started with technical questions inspired from her research talk, “From Shake and Bake Chemistry to Water-Splitting Materials.” From there, we touched on a variety of topics ranging from…

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Round Table with Prof. Trisha Andrew

Prof. Trisha Andrew (image: lab website) Current location: Boston, MA Current work: Creating novel wearable electronics Hobby: Gardening Spirit animal: Pug Secret to Success: Confidence   WICTO had the pleasure to host a round table with Dr. Trisha Andrew, an assistant professor of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at the University…

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#PressforProgress

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day to celebrate the women who paved the way and the people who continue to fight for gender parity. This year’s theme for IWD was #PressforProgress since the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report indicates that gender parity is over 200 years…

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WICTO Wine and Cheese

In a room full of the next generation of scientists from the Department of Chemistry, there was one black sheep. Eden Hennessey, a Social Psychology Ph.D. Candidate, was invited to the Women in Chemistry Initiative’s Wine and Cheese event to present her photo-research exhibits. Hennessey’s research focuses on the consequences…

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Against Entropy: Building Resilience for an Uncertain Future

On the afternoon of February 8th, some 30 graduate students from the department participated in WICTO’s latest Professional Development Workshop, “Against Entropy: Building Resilience for an Uncertain Future”, hosted by communications expert Lil Blume. The session was inspired by Lil’s previous workshop, “Becoming a Confident Leader and Mentor,” presented at the 2017…

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