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WISE WORDS September 2009 Volume 1, Issue 1 Women In Science and Engineering/ 403-220-3290 Special Interest Articles: An Interview Letter From the Editor with an Encana Dear Readers, Why do I suppose that I am so ecstatic to be Lawyer I would like to extend a big welcome to the back? Well, because I finally, after much new students at the University of Calgary procrastination, decided to take my education and to urge you to get involved in your into my own hands and create my own education and with clubs like WISE! The experience rather than wait for one to be created University has so much to offer outside of for me. What does this mean? I am involved. I your required courses, but it is up to you to am taking courses I want to take; I am doing the get out there and find the opportunities! work required because I want to know things and Clubs are a great way to meet new people, because I love my faculty. I am involved in WISE, contribute to your university community and a club that I truly feel represents me and which, I learn about interesting and different feel, I represent. I have arranged to take two experiences that you may be missing out on research based project courses with two fantastic – not to mention the perks that many of the professors, as I have discovered a love oof clubs have, including exam reviews! research. To those of you who, like myself, are Shall I get to my point? I am happy to be in Individual Highlights: returning for yet another year at the UofC, science, in university and doing something I love. welcome back! I hope you all had wonderful YOU SHOULD BE TOO! What I am saying, is Letter from the editor summers and that you are prepared to make that figuring out what it is that makes you tick, What’s New in WISE this a great year. and what you believe in and what you want to Special Interest By this point, no doubt, a few of us (myself know more about, or be better at, and making the included) have gone through the exhausting efforts to throw yourself into these things makes Article a qualitative difference to your education, but process of trying to get your courses figured The Renert Centre out with the monstrous deadline looming more importantly, to your life. I know from menacingly closer and closer…it is amazing experience that school can be a painful how stressful school can be before you have experience if you are not enjoying what you are so much as started a course! doing, but even more insightful, I know now that you create your own experiences – may as well Nonetheless, things are now settled make ‘em good! (woohoo!) and the real work of getting into patterns involving early mornings, Please come by the WISE office, get acquainted conspicuous coffee consumption and with the club and see what we can offer you! Feel maintaining consciousness throughout the free to contact me regarding the newsletter and whole day may begin! do let me know of anything you would like to see in the paper! Contributions are more than To be perfectly honest, I think my last years welcome…enjoy the paper! at the university have finally culminated with a record high of nerdiness. I would never Your executive newsletter editor, have thought I would say this, but I am -Melissa Schorr actually excited to be back at school – and I did seven courses over spring and summer email@example.com semesters so that CANNOT be normal! WISE WORDS Page 2 of 5 What’s New in WISE As is so often the case, the exclusive tutoring sponsors. The Renert beginning of the school years brings with it Centre offers numerous services as well as many other new beginnings and this is benefits for students who are WISE certainly the case for WISE. We are proud to members. To learn more about our announce a new club President, Searesh relationship with the Renert Centre see the Munir, as well as a new Vice President, advertisement at the end of this paper! Jasdeep Hayer though we will miss last year’s president, Gurpreet Chahal! The new leadership has already proven to be Why is WISE important? promising and productive…so expect great things from this club! Although women have become quite well represented in science, there is still a After last years success WISE has decided significant under-representation in to maintain the continuous tutorial for engineering, and in both disciplines women physics 223, held every Monday from 5:30- still may experience sexism. Although many “Nobody…took me 7:30pm which the club organized. This women who are currently in science and seriously. They wondered tutorial allows students to get help as soon engineering in first world countries do not why in the world I wanted to as they are having problems, and not wait face challenges because of our sex, it is be a chemist when no until the last minute before exams! Review important still that we recognize that this has women were doing that. tutorials for various physics and engineering not always been the case. Women have not courses are also organized through WISE always been treated as equals to our male The world was not waiting and are a great way to finish preparing for peers and in many parts of the world women for me” upcoming exams – be sure to check our are still regarded as inferior to men and not - Gertrude B. Elion website for updates! allowed to attain an education, much less one of their own choosing. It is also important Our first annual mixer was very exciting and that we acknowledge women who have come a complete success thanks to Elena Nasim, before us and made great contributions to manager of the Women’s Advancement the faculties of science and engineering. Office, and to the executives of WISE. New ideas have been in circulation in the How to Join WISE: WISE office and one in particular has us pretty excited! We are in the middle of The easiest way to join WISE is to drop by developing a program to reach out to local our office, Science A 120. The memberships high schools and extend the support and cost $5.00 and are effective for the entire encouragement of women who may be year. It is a good idea to sign up early so as interested in science and engineering. We to reap the rewards of your membership want to help high school students more easily! Memberships are sold at the understand what a degree in science or door to the tutorials held by WISE, but we engineering can do for them. We want to encourage you to buy your membership give them the opportunity to understand a bit before the tutorials or arrive early so as not to better what their options are, to give them a miss any of the tutorial while making your chance to get involved, and to allow them to purchase! Take care of your membership ask young, accomplished women about their card! It is required that you have a choices and their experiences. membership and present your card in order to attend the WISE organized tutorials! Another change in WISE is our new sponsorship from the Renert Centre for which we are very grateful! They will be our Page 3 of 5 WISE WORDS An Interview with An Encana Lawyer Journey Paulus is an environmental lawyer at Encana. She feels that many women are prevented from pursuing science degrees because they cannot imagine a fulfilling career. Many women do not want to work in a lab or out in the field as it can be very isolating. Journey followed an interesting path to the career she now has and loves and so kindly shared a bit of her story with us in an interview and encourages students to find interesting ways to use our degrees. Melissa: So, how did you actually get into the field of environmental law? Journey: Well, I always liked biology and so I did my honours undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta in environmental biology – similar to ecology. In my fourth year I was taking lab and field studies courses almost exclusively and I realized how unsatisfying this area of science was for me. I was looking for a different avenue while still trying to keep biology in the picture. I had the opportunity to talk to a professor of conservation biology and he suggested that I look into environmental policy as a potential masters program. He put me in touch with two students who were at the time already in the program. After talking to the first of the two at York University I was convinced that I wanted to try the program. As I had no background in environmental policy, I spent the first year at York taking related courses and really enjoyed them. My only reservation was that I did not feel I would be able to put my environmental policy knowledge to use so I talked to some more professors. Eventually it was suggested that I look into environmental law, and that was that! I was off to law school. Melissa: You are currently working for a corporation – what made you choose to do that? Journey: There were a number of reasons for choosing a corporation. First, it provided an interesting opportunity as the company was, at that time, in negotiations about how to implement the Kyoto protocol. This was a project that would allow me to combine my biology, my policy knowledge and my education in law. Another reason was simply that the availability of jobs in non-government organizations relative to industry was just so small. I would say that one of the major factors in choosing Encana was that it allowed for me to work still partially as a biologist. Melissa: What are you working on at the company now? Journey: Actually, interestingly enough, I am working on the very project that first got me into law: the Species at Risk Act. I had a practicum with an MP who was involved in part of the drafting of that act. Now we are in the five year review of the act! It is a great opportunity for me to put into use what I have learned over the past five years and to test my knowledge. I believe we can protect species and biodiversity while still being able to do some development…but we will all have to work together. I work at my company on many different levels, from basic biology to high level issues like fixing the legislation itself. I have the chance to work with people from very diverse backgrounds – farmers, fishermen, biologists – it’s great! I am a very social person and my company works well for that! Melissa: What would you say the biggest benefits of having a biology background are? Journey: I find the analytical approach of a scientist has helped me in problem solving and resolving policy issues. As well, the technical background allows me to better understand many aspects of environmental law much better than I otherwise could have! It has really been a beneficial part of my knowledge base. Many thanks to Journey for her time and story! WISE WORDS Page 4 of 5 Contact Renert: Phone at: The Renert Centre is a Calgary-based tutoring company. At the university level, they provide first 1-800-56-READY or year chemistry, physics and math tutorials year round – one fee covers the semester and students (403) -974-8600 have daily access to a tutor. They provide prep courses for the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and GRE. In person at: 192 MacEwan Student Center As WISE members, you can receive discounts off of the tutorials, 10% off other services and $200.00 off E-mail at: of the MCAT course!!! Speaking of the MCAT course, the Renert Centre is firstname.lastname@example.org hosting “MCAT & Medical School Admission” on Thursday October 8th from 5:30pm-7:00pm. It is a Check out the website at: free session with free coffee and donuts provided as is designed to discuss Canadian and American http://www.renertonline.com/ medical school admission requirements, the new computerized MCAT and the application process for medical school. Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your spot by visiting the Renert Centre in MacHall or calling them! Drop by the Women’s Resource Centre in Mac Hall at the University of Calgary or visit them online at http://www.ucalgary.ca/women/. The centre provides safe and supportive advice for females with any sort of issue – from making new friends to seeking guidance or even just for a quiet comfortable place to study.
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