Lecture Series 3 - Inspiring Women in Science

Inspiring Women in Science

This exciting series features women scientists who are making important contributions to the world of Science. Join us to learn about their exploration into the fields of Public Health, Physics, Planetary Science, Animal Research, Medical Biology and Zoology! Also discussed will be the prejudices experienced of being women in science.

Series Coordinators: Joan Irvine, Diane MacIntyre, Carol Mair

13 Jan 2022 to 24 Feb 2022


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13 Jan 2022 - Bridging Communities and Knowledge Systems in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Mentors and families play an important role in navigating the cultural and systemic challenges faced by women in research and harvesting activities. Trusting relationships are critical in arctic research. Deva-Lynn was raised in Tuktoyaktuk and coordinates community-based monitoring in her community and the surrounding area. Her connection to her community greatly improves her ability to lead community-based monitoring. For Sonja, camping with harvesters and their families in isolated and remote camps has fostered relationships that span generations, knowledge-systems and tremendous geographic distances. Raising children while being committed to community-based research in the Arctic is challenging and very rewarding. It is likely that being a woman has played a critical role in strengthening relationships, which are at the heart of high quality research and monitoring in Inuit Nunangat.

Lecturers - Deva-Lynn Pokiak and Sonja Ostertag

 Deva-Lynn Pokiak is a harvester and community-based environmental monitor from Tuktoyaktuk.  Deva-Lynn will speak about the traditional knowledge passed down to her from her father. She wil speak about her experience as a harvester and the importance of bringing together traditional knowledge and western science to monitor and harvest local animals.

Dr. Sonja Ostertag is a CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She has fifteen years of community-based research experience in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), Northwest Territories. Sonja’s research interests are at the intersection of human and ecosystem health. She is currently co-leading research in the ISR that celebrates the benefits of locally harvested foods (i.e., country foods) and responds to community questions about the safety and quality of store-bought and country foods.

20 Jan 2022 - Quantum Revolution 

Enjoy a guided tour through quantum wonderland. This is the story of Dr. Ghose's journey through the strange, invisible world of atoms and photons, and the surprising lessons learned about science and about being a scientist. Your journey will include an introduction to the quantum world, an exploration of the quantum technology landscape, and a glimpse into its impact on science and society.

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Lecturer - Dr. Shohini Ghose

03 Feb 2022 - Understanding the Current State of Ecological Change in the Yukon Due to Climate Change

Northern Canada has incredibly varied landscapes, all of which are changing fast from both climate change and human development. Conserving these ecosystems requires site-specific knowledge about biodiversity patterns and processes, which is often lacking in the North, hindering effective planning and management.

Kristen Reid’s research aims to understand the current state of novel ecological communities throughout Yukon (those which have not previously existed at this latitude) and to make predictions about where future novelty will occur. In this talk she will summarize her Northern-based research and its implications for future policy changes and land uses, as well as the continued need for conservation advocacy throughout Canada but especially in the North.

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Lecturer - Kristen Reid

10 Feb 2022  - The Giraffe Lady

In 1956, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip, 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome.

For three decades, Dr. Dagg was absent from the giraffe world until 2010 when she was sought out by giraffologists and not just brought back into the fold, but finally celebrated for her work. While toting her memoir recounting her seminal journey, Pursuing Giraffe: A 1950s Adventure, Anne caught the attention of filmmaker Alison Reid which resulted in the award-winning feature documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.

Please join Dr Dagg and her daughter Mary to share details about the film, giraffes, Anne’s life and what’s happening now.

One week prior to the lecture, the movie will be made available to all members (who have purchased a ticket) via an email which will include the link and password to the film.   The email will be sent on Wednesday, February 2nd.  Viewers will be able to watch the movie as many times as they like but will be asked not to share the link to anyone else. The password to see the movie will expire on Thursday, February 10th. 

After watching the movie, viewers can send their questions to “mary@anneinnisdaggfoundation.org” so they can be addressed during the presentation.


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Lecturer - Dr Anne Innis Dagg

17 Feb 2022 - Planetary Science – Lunar Explorations

This talk will focus on lunar exploration in the past, present and future. It will cover the top 10 scientific discoveries by the Apollo missions, current lunar missions and their most significant discoveries, ending with an overview of the upcoming lunar missions in the public and private sectors.

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Lecturer - Dr. Sara Mazrouei

24 Feb 2022 - The Biological Basis of Physical Rehabilitation in Astronauts, Bed Rest, and Hospital-Acquired Deconditioning

Dr. Laneuville's research interest lies in the understanding of the body’s response to an extended period of immobility and the resulting severe functional decline. Her group participates in both clinical and experimental studies aimed at elucidating the genetic events leading to deconditioning and the identification of biomarkers. Findings from three research models will be presented; hospital-acquired deconditioning, bedrest studies, and astronauts.

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Lecturer - Dr. Odette Laneuville