Celebrating Women in Science

As part of CBU’s International Year of Chemistry (IYC) celebration the planning committee is hosting a Women in Science luncheon on Saturday, March 5 at the Delta Sydney. The goal of the event is to educate young females on the fascinating careers a science background supports. Female professionals from the University as well as the local community will share their stories of success and be available to further discuss their career paths with participants. More than 50 high school students have been invited from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and Membertou. The event is by invitation only.

“The response we have received towards this event is incredible, and I am really looking forward to connecting with young females from our community,” says Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie of CBU’s IYC committee. “Women in science is a focus of IYC and we have some amazing women at CBU and within the local community who are great role models for these girls.”

Speakers for the luncheon include Dr. Anne Ready, dentist; Dr. Katherine Jones; biologist; Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, chemist; and Dr. Erin Robertson, assistant professor of psychology. There will also be a variety of displays and plenty of opportunity for attendees to meet the speakers.

“I really hope that this event excites the students and sparks some curiosity in them. There are a large and diverse number of career options available in the sciences, and I think as a woman of science I have a responsibility to ensure that youth are knowledgeable of these opportunities. The Women in Science luncheon is one way to accomplish this.”

IYC 2011 is a United Nations sponsored worldwide event promoting diversity and woman in science. Introduced by the International Union of Applied and Pure Chemistry, IYC is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level.