Monday, September 21, 2009

IEEE WIE Book Club

Welcome back to school everyone!

We are kicking off the new term with our first Book Club Session on Career Management, a joint event between IEEE WIE, WISE and WIL. Courtesy of WIE Ottawa, the first 20 people will receive a $5 coupon for consumables on site!

Speakers & Books:

  • Laura Mutu - “7 habits of highly effective people”,Stephen Covey
  • Barbora Dej - “Women Don't Ask: The high cost of avoiding negotiation and positive strategies for change”, Linda Babcock and Sara Lascheve
  • Sandra McGuire - “Seducing The Boys Club: Uncensored tactics from a woman at the top”, Nina DiSesa

Please RSVP as soon as possible at, since there is limited seating of 30 people. No reading necessary, the books will be presented.

Monday, September 14, 2009

CU-WISE Kick-Off Party

Come out to the first WISE event of the year.

Eat. Mingle. Laugh.

Mike's Place (2nd floor Unicentre)
Monday September 21st 2009
5-7 p.m.

All Ages

Make some new female friends in science and engineering.

Both men and women are welcome.

RSVP online by September 18.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Frosh Week Events

September 7-13, Carleton University.

Join us in welcoming new students in science and engineering by stopping by some of our Frosh Week events listed below. We'll be giving out our newly designed postcards and pens.

Monday, September 7: ENG-GAMES
Location TBA
9:30-4:30 pm

Wednesday, Setpember 9: Student Services Fair
Tory Quad
11-2 pm

Wednesday, Setpember 9: School of Computer Science Academic Orientation
Location TBA
11:00-2:30 pm

Sunday, September 13: Boat Races
Rideau Canal
9 am-12 noon

WISE Ottawa Annual General Meeting

Find out more about this event (including the RSVP form) at the WISE Ottawa website.

Google-WISE-CCSS End of Year Party

The time for the end of year party has finally arrived! Carleton's Google Campus Ambassador and CU-WISE are teaming up with the Carleton Computer Science Society for a fun and relaxing opportunity to see many of our friends for the last time this year. CU-WISE will be bringing some fun new giveaways for you! There will be food, games (video and board), and hopefully some other fun surprises.

When: Friday April 24, 4:00-6:00pm
Where: The newly renovated CCSS Lounge, 4135 HP

RSVP: Required here by end of day April 22 (to get a proper head count for food)

All are welcome - we hope to see you there!

Zumba class

Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 1:00-2:00 pm, Multipurpose Room, Physical Recreation Center, Carleton University.

Getting stressed about the exams? Join us for a zumba class!

Zumba is a fusion of Latin/International music and dance themes that are used to create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness system.

It's fun... it's the type of exercise you'll want to do everyday and feel good about doing it!
It's different. You probably never thought you'd be exercising to this type of music.
It's effective. It is an aerobic workout, which we all know works. But it's more fun.
It's free.

Our instructor will be Carolina Izaguirre, Zumba and Zumba gold instructor .

Free admission.

Update: Class Full.

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It's Not Women That Need Fixing - A Discussion on Policies Focusing on WISE

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 4:30-6:00 pm, 5115HP (Herzberg Laboratories) Carleton University.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 4:30-6:00 pm, 5115HP (Herzberg Laboratories) Carleton University.

Since the 1980s, the low ratio of women in science and engineering has received increased attention. A number of activities, programs, projects, and initiatives have since then been set up, often with an underlying assumption that it is women that are the problem and need treatment. In this talk Christine will take a critical look at some of these policies, and discuss suggestions for future activities and focuses.

Dr. Christine Waechter is an Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Centre of Women Studies and Gender Research at Klagenfurt University, Austria. She is also Director of the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ), the Graz branch of Klagenfurt University. Her main fields of interest are: Gender and technology, female perspectives on sustainable technology design, quantitative and qualitative measures to improve the status of women in science and engineering

Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

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Movie Night

Wednesday March 11th, Cineplex at South Keys, Meet 6:15pm Minto Foyer @ Carleton University

Fill out the poll (click here) to choose what movie we will see.
"Confessions of a Shopoholic" or "He's Just Not That Into You"
Tickets are $6.95

Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Monday March 9th, SITE 5084, 800 King Edward, University of Ottawa

Dr. Fortier has served as President of NSERC since January 2006. Before her appointment to this position, she was a member of Queen's University as Professor in both the Department of Chemistry and the School of Computing. She also served as Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 to 2000 and Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 to 2005.

Dr. Fortier is a crystallographer by training, specializing in the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination.

Organized by WISE Ottawa. Free admission.

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Elsie The Engineer

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mackenzie Building Room 3235, Carleton University.

As part of National Engineering Week, Dick Bourgeois is coming to give us a presentation on Elsie MacGill, the world's first female aeronautical engineer and professional aircraft designer.

Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

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Meet and Greet

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 4:00-6:00 pm, Back of Oliver's in Unicentre, Carleton University.

Come meet and mingle with your fellow CU-WISE members!
Why? FREE food and door PRIZES. Awesome icebreakers, FREE food, door PRIZES.
You get to meet women in science and engineering, and learn what WISE is all about.
New members are always welcome.
This is an all ages event.

An Alternative to a Career in Academics: Life After the Lab

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 5:30-7:30 pm, 5115HP (Herzberg Laboratories) Carleton University.

Presented by: Claire Palmer, PhD.

Claire Palmer received a PhD in Molecular Biology from McMaster University. She drafts and prosecutes patents in a broad range of technologies including biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, biology, molecular biology, bioremediation, biological wastewater treatment and other "green" technologies.

Dr. Palmer will talk about the role of scientists and engineers in facilitating obtaining and keeping meaningful patent protection. In particular, Claire will be talking about her role as a Patent Agent in an intellectual property law firm. She will highlight things to consider when choosing a career outside the lab and offer some suggestions to those who may wish to follow a similar career path. Claire will be happy to answer questions about life as a patent agent and discuss the transition from lab work to office work.

Organized by WISE Ottawa. Free admission.

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Domestic Abuse: What every woman should know

Wednesday January 14th, 2009, 4:30-5:30 pm, 5115HP (Herzberg Laboratories) Carleton University.

Presented by: Bailey Reid, Program Coordinator of Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign.

"A woman is in 9 times more danger in her home than on the streets"

"1 out of 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime", "70% of domestic abuse is non-physical"

The Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign has offered to do a presentation for CU-WISE about domestic abuse toward women. The goal of their presentation is to provide awareness about how to recognize a woman who is abused (whether physically, verbally, or emotionally), how to approach her in a discussion, and how to get her to safety. The presentation includes a documentary.

Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

Christmas Social

Tuesday December 2, 2008,12:00-1:00 pm, 5115HP (Herzberg Laboratories), Carleton University.

Join us for a lunchtime social event with dessert on Google! Find out what the other engineering and computer science societies have been up to and hang out with members of each. We will serve delicious baked goods and tea and coffee.

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Inspiring Women by Carleton's President

Wednesday November 26 2008, 6pm, 5050 Minto Centre, Carleton University.

Presented by: Dr. Roseann Runte, Carleton's first female President and Vice-Chancellor.

Dr. Runte graduated with a BA summa cum laude in French from the State University of New York and obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Kansas. She has previously served as president of l'Université Sainte-Anne, principal of Glendon College, president of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University.

Dr. Runte is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of French and comparative literature and has written extensively on economic and cultural development, higher education and the importance of research.

Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada and the French Order of Merit and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Palmes Académiques and several awards for her work on the environment and for community and national service. In addition, Dr. Runte holds a number of honorary degrees.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Building Opportunities: Planning, Patents and Publicity

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 5-7pm. Carleton University , Room HP5115 (Herzberg Laboratories), Carleton University

Presented by: Ariadni Athanassiadis, MSc, LLB, BCL, Senior Associate in MBM's Ottawa.

As professionals in science and engineering, potential is a key driver underpinning what we do everyday. A good idea is followed by a lot of research and development and where things go from there will depend on our objectives and how we communicate information about the potential we commit ourselves to explore and develop. Planning and publicity are a given, but partnership with others is required to make a good idea practically accessible to the public. Patents are one tool for fostering those partnerships and what they are and how they can be used to enhance the research and development process will be canvassed.

RSVP by October 20, 2008 by emailing

Organized by WISE Ottawa. Free admission.

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Workshop: How to find an academic position in science and engineering

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 4:30-6:30pm. University of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Avenue, SITE Building, Room 5084.

Presented by: Dr. Banu Örmeci, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, Carleton University.

Topics covered will include how to apply for a faculty position, preparing your CV, research and teaching statements, interview process and how to prepare for it, the academic job talk, research presentation, interview questions, negotiating your salary and start-up package, making decisions.

RSVP by October 3, 2008 by emailing

Organized by WISE Ottawa. Free admission.

Tips and Advice for First Year Students in Engineering and Science

Thursday September 25 2008, 12-1pm, 5115 HP (Herzberg Laboratories), Carleton University.

Come and join us in our first event of the year. We will host a panel discussion about tips to survive that tough first year of university. Learn from fellow students — undergraduate and graduate, domestic and international — and share your own experiences. This talk will be based on an article written by CU-WISE in the CSES Iron Times Newsletter . We have some special guests attending to answer your questions. It's a great opportunity to meet other members of CU-WISE!

This event is focused on first year students, but upper year students are also needed to allow the first years to network with them. So please come out and welcome them!

In order for WISE to better prepare for the event, please submit discussion topics prior to the event here.

Free lunch and giveaways from CU-WISE.

RSVP by September 22 by emailing

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First Year Conference for Engineering Students

Saturday September 13 2008, 10am-2pm, check in at Minto Foyer

The Carleton Student Engineering Society is hosting the First Year Conference specifically for first year engineering students who would like to learn more about everything non-academic that Carleton Engineering has to offer. CU-WISE will take part in this conference by hosting their first social event in the afternoon. This conference is also a great opportunity to meet other first year engineering students as well as the directors of CU-WISE.

Free lunch and prizes provided by CSES.

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Welcome Events

September 2008

To welcome new and returning students, CU-WISE participated in Academic Orientation Day. Students had the opportunity to learn more about our branch at these events:

  • Faculty of Engineering and Design presentations:
    Wednesday, September 3, 9:30 to 10:30 pm, Bell Theater.

  • Prelude Services Fair:
    Wednesday, September 3, 11:30 to 1:00 pm, Alumni Park (in front of Robertson Hall).

  • Engineering Group Fair:
    Wednesday, September 3, 11:30 to 1:00 pm, Minto Building.

Visitors were encouraged to take home a brochure or one of our stylish buttons.

Balancing Research and Life

April 2008
Herzberg Lab, Carleton University

In April 2008, Kamilla Johannsdottir, PhD, talked about her academic career and her experience of being a scientist and a mom. This topic was requested by several members who were wondering when the best time might be to start a family.

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Professional Series: Bio Aikawa

February 2008
Our first official event in CU-WISE!
Bio Aikawa obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2001 at Carleton University. She is currently working in Health Canada in the Existing Substances Division - Bureau of Risk and Impact Assessment - Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch.
Her talk focused on her education, career and experiences about being a woman in science and engineering.