Inaugural Event – AMALGAMATION!

I am very excited to announce that I have co-founded a new society in my hometown: The Victoria Salon. Our purpose is to promote public debate about relevant – and potentially contentious – issues to better inform us all and to raise the level of knowledge-based decision-making.

The Victoria Salon

Join us on March 24th, 2015, in the Young Auditorium at Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus.

The Topic

Be it resolved that whereas the citizens of Greater Victoria have elected, through a non-binding question,  to explore the concept of Amalgamation, the 13 municipalities must move towards amalgamating civic services as quickly as possible.

Speakers

PROPONENTS FOR THE RESOLUTION

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, PhD bio
Leslie Ewing bio

spare: Shellie Gudgeon bio

OPPONENTS FOR THE RESOLUTION

Jim McDavid, PhD bio
Nils Jensen  bio

spare:

Reading List

The following list was blue-skied by Kathy and in no way represents the views of the panellists. Readings to be vetter.

Headed for Splitsfille? Dawn Chafe, Atlantic Business Magazine
http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/v22n6_salvo.pdf

WHY MUNICIPAL AMALGAMATIONS? HALIFAX, TORONTO, MONTREAL. Andrew Sancton, University of Western Ontario <asancton@uwo.ca>
http://www.queensu.ca/iigr/conf/Arch/03/03-2/Sancton.pdf

Halifax man starts petition to reopen amalgamation debate. Jacqueline Foster, CTV Atlantic
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/halifax-man-starts-petition-to-reopen-amalgamation-debate-1.1531244

Alternatives to amalgamation in Australian local government: the case of Walkerville. Brian Dollery, University…

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Another physicist for my research…

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Thank you, Donna Milgram, for linking this article by Rachel E. Scherr in your newsletter:Hmm...not just the classroom, but women experience this phenomenon in boardrooms and meeting rooms across the professions

Guest: What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM | Opinion | The Seattle Times | September 14, 2014

Rachel writes:

I had fallen in love with physics while working as a science museum docent, where I learned the simple principles behind beautiful and puzzling natural phenomena.

My advanced placement (AP) physics class, unfortunately, was about memorizing equations and applying them to specific contrived examples. I did not perform well on the midterm exam. The teacher advised me to drop the course, along with all the other girls in the class.

I stayed despite the teacher’s pressure, as the only girl in the class, and did well in the long run.

Funny, that cartoon also reflects what women experience in boardrooms and meeting rooms across sectors and across professions.

I will have to connect with Rachel Scherr: our research seems to align…

Miss Possible soon to join Goldie Blox in the Toy Aisle

Just heard about this new challenger in the battle against gendered toys: Miss Possible. This doll will keep Goldi Blox company as they, together, reduce the pink in the girls’ toy aisle. Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves, who met while in the University of Illinois engineering program, launched their campaign on Indiegogo mid-July and reached their goal just last week.

Pretty exciting to see young engineers stepping up to make social change.

Shaking up the opportunities for girls: http://www.bemisspossible.com

 

What is feminism today?

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The f-word came up a few weeks ago and now it seems I cannot get away from it…

When I started this doctoral program to research the gender balance in engineering question, I wanted to completely avoid the f-word. In fact, during my final presentation at the end of the first residency period, I said outright that I am not a feminist. A feminist would want to be known as a female engineer but my greatest wish is that I am no longer introduced that way. I’m just an engineer. Continue reading

Science is for everyone – including girls!

Dr. Randy Newman, Professor of Psychology at Acadia University, presents brief overview of the history and barriers leading to women’s underrepresentation in science. This informative talk is humorous and professional … and filled with a great historical reference that I shall be following up with!

Reference:

Gornick, V. (2009). The History of Women in Science. Feminist Press, The City University of New York. ISBN: 978-1-55861-587-8

Interesting Automated Comments

I have been receiving a number of comments on my blog. Thank you, so much! Nice to know that I am posting something of interest. I try to respond as quickly as I can.

I’ve been getting some, though, that are oddly crafted: supportive but encouraging me to expand my reach by signing up at a particular website. I heard a report on Spark (cbc.ca) about programs that are written to post comments directing people to their sites. Well, I’m glad I moderate the comments here, because this is one of them that I received. Continue reading

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Chelsea Clinton Promotes Gender Diversity In Tech Sector

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Interesting comments from the past US-presidential family… I will have to find Chelsea’s data. The article gives interesting anecdotes from women who were discouraged in middle school and high school. From the ASEE aggregator:

The Denver Post (6/24, Torres) reports that Chelsea Clinton took part in a panel discussion at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Monday, calling for greater efforts to promote gender diversity in the technology industry. The paper quotes Clinton saying, “There are fewer girls who are aspirational in the math and science fields in the United States than there were 20 years ago. We have significantly fewer women graduating with computer science degrees. We have significantly fewer women graduating with mechanical engineering degrees than we did in the mid and late 1980s.”