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UC-CIDE Podcast

UC-CIDE Podcast

By UCalgary Chemists for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity

We give a voice to women, international students and anyone from underrepresented groups working in STEM at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Hosted by graduate students and alumni, each episode will explore different issues and insights seen by our community, and beyond.
For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit www.ucalgarycide.org/.
If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
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Unboxing EDI in Academia, with Physical Chemistry Professor Dr Belinda Heyne
Unboxing EDI in Academia, with Physical Chemistry Professor Dr Belinda Heyne
Our co-hosts Thilina and Anna sit down with Dr Belinda Heyne, the Associate Head of EDI in the Department of Chemistry, a Professor and a Principal Investigator specializing in Physical Chemistry at UCalgary. We begin by discussing Dr Heyne's goals and achievements in promoting EDI in our department and in the Faculty of Science at the University, then get a little more personal when she shares her own experience as a student and how it led her to her EDI work. Our great conversation continues with an overview of Academia in Europe, the importance of representation within faculty members and invited speakers in Universities, and gives us some deep insights and advice around being a woman in STEM. Finally, we dive into the topic of impostor syndrome, and how it is exacerbated for teachers and public figures, especially ones with an accent and that are female-presenting.   To reach out to Dr Belinda Heyne with your EDI concerns at UCalgary, which she highly encourages, you can email her at: bjmheyne@ucalgary.ca. In the interview, we mention the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE) several times, which took place in Calgary in 2022 - https://www.cheminst.ca/conference/canadian-chemistry-conference-and-exhibition/.  We also talk about the important film by Sharon Shattuck & Ian Cheney "Picture a Scientist" - check it out if you haven't already: https://www.pictureascientist.com/.  Anna also mentions a book she read about bias in society - it is called "Invisible Women: Date Bias in a World Designed for Men" by Caroline Criado Perez. Anna recommends the read very strongly to everyone. For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
53:46
November 23, 2022
Paving the Road for Women in Civil Engineering with Dr Lina Kattan
Paving the Road for Women in Civil Engineering with Dr Lina Kattan
We interview Dr Lina Kattan, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UCalgary, as well as director for the Alberat Motor Association (AMA) Active Traffic and Demand Management Laboratory, and director of Integrated Infrastructure NSERC-CREATE.   Our conversation begins with her decision to pursue the field of engineering in Lebanon and her journey that cumulated with her professorship at UCalgary in Canada. Throughout the episode, we touch upon several EDI concepts, including the cross-pollination of ideas that comes from choosing a different field of work from what one studied and to work in a workplace with varied backgrounds, plus the importance of mentorship, especially as a woman in a male-dominated field. We cover the importance of family, the possibility of prioritizing raising children when working in academia, and of course, finding a workplace that is supportive, flexible and strives to elevate all of its employees. Dr Kattan mentions Dr Laleh Behjat and the workshops she offers - find her upcoming ones here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/dr-laleh-behjat-4030313079. For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
37:23
November 16, 2022
Measuring up to an Academic Career in Analytical Chemistry with Dr Susana Kimura Hara
Measuring up to an Academic Career in Analytical Chemistry with Dr Susana Kimura Hara
Our four co-hosts get together to interview Dr Susana Kimura Hara, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary, and Thilina's research supervisor.  Join us for this insightful discussion about her career pathway from engineering to chemistry and her experience with EDI in academia, past and present. We also talk about impostor syndrome, and explore tips on how to overcome it, and finally get Dr Kimura-Hara's take on work-life balance as a brand new mother in the midst of a demanding career. We mention the Winsett Center during the interview - here is a link for more information about it: https://winsett.ca/. For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
47:20
November 08, 2022
The Feminine Feminist
The Feminine Feminist
We are back for part two of our first season after a much-needed summer (and fall) break!  For this episode, hosts Laura and Anna are joined by their friends Debby and Lillian for a great discussion on feminism, and how it works with being a woman aspiring to have a career in STEM. We mention a TED Talk by Roxanne Gay in this episode, which can be found at the following address: https://www.ted.com/talks/roxane_gay_confessions_of_a_bad_feminist?language=en For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.  
36:15
November 01, 2022
Understanding Your Mean Female Coworkers and Bosses
Understanding Your Mean Female Coworkers and Bosses
In this episode, our co-hosts discuss an article that was published in the Atlantic entitled "Why Do Women Bully Each Other At Work" by Olga Khazan. The phenomenon of mean female coworkers and supervisors is unfortunately experienced by many, and we find out that there are some very important reasons behind it, ones that are crucial for all of us working in STEM to be aware of and understand. If you would like to read or hear the article, please follow this link: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/the-queen-bee-in-the-corner-office/534213/ For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.     
37:41
March 04, 2022
Entering the Medical Field as an Immigrant - A Black History Month Special
Entering the Medical Field as an Immigrant - A Black History Month Special
Join us for this special episode spotlighting Black History Month 2022. Our co-host Anna sits down with Nnenna and Ifeoma Achebe, daughter and mother, the first a Master's student of Chemistry at UCalgary and aspiring medical doctor, the latter established in her career, as the Chief Medical Officer for AHS Central Zone. The amazing conversation meanders through many different aspects and challenges unique to black women entering and working in the medical field in Alberta. For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
51:36
March 04, 2022
Accents in Academia
Accents in Academia
This week is EDI Week 2022 at UCalgary!  To commemorate the occasion, we reflect on what it's like to be a non-native English speaker navigating graduate school and the job market in Calgary. Thilina, Milan and Laura share their unique and insightful perspectives with Anna as international students in our community.  For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/.  You can also find out more about EDI Week at the University of Calgary by visiting https://www.ucalgary.ca/equity-diversity-inclusion/news-events/ediweek2022. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
39:07
February 03, 2022
Meet your Hosts!
Meet your Hosts!
Our four hosts, Milan, Thilina, Laura and Anna talk a little bit about themselves, how CIDE was started, and what kind of visions and goals we have for the show, and for CIDE itself. For more information about CIDE and what we do, please visit http://www.ucalgarycide.org/. If you would like to reach us with your questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes, please email us at UC.CIDE.Podcast@gmail.com.
37:23
January 24, 2022