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It Was Never A Dress: A discussion on women and diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

We are pleased to invite all students and faculty at the University of Toronto to join us for an evening dedicated to a celebration of and discussion on women and diversity in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM).

We strongly encourage the use of social media during the event to disseminate our message as widely as possible. Please use #NotADress17 to share details, comments, and ask questions throughout the evening! If you have any questions, please send us an email at notadress17@gmail.com!

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This event will feature discussion with a diverse group of panelists on issues facing women and other underrepresented populations in STEMM, followed by a networking social. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, as well as seek advice and expertise from our speakers and panelists. How did these individuals get started? Did they have role models and/or champions? What barriers did they face, how did they overcome them? Our hope is that attendees establish lasting networks; learn practical strategies to navigate male-dominated spaces effectively; and leave feeling inspired, supported, and, possibly, with one of our generously donated prizes!

We are incredibly excited to announce our keynote and panelists for the evening:

Keynote

Dr. Renée Hlozek is a TED Senior Fellow and a newly-minted Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on constraining cosmological models, as well as determining the structure and amount of dark energy in the Universe. Outside of research, Dr. Hlozek is a passionate advocate for public science outreach and communication.

Panelists

Dr. Gillian Einstein is a neuroscientist in the Department of Psychology and the Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women's Brain Health and Aging. Through the identification and study of areas of neuroscience where little knowledge currently exists, she aims to contribute to a more complete understanding of how sex and gender shape brain and behaviour, with a focus on brain health and successful aging.

Dr. Sharmistha Mishra is an infectious disease physician and mathematical modeler. She develops and integrates mathematical models with the best available data to test hypotheses and to better inform clinical, programmatic, and policy decisions about HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) epidemics in different geo-social contexts.

Her lab also supports HIV/STI programs in India, Kenya, South Africa, and Ukraine; and the Ebola outbreak response and health-systems strengthening in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Molly Shoichet holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is a Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is an expert in the study of polymers for drug delivery & regeneration, which are materials that promote healing in the body.

Dr. Kona Williams is Canada’s first indigenous forensic pathologist.. Her father is Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and her mother is Mohawk from Kahnawake, near Montreal. She works as a junior pathologist with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, where she performs medical and legal autopsies in instances of sudden or suspicious deaths. Dr. Williams is interested in the cause and manner of death in Indigenous communities, as well as the relationship between Indigenous people and the organizations that investigate deaths in Canada. In her role as a pathologist, she also often brokers relationships between Indigenous communities and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.

Event Agenda:

5:15-5:30pm: Check-in, Registration, & Icebreakers

5:30-5:40pm: Welcome Remarks & Introduction to Keynote

5:40-6:00pm: Keynote address by Dr. Renée Hlozek, PhD

6:00-6:10pm: Q&A with Dr. Renée Hlozek

6:10-7:10pm: Panel Discussion with:

Dr. Gillian Einstein, AB, PhD

Dr. Molly Shoichet, MSc, PhD

Dr. Sharmistha Mishra, MD, PhD, MSc

Dr. Kona Williams, MD

7:10-8:00pm: Refreshments & networking

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