Welcome to Best of the WWEST (Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology), where we believe providing role models for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can change the world. Come along with us as we talk to incredible women in STEM about their lives, careers, and everything in between.
Memma Uponi, Mechanical Engineering Student
Memma Uponi is only in her second year as a Mechanical Engineering student, but she's already making a huge impact. In this episode, she joins Mily Mumford, WWEST Research Coordinator, to chat all about how she's creating space and networking opportunities for Black women engineering students, how she strives to build community that helps community, and her big goals and dreams. For full shownotes, guest bio, and a transcription of this episode, visit http://i.sfu.ca/rsriDm
Realizing Identity Safe-Environments
In this episode, Podcast Producer Vanessa talks with Dr. Toni Schmader and Dr. Hilary Bergsieker about exciting research conducted by Engendering Success in STEM, a Consortium devoted to testing the long-term efficacy of interventions that harness the power of positive social interactions to mitigate subtle gender bias. For full shownotes, guest bios, and a transcription of this episode, visit http://i.sfu.ca/FhcCZF
Dr. Yane Valdez, Immunologist & Founder, ImmunoLatinXs
Join Vanessa, Best of the WWEST producer, for a chat with Dr. Yane Valdez, a woman of many hats. Hear about how this immunologist, mom, science communicator, and artist made her way to Canada from her home country of Peru and what spurred her on to become an immunologist. She also tells us about her work empowering Latin American communities with knowledge of immunology and her passion for mentorship. For full shownotes and a transcription of this episode, visit http://i.sfu.ca/wqVLWn
Dr. Noushin Nabavi, Cell Biologist in Training & Economist
Growing up as a self-described "weird kid," Noushin was drawn to science at an early age. She came to Canada from Iran when she was 15 years old, and despite language barriers and adjusting to a new culture, she thrived and became the researcher and economist she is today. Noushin tells us in this episode about how fostering perseverence has kept her going through difficult times and why she is passionate about her work. For full shownotes and a transcription of this episode, visit http://i.sfu.ca/ikcVCo
iSTAND Miniseries Part 4: How Can STEM Learn From Sport to Increase the Participation of Women?
Dr. Marge Holman, professor of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor, and Reina Iizuka, Defensive Back of the University of Manitoba's Bisons football team and first woman to play on the team are featured in this episode with the WWEST Associate Chair at University of British Columbia Okanagan. Find full shownotes and follow us on social media at http://i.sfu.ca/qukpeV
Nora Keegan, Grade 10 Student & Published Researcher
In this episode, our host Dr. Lesley Shannon is joined by Nora Keegan, a grade 10 student whose research on the effects of hand dryer noise on children was published in the Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. If this interview doesn't inspire you, then we don't know what will! Nora talks about her love for science, the experience of conducting research and being published in a major publication at such a young age, and much more. Find full shownotes and transcription at http://i.sfu.ca/IQxZlg