ARCHIVED - Celebrating International Women's Day and All the Women Who Help NRC Put Science at Work for Canada
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March 06, 2006— Ottawa, Ontario
On an annual basis, millions of women and men around the world celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th. In honour of International Women's Day, meet just a handful of the many women who help put science to work for Canada. The following "A Day in the Life" profiles were developed to give students a better idea of what it is like to work in a science or research lab, and to present the various career paths that are available in science, technology and engineering.
- Dr. Stéphanie Côté (NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics) scans the cosmos to unravel the mysteries of dark matter
- Dr. Sue Abrams (NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute) seeks the control switches for a powerful plant hormone that regulates growth, development and resistance to stress
- Dr. Karen Liu (NRC Institute for Research in Construction) investigates whether rooftop gardens can help Canadians meet environmental objectives
- Ms. Eilean McKenzie (NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics) studies how the hepatitis virus infects woodchucks in order to find a way to detect liver cancer earlier in humans
- Dr. Victoria Nawaby (NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology) makes polymers used in everyday materials more environmentally-friendly
- Dr. Angela Tonary (NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences) searches to understand how the hepatitis C virus attacks human cells
In addition, Canadians from coast to coast are observing International Women's Week (5 – 11 March 2006). This year's theme is Beyond Laws: The Right to be Me, which addresses women's rights, women's diversity and the need to put words into action. This year also marks the silver anniversary of Canada's ratification of the most comprehensive international treaty on women's rights – the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women which was ratified 25 years ago.
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