Armour Speaker Series: Dr. Geraldine Richmond

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Geraldine Richmond as our inaugural speaker of the Margaret-Ann Armour Lecture Series!

Dr. Geraldine Richmond, Presidential Chair in Science & Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon

Dr. Richmond is a Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. She obtained her BSc from Kansas State University and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley with Professor George C Pimentel. Her current research is focused on using laser-based methods and theoretical simulations to understand chemical processes occurring at the surface of water. Her work has applications in solving important problems related to energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry.

Dr. Richmond has been a strong advocate for diversity in all areas of science and is the founder of COACh (Committee On the Advancement of Women Chemists), an organisation aimed at increasing the number of women in STEM and providing individuals with the resources required to build a successful career. As a result of her passion for this line of work, she was appointed by former President Obama to the National Board of Science. She is also a Fellow of the American Chemistry Society, the Association for Women in Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Amongst her numerous awards and recognitions, Richmond has received the Linus Pauling Medal, the National Medal of Science, and the Priestley Medal.

She will be visiting the UAlberta Department of Chemistry on Wednesday January 16th and presenting two-talks:

“COACh: Empowering Women as Leaders in the Scientific Enterprise”
11:00 am, CCIS 1-160

“Mulling over Nanoemulsions: Interfacial Molecular Structure,
Stabilization and Assembly”
2:00 pm, CCIS 1-140

We hope you will be joining us for this exciting kick-off event!

Margaret-Ann Armour Lecture Series

The University of Alberta’s Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry group is excited to announce the first student-led speaker series in the Department of Chemistry. This speaker series, named after Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, aims to celebrate diversity in Chemistry by providing a platform for chemists who do outstanding work both in the lab and in promoting diversity and inclusivity within Chemistry.

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour received her BSc and MSc from the University of Edinburgh before completing her PhD from the University of Alberta in 1970. She rejoined the Department of Chemistry in 1979, and has served as the Faculty of Science’s premier Associate Dean of Science (Diversity) since 2005. Beyond  her contributions to science regarding hazardous chemical management, Dr. Armour has been a tireless advocate for stronger representation of women in STEM. She founded Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) at the University of Alberta in 1981, and since its inception, the WISEST programs have reached more than 15,000 participants with 85% of their Summer Research Participants pursuing undergraduate degrees in Science or Engineering. In 2010, Dr. Armour established the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre). As the Associate Dean of Science (Diversity), Dr. Armour developed Project Catalyst, which is aimed at increasing the representation of women in faculty positions in the Faculty of Science.

Dr. Armour has received many awards and accolades for research, leadership and outreach activities. She received the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in 1994, and  a 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s top award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, in 1996. Dr. Armour was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2006. Maclean’s Magazine recognized Dr. Armour as one of Ten Canadians Making a Difference in 2003, and she was twice listed by the Women’s Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Dr. Armour has also received honorary degrees from her alma mater, the University of Edinburgh, as well as the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, MacEwan University, and Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Teaching for Diversity

We are teaming up with Dr. Glen Loppnow to bring to you the very FIRST Chemistry Department Teaching Circle Discussion. These meetings are meant to be informal discussions around various teaching topics that we may encounter in our graduate careers.

Topic: Tips: Teaching for Diversity
When: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm OR Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 am – 12 pm
Where: W4-04 Chemistry Centre

Lunch will be provided to attendees thanks to the Vertigo Teaching Chair; however, spots are limited.

Please fill out this google form to indicate your preferred date and any dietary restrictions!

Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry

We would like to announce that we have decided to modify our student group name. We will refer to the group as Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry moving forward.

We believe this change reflects our goals and better encompasses the ideals of UAWIC and its members.

We will be updating our constitution to reflect this change and we encourage our members to attend our Fall Open House on Thursday October 11 to learn more about our student group initiative.

We can still be reached by email at and via our Twitter @UofAWIC 


Crochet Workshop – Make Your Own Glassware

Join us for a fun evening of crocheting and camaraderie with fellow members of the Women in Chemistry Group. No prior knowledge is necessary, as we will have an instructor present to teach all the beginners! Registration fee includes workshop kit, an instructor, and some light snacks.

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: Chemistry Lounge (E4-43)
Registration Fee: $15

Click here to Register

UAlberta Faculty Panel Discussion


The UAlberta Women in Chemistry invites you to a Panel Discussion with our very own Department of Chemistry faculty. Please join us on Wednesday, Mar 14 in E4-43 at 9:30 am for a frank discussion on life in academia. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served.

Our panel discussion will be composed of:

UAlberta Staff Panel Discussion


The UAlberta Women in Chemistry invites you to a Panel Discussion with our very own Department of Chemistry staff. Please join us on Tuesday, Jan 30 in E4-43 at 10 am for a frank discussion on different career pathways in chemistry. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served.

Our panel discussion will be composed of:

Anna Jordan, B.Sc. “The American University in Cairo”, Cairo, Egypt
M.Sc. (Physical Chemistry) “Washington State University”, Pullman, Washington, U.S.A.
Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) “University of Alberta”, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Physical Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Alberta till mid 2017
Volunteer Graduate Thesis Editor for Students whose Native Language is not English.

Michele Richards, received her B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996, her M.Sc. in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Prof. Samuel H. Gellman, and, after a period in industry, her Ph.D. in 2012 with Prof. Todd L. Lowary at the University of Alberta. Michele is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Alberta Glycomics Centre working with Prof. Christopher W. Cairo and Prof. John S. Klassen; her research focuses on molecular dynamics simulations of glycolipids, glycoproteins, and glycosyl hydrolase enzymes.

Leah Veinot, grew up in Vancouver, B.C. where she graduated from UBC with her B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1994. In 1997, after completing a Masters degree in Atmospheric Chemistry, from York University, she started working as an application specialist for Brinkmann Instruments Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario (now part of Metrohm). About a year later she realized her dream of becoming an instructor when she received a teaching position at Seneca College in Toronto. When her family moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA shortly thereafter she again worked in industry, this time as an application scientist with Mettler-Toledo Bohdan. Over the past 15 years she has worked in academics and raised 3 children. She has worked as an instructor at UofA (lab), Grant MacEwan (lab), and NAIT (lab and lecture) and for the past 3 years she has worked in administration, as the ATUMS program coordinator.

Sexual Harassment Workshop

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The UAlberta Women in Chemistry will be hosting a Sexual Harassment Workshop on January 16, 2018 in E3-25 at noon and we encourage everyone to attend. The workshop will be delivered by personnel from the Sexual Assault Centre at the University of Alberta and will cover the following topics:

  • Sexual harassment in the context of rape culture
  • The definition of sexual harassment
  • Different examples and types of sexual harassment
  • Common responses to harassment and the impact that it can have on individuals
  • How to support someone experiencing harassment, and general information about the informal and formal compliant processes on campus

Please consider attending and bringing your colleagues along. Join the conversation and help us become part of the solution.

Meet & Greet: Drs. Helen O. Leung and Mark D. Marshall (Amherst College)

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The UAlberta WIC group invites you to join us for a meet and greet session in E3-25 with Dr. Helen O. Leung and Dr. Mark D. Marshall on Thursday, Jan 11 at 12:00 pm. In this informal discussion, you will get the chance to talk to Dr. Leung and Dr. Marshall about career paths in science. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion while enjoying complimentary pizza lunch. Please RSVP, if you are interested in attending.

LOGIC 2018 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Mita Dasog

We are pleased to announce one of our plenary speakers for LOGIC 2018 – Dr. Mita Dasog from Dalhousie University!
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Dr. Mita Dasog obtained her Bachelors of Science in 2009 from the University of Saskatchewan. She then moved to the University of Alberta to begin her Doctoral studies with Dr. Jonathan Veinot where she focused on the syntheses, properties, and applications of silicon based nano/micromaterials and thin films. After a short stay at Technical University of Munich as a Green Talents visiting scholar, Dr. Dasog went on to hold an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Nathan Lewis at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied the interaction of light with semiconductors. She joined the Dalhousie University Chemistry Department in July 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

Since beginning her independent career in 2016, Prof. Dasog’s research interests include the solid-state synthesis of functional nanomaterials, mesostructures for solar light harvesting, and printable thin conducting oxide (TCO) nanoparticle inks. Dasog has received numerous awards including the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC) Chemistry Doctoral Award, the CSC Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry, a “Top 25” Global Young Scientists in Sustainable Research award sponsored by the German Federal Ministry, and was recently listed among top 150 Canadian women in STEM fields by hEr_VOLUTION, a non-profit organization.

She will be joining us on Saturday May 26th to share her inspiring path to a career in chemistry. Registration for LOGIC 2018 is now open, sign up here!