Past Event! Note: this event has already taken place.

When: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
Location:Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, Carleton University, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0G8
Audience:Anyone, Carleton Community, Current Students, Faculty, Media, Staff, Staff and Faculty
Contact:Office of the Dean of Science,, 613-520-2600 x 4388

About the Event:

The Faculty of Science celebrates International Women’s Day with a diverse panel of women scientists recounting their personal experiences navigating careers in a male-dominated field. Please join us for an engaging and collaborative evening that is aimed at increasing awareness and instituting actionable ideas for change. Following the panel discussion, a reception with light refreshments will be held in the Parlour room.

Meet Our Panel!


Moderator – Dr. Rowan Thomson, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Rowan Thomson is a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at Carleton University.  Prof. Thomson’s PhD research was in theoretical high-energy physics (Superstring Theory) at Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo, and was awarded Waterloo’s Pearson Medal.  Her post-PhD research is in Medical Physics:

computational radiotherapy physics.  She develops computational approaches for simulating the interactions of radiation with matter and considers applications in radiotherapy for cancer treatment.  Prof.

Thomson was awarded Ontario’s Polanyi Prize in Physics (2011), an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2015), and elected a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2020.  Outside of research, Prof. Thomson has great enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring future generations of physicists.

Panelist – Dr. Kim Hellemans, Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Provost’s Teaching Fellow

Kim Hellemans is a teaching professor and current Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. from Queen’s University, where her research focused on understanding the biological basis of drug addiction. She went on to complete post-doctoral positions at Cambridge University and University of British Columbia prior to taking a position at Carleton University in 2008.  She has received several prestigious teaching awards that recognize her passion and dedication to university teaching, including the Provost’s Fellowship in Teaching Award and the Capital Educator’s Award. Her current research is focused on understanding the links between cannabis use, social media and mental health among students. She is also the co-host of the popular podcast “Minding the Brain”.

Find Kim on Instagram @drkimhellemans and on Twitter @mindingthebrain

Panelist – Dr. Mareike Adams, Geophysics Instructor, Department of Earth Sciences

Mareike grew up in the peaceful forests of the Gatineau park and Chelsea, Quebec before moving to Montreal to complete her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics at McGill University. With the desire for an even bigger adventure, she then moved to California to do a PhD in Geophysics at the University of California Santa Barbara. Her love for problem solving was applied to numerical modelling of the rupture process and source physics of large earthquakes with applications to seismic hazards earthquake. Now she is back in her hometown and working every day to encourage students to pursue their own goals as the Geophysics Instructor at Carleton University. Outside of work, Mareike can be found in the wilderness camping, hiking or cycling. During her graduate studies she ran her first ultramarathon in the coastal mountains of central California. Now, she is testing her problem solving skills in finding every motorless way of commuting to work: walking, cycling, canoeing, skating, cross-country skiing, and perhaps one day, skateboarding.

Panelist – Alexandra Bourgouin, PhD Student, Department of Physics

Alexandra is a current PhD student studying Medical Physics at Carleton University under the supervision of Malcom McEwen, Ionizing Radiation Standards (IRS) Group at the National Research Council (NRC). Her research project is on the determination of the energy required to create an ion pair in air (Wair) for high energy electron beam. She completed both her Undergraduate and Masters degrees at Université Laval, which is CAMPEP accredited.

Panelist – Dr. Vivian Nguyen, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science Institute

Dr. Vivian Nguyen is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Sciences and Department of Biology at Carleton University. Her research focuses on the interface of science, society and policy within the themes of environmental change, natural resource management, and food insecurity. Dr. Nguyen is a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow alumni, and spent two years working in the Office of the Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada to better understand the challenges of and opportunities for science policy integration. She continues to conduct research to understand the mobilization of scientific knowledge, as well as other ways of knowing, into decisions, policy, and practice. She also has a particular interest in the human dimensions of environmental issues, including fisheries and other natural resources management, and how human perceptions and behaviours can lead to successful or unsuccessful conservation/management strategies and policy initiatives.

Find Vivian on Twitter @vivmn