Inspiring Women Series event Thurs December 18th: Dr. Kathleen Gilmour & Alexandra Bissinger

Take a break from the stress of exams and join us on Thursday, December 16th for our next Inspiring Women Series event! This month we will be featuring two very different speakers: uOttawa’s very own Dr. Kathleen Gilmour and Alexandra Bissinger, engineering grad student extraordinaire.

Katie Gilmour received a BSc (Hons) in Biology from McMaster University in 1988 and carried out her PhD in Zoology at the University of Cambridge (1992).  After postdoctoral positions at the University of Ottawa and McMaster University, she became a temporary lecturer at the University of Glasgow before joining Carleton University in 1998.  She moved to the University of Ottawa in 2004.  Dr. Gilmour is a comparative physiologist whose research interests focus on stress in fish.  She uses behavioural, physiological and molecular biology tools to address questions about the impact of social status on physiological function in fish, and to investigate the relationships among gas transfer, ionic regulation in acid-base regulation in fish.  Like most women in science, Dr. Gilmour wears several different hats including researcher, instructor, mentor, administrator and journal editor, not to mention spouse and mom.  Her talk will focus on how variety is the spice of life.

From starting as the first-year representative of the Engineering Students’ Association to being president of the uOttawa chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), civil engineering student Alexandra Bissinger has been actively involved in the Faculty of Engineering throughout her studies. As the inaugural winner of the uOttawa Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship as well as several awards within the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandra has demonstrated her leadership skills through her many extra-curricular activities. As a student mentor and teaching assistant Alexandra has helped fellow students; as a leader with Go ENG Girl! she has been a role model for young girls who are interested in engineering, entrepreneurship, and technology. After working as an Environmental Engineer-In-Training for Stantec Consultants for just under a year, Alexandra has returned to the University of Ottawa to pursue a Master’s degree in coastal engineering, where she is studying the risk of tsunami in Canada. She gave an inspiring talk at this year’s National Conference on Women in Engineering.

We hope to see you Thursday between 6:00-7:30 pm in STE5084. As usual, free food and refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends!


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