Opening speech

The welcome to our #YorkUSci50 #WomenInSTEM alum event was given by Rajbir Ghuman (below left, creating metadata for digitized Kodachrome slides, for YorkSpace), and Michelle Binczyk (below right, speaking at a 2014 Biology field course).

Michelle BinczykMichelle:
Good Morning everyone and welcome to the 50th anniversary celebration of York University’s Women alumnae in the field of Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics
Good morning, I am Michelle and I am so glad to be here today. I am currently in my last year of my Biology B.Sc. at York University

2014-11-03 12.11.08Rajbir:
I would like to add to Michelle’s welcome. Welcome to this wonderful new Life Science building on the Keele campus, here at York University. My name is Rajbir and I am also in my last year of my biology B.Sc. degree at York University

Michelle:
We hope that you can stay with us as long as possible today, but we have organized the event in modules, to make it more convenient to help students and alumnae dip in and out of the event.

Rajbir:
We would like to thank the sponsors of today’s event who paid for today’s wonderful food, The Faculty of Science and Lassonde School of Engineering.

Michelle:
We also received funding from the York university Career Center who kindly provided us with brochures, please help yourself to some.

Rajbir:
And we would like to thank the Astronomy student club, who also provided funds for the food here today. Thank you.

Michelle:
There have always been women doing STEM subjects at York University.

Rajbir:
But, you might have heard in recent news out of Silicon Valley, that large tech companies like Google and Apple are concerned by the need to recruit more women into their field.

Michelle:
Women have come a long way in STEM but still have a long way to go,

Rajbir:
Today’s event is deigned to inspire everyone with an interest in the STEM field, but especially women, with the stories of some of our female alumnae.

Michelle:
We encourage you to ask question of our panelists, we have made sure that there will be plenty of time for that

Rajbir:
And to start the day off, I would like to introduce the first female Dean of Science and Engineering at York University, Professor Emerita, Gillian Wu!

Michelle:
Dr. Wu’s research spans biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. She is a renowned immunologist whose research generated seminal discoveries that changed the field

Rajbir:
But she is not just a world famous scientist, she is also the mother of two sons and a grandmother, and has supervised 14 successful Ph.D. students.

Michelle:
In fact she doesn’t only have grandchildren, she is also the grandmother of the term “net neutrality:

Rajbir:
Her son Tim Wu, who is a law professor at Columbia University, coined that term over 10 years ago.

Michelle:
So please extend a warm welcome to Dean Emerita, the first female dean of the faculty of science at York University, Dr. Gillian Wu!!

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