New Way of Seeing Things

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“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  –  Henry Miller

Over the past month, I’ve been fortunate to have had several travel opportunities.  I’ve had the chance to meet some amazing people and listen to some incredibly inspiring talks.  Thank you to all of those who made it possible, and my poor husband who has barely seen me in a month…

Alberta Winds Tour to MusicFest Canada:  It’s been a long time since I’ve gone on an ensemble tour, and this year’s Alberta Winds tour did not disappoint!  We were invited as an evening guest ensemble for MusicFest Canada, and it was fantastic to play for all the talented students attending the festival in Vancouver.  The real treat, however, was getting to reconnect with Dr. Mark Hopkins from Acadia University!

CCWEST 2014:  I was invited to attend the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades & Technology annual conference in Regina, and I am so glad I attended!  The entire conference was jam-packed with major speakers and really inspiring sessions on gender issues in STEM fields.  I also couldn’t help but notice one huge theme that ran through all of the plenary talks- the role of mothers.  Dr. Roberta Bondar, Hayley Wickenheiser, Alvin Law, Dr. Linda Haverstock… all of them cited their mothers as being a huge influence on their ability to overcome obstacles and reflect differently on life.  Sure made me appreciate my own mother even more.

I also had a fantastic time at the writing workshop held by Kate Braid and Dr. Pat Miller-Schroeder.  It was extremely refreshing to hear writing advice from technical women, and I can’t wait to put some of their suggestions into action!  Also started reading Kate Braid’s memoir, Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World, and I’m loving it!

CEEA 2013:  I was pleased to be a part of the organizing committee for the Canadian Engineering Education Association‘s annual conference held this year in beautiful Canmore, Alberta.  I was honoured to meet so many Canadian researchers who know the importance of education innovation within the engineering field, and I had a great experience presenting two papers.  And I’m glad some of my colleagues persuaded me to do a short sunset hike near Grassi Lakes.

Presenting at CEEA 2014.

Presenting at CEEA 2014.

ASEE 2014:  Aside from a 7 am presentation slot, I had a great time at the annual conference and exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education.  This year I was able to attend several workshops by Texas Instruments, and I’m looking forward to incorporating their new technologies into some of my work.  Also took myself kayaking down the Indianapolis canal… coolest thing I’ve ever seen in a city.  Calgary needs a canal.

Kayaking in Indianapolis.

Kayaking in Indianapolis.

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