Brain Drain becomes Brain Gain (for Canada)I recall a few years ago when we continually heard about the "Brain Drain" of scientists leaving Canada to seek research grants and prolific careers in the United States. This week the Canadian government and its universities "fired across the bow" and successfully recruited 19 of the world's best with a 7 year Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) grants.
What about Gender Equity?
Of the 19 successful candidates there are zero women represented and according to Winnipeg Free Press out of the 40 names put forward none were women.
The Many Faces of Science and Computing
When I was recently teaching computer studies I came across some excellent videos from the University of Washington examining a day in the life of three successful women in the field of computing. The video was well received by the students and they came to better understand that the field of computing is not "only" about programming in the corner on your own. While preparing one of my lessons I also discovered
Career Advice from an IBM Fellow - YouTube Style
One of the most innovative and personal career advice videos was recently created by, IBM Fellow, John Cohn.
His video Engineering Paradise - YouTube is fun to watch, but the singers won't be competing on American Idol anytime soon.
When we watched John's video in the classroom I explained the role of the "Fellows" program at IBM and we had a great discussion of intellectual property rights, open source licensing models, and the ethical use of software.