What does a physicist need to be able to do and other science secrets

Bel Sainz wants you to know that physicists are normal people, too, with challenges we can all relate to. Bel is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Perimeter Institute. In her job as a quantum researcher she has dealt with some common issues being a woman in a male dominated field, but she says things are changing! At Meetup #4 she will be sharing what women in her field are doing to help each other address bias, and the work she is doing in quantum research. She also answers the question does anyone really understand quantum physics, in this chat we had in advance of the meetup. How did you become a physicist? It was a mistake – I really liked math, but I didn’t want to study math itself. I thought physics would give me an excuse to use math in a fun way. I was right, physics is a fun […]

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Changing the Ratio in Tech: Let’s Do It Better, Waterloo Region

It’s not news that Silicon Valley, and the tech sector in general, has a problem with so-called “bro culture”. A quick Google search reveals some of the issues, for anyone who’s been living under a rock for the past few years: lack of diversity, the self-congratulatory claims of the field being a “meritocracy”, out-and-out discrimination, and the list goes on… Overwhelmingly most important, in my opinion, is the fact that 95% of white men in Silicon Valley don’t believe diversity is a top problem. I’m not going to waste time detailing the reasons this is important. Many, many people have shouted it from the rooftops, again and again. We need to BELIEVE them. More importantly, we need to step up and do something about it. Waterloo Region is known for its oft-cited barnraising culture, and for lending a hand to those in need. However, we need to start making sure […]

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Get your T-shirts at the Hive Waterloo Region store!

Yes, the store is now open! You can order Hive Waterloo Region t-shirts in Men’s/Unisex, Ladies’ and Youth sizes just in time for the Launch event on November 15th (order by October 31). Or if you were jealous of those HackerGrrlz tees, now you can get one of your very own! Shop now Pictured at right are Lori (left) sporting the Ladies’ Purple Heather HackerGrrlz shirt and Joan (right) wearing the purple Adult/Unisex HackerGrrlz shirt. Both have the “#codelikeagirl” tag on the back. NEW! Hive Waterloo Region T-shirts are available in Heather Grey for adults in both Ladies’ and Men’s Unisex styles and Youth shirts are black. The Hive Waterloo Region logo is on the left sleeve, and the tagline “Explore Create Share” is stacked on the bottom right side. These shirts are being printed locally on soft, comfy cotton. Allow 2-4 weeks for production. Delivery or pickup will be arranged. […]

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Nominate reads for the tech virtual bookshelf

In celebration of Guest Librarian Stephanie Rozek‘s term with Kitchener Public Library this fall, Hive Waterloo Region is crowdsourcing a virtual bookshelf of recommended reads. Do you have a favourite tech related book you think is a must? Are you a Nora Young fan? Or think everyone needs to read Bradbury? I love Steven Johnson. Is there a Sci-Fi graphic novel you think should be on the list? Please join us in suggesting books via social media #KPLTechReads, the form below or email hello@hivewr.ca. Loading… Thank you!! Photo from 20 Brilliant Bookcases (worth checking out)

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