I serve on hiring committees where I look for both capability and diversity in applicants.
“Eat Food. Not Too much. Mostly Plants. Let Food Be Your Medicine.” –Hippocrates
Dr. Trust Beta and her team are working towards understanding the role of plant chemicals (phytochemicals) in promoting health when consumed as part of our daily diet. She is a Certified Food Scientist and a Full Professor in Food Science at the University of Manitoba. She has just completed her 10-year appointment as a Canada Research Chair II in grain-based functional foods. She has published over 100 papers in the form of research articles and book chapters.
My favourite part of the job is conducting research with concomitant training of highly qualified personnel.
I have been researching on plant chemicals (phytochemicals) in crops, their identification, quantification and changes during handling and processing.
They become food scientists, quality assurance managers, food production supervisors, food product development scientists, professors, and research scientists.
Yes. Generally there is accommodation for women representation on committees. Thus I am able to bring up issues that involve me as a woman. There has been a case where I have had to opt for an appeal when I felt disadvantaged in a process of promotion where men formed the majority of the committee members.
I serve on hiring committees where I look for both capability and diversity in applicants. I also hire highly qualified personnel from different backgrounds such that I create a mini 'united nations' in my research team.
Institutions can showcase exemplary female scientists in their efforts to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science and engineering. Such showcasing can be done in schools and through advertisements in different media.
My advice would be to encourage them to pursue such careers as girls and young women are quite as capable as any male student and that they would find the careers as rewarding as I have discovered
My role models have been mostly my male mentors although later I found a few female models along the way. They are in the field of food science.