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Super Awesome Science Show recap: Superheroines of Science

Former astronaut Julie Payette will be Canada's 29th governor general. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Can you name a female scientist? How about two? If you can’t, don’t worry. The recognition of female scientists is rather poor. But don’t worry because on this week’s Super Awesome Science Show, we have got you covered. We’ll go through some of the most amazing contributions women have made to advancing our technology and making your lives better. We also are fortunate to welcome two of Canada’s greatest science superheroines to the show.

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Our first guest has been known for well over two decades, Julie Payette. She first gained popularity in 1999 as the second female Canadian in space and was a member of a second mission to space in 2009.  She made headlines again in 2017 when she was installed as our Governor General. We speak about her journeys over this time and how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM, has played a significant role throughout her life. She also offers her advice to those who feel that STEM is for them and why experimenting is a necessary part of life.

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We next speak with Molly Shoichet. She is one of our country’s greatest scientists. She has achieved incredible success in her work and is the only person to be a fellow of Canada’s three national academies — the Canadian Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has also given back to the public through her attempts to merge Hollywood and research. She shares her journey with us and offers some inspiration to those who wish to seek out STEM as a vocation.

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Guests:

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
http://www.gg.ca/en 
Twitter: @GGJuliePayette

Dr. Molly Shoichet
https://shoichetlab.utoronto.ca/
Twitter: @mollyshoichet

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