Location: Conference Space (rooms A2, B2 and C2), 2nd floor, New Student Centre
Helen Hogg (1905-1993), Canada’s premier female astronomer and science writer, appeared to live a blessed life with a successful career. Not only did she rise through the academic ranks at the University of Toronto, but a list of her awards and honors fills more than one page. As we look back at Helen’s life, we see success, but we do not immediately notice that her journey as an astronomer and science writer was complex; the road she travelled was full of twists and turns which she strategically navigated. This paper will illuminate some of the personal and professional forces that influenced Helen’s work and supported her along her journey, demonstrating how she remains a model for future scientists.
About the Speaker
Prof. Cahill’s current interest explores research about and development of successful English programs in a quickly changing and progressively technological world. Currently, she is involved in publishing on that topic, as well as editing an issue of the South Atlantic Review dedicated to sustainability of the humanities. Another one of Dr. Cahill’s passions is reading and writing about women scientists and how they write science. In her dissertation, The Stars Belong to Everyone: The Rhetorical Practices of Astronomer and Technical Communicator Helen Sawyer Hogg, she analyzes how technical communication has been and may continue to be used as an alternative voice and catalyst for success, particularly for women in science and technology, and how this practice may inform pedagogy.