Looking Forward, Looking Backward: An Unorthodox Journey
Last updated on 2020-01-29
About the Book
This book tells the personal story of an immigrant woman in science. We immigrants bring the experiences of the countries of our birth, the poverty, the tribulations of our youth, and then the story of how we adjusted to Canadian life and have contributed, often in very special ways, to the success of the people whom we serve. As a female geologist, I have had a career that was at times lonely, frequently a struggle, and with experiences that seem so bizarre that I can only laugh at them now. During many years as a geology professor, I have tried to pay forward my childhood experiences. This book also explores how the landscape of university education in geology has changed over the past 50 years and my efforts and successes in fostering life-long innovation. I would like this book to bring inspiration, hope and courage to women navigating male-dominated workplaces, and those who have experienced some of the emotional challenges of my life, including childhood poverty, caring for an elderly parent, and cancer.
All author royalties from this book will be donated to the Piper Family Bursary for science students in financial need at Saint Mary’s University.
A hardcopy (paperback) version of this book is available through Amazon.
- 1. The scenery of my birth (1944)
- 2. Wandering in the fields and hills (1944-1954)
- 3. Teenage years (1955-1967)
- 4. Athens University (1962-1968)
- 5. Cambridge University (1968-1971)
- 6. The years of fulfilment (1972-1980)
- 7. Major changes and experiences (1981-1989)
- 8. The opportunity for influence (1989-1992)
- 9. Further building (1992-2009)
- 10. Return to my roots
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