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Tamara  Franz-Odendaal - Mount Saint Vincent University . Halifax, NS, CA

Tamara Franz-Odendaal Tamara  Franz-Odendaal

Professor, Faculty of Biology, NSERC Chair Women in Science and Engineering- Atlantic Canada; Principal Investigator - Bone Development Laboratory | Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS, CANADA

Developmental biologist / Anatomist;
Advocate for the Advancement of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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Dr. Tamara Franz Odendaal, NSERC WISE-Atlantic Chair, MSVU Tamara Franz-Odendaal: Developmental Biologist Girls Get Wise

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Biography

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with a PhD in Zoology and completed her post-doctoral studies at Dalhousie University in Evolutionary-Developmental Biology. Dr. Franz-Odendaal joined the Mount in 2006 as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) University Faculty award recipient (2006-2011) and has since launched an active and productive research program as a morphologist and developmental biologist in the field of skeletal biology.

In 2011, Dr. Franz-Odendaal was awarded the NSERC Atlantic Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Atlantic Region (WISEatlantic). She is one of five chair holders across Canada that are working to increase the participation of women in science and engineering and to provide role models for women considering careers in these fields. The aim of the WISEatlantic program is to provide girls in junior and senior high school with access to role models active in the sciences and engineering fields through mentorships, webinars, Girls Get WISE Science events and Science Summer Camps. Through WISEatlantic, she also supports women in STEM careers through professional development opportunities, such as the WinSETT Leadership Program workshops and academic advancement workshops. By 2016, her program reached over 13,000 students, teachers, academics, professionals etc., and had directly engaged 3000 youth with almost 200 female role models in STEM.

Industry Expertise (4)

Biotechnology Education/Learning Research Laboratory Services

Areas of Expertise (18)

Morphology Embryology Molecular Biology Anatomy Genetics Teaching Science Science Outreach to the Public Girl's and Women's Empowerment Science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate education Bone biology and regeneration bone development skeleton evo-devo Evolution and Development Developmental Biology Girls in STEM STEM careers

Accomplishments (5)

Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (NSERC) (professional)

2011-10-01

Dr. Franz-Odendaal is the current Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Atlantic Canada.

Research Excellence Award (professional)

2013-05-23

Dr Franz-Odendaal was awarded Mount Saint Vincent University's Research Excellence Award

Young Investigator Award in Morphological Sciences (professional)

2013-04-25

Dr Franz-Odendaal was awarded the American Association of Anatomists Young Investigator's Award in Morphological Sciences for her contribution to biomedical research

Dove's Unstoppable Moms for Unstoppable Girls (professional)

2013-05-30

Dr Franz-Odendaal was awarded the Dove's Unstoppable Moms for Unstoppable Girls for her work engaging girls in science.

Science Champion (professional)

2013-05-17

Dr Franz-Odendaal was awarded a Science Champion award by the Discovery Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, for her contribution to STEM outreach

Education (4)

Dalhousie University: Post Doctorate, Biology 2006

University of Cape Town: Ph.D., Biology 2002

University of Cape Town: M.Sc., Medicine 1997

University of Cape Town: B.Sc., Zoology 1994

Affiliations (1)

  • Vice President Nova Scotia Institute of Science

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (12)

Women in science

Saint Mary's University  radio

2016-02-20

Dr. Franz-Odendaal was a guest panelist on Science Files, a program of news radio 95.7 fm, to discuss women in science.

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Start-Up Funding

CBC Information Morning, Cape Breton  radio

2016-01-06

Dr. Franz-Odendaal was interviewed for CBC radio's Information Morning - Cape Breton regarding her thoughts about a local competition that provides funding for start-up companies, and how very few of the contest winners were start-ups run by women.

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Trendsetter: Tamara Franz-Odendaal

Halifax Magazine  online

2014-04-01

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal was interviewed for Halifax Magazine's Trendsetter piece. The article details Tamara's accomplishments as a biologist and as the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering.

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Want to help women in science? Provide decent child care for starters

The Chronicle Herald  online

2015-06-19

Dr. Franz-Odendaal wrote an op-ed for The Chronicle Herald that discussed how providing decent child care is one way to help keep women working in the sciences.

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Women in science retreat comes to Halifax

Global News  tv

2015-04-10

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal chats about the Girls Get WISE Science Retreat taking place in Halifax. The event is all about encouraging girls to consider careers in fields like science, engineering, technology and math.

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It's time to change the STEM stereotype

STEM Magazine  

2015-01-01

In this article for STEM Magazine, Dr. Franz-Odendaal writes about STEM stereotypes, why we need to be aware of them, and also how we can help change the stereotypes.

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Challenge — like riding a bomb —brings joy, astronaut tells girls

The Chronicle Herald  online

2014-05-17

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal provides a quote for a story about one of WISEatlantic's Girls Get WISE Science Retreats for girls that featured a female astronaut as a guest speaker.

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STEM and the female student

The Chronicle Herald  online

2014-01-23

Lead researcher Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal discusses results from the WISEatlantic research study 'Career Choices and Influencers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math'.

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Early engagement key to getting girls into science careers, Canadian study says

The Globe and Mail  online

2014-01-22

Lead researcher Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal discusses results from the WISEatlantic research study 'Career Choices and Influencers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math'.

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Empowering Women in STEM

International Innovation  

2013-01-01

Three of the five NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, including Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, explain that while of course initiatives to bolster the amount of women in STEM careers are needed, real change requires greater support in the workplace and a shift in the way society and cultures view women who choose to work in STEM fields.

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NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) Program Part II

International Innovation  

2013-01-01

In the second of a two-part series, International Innovation rejoins three of the five NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, The chairs discuss their work to support the increased participation of women in the STEM fields.

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NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) Program Part I

International Innovation  

2012-01-01

In the first of a two-part series, International Innovation interviews three of the five NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, The chairs discuss their work to support the increased participation of women in the STEM fields.

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Event Appearances (10)

Leadership Starts Early: The Impact of Role Models

Gender Summit Three  Washington, DC

2013-11-13

Strategies to enable girls to interact with role models and to expand their understanding of STEM careers

Gender Summit Three  Washington, DC

2013-11-13

All About Bones: Insights from fossils and embryo's

WISE NL Statoil Seminar Series  St. John's, Newfoundland

2014-04-16

Call to Action: NSERC Chairs

Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology Conference  Regina, Saskatchewan

2014-05-21

Promoting Women in Academia Through Career Development

Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology Conference  Ottawa, Ontario

2016-05-04

Engaging Young Girls in STEM Throughout Canada

Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology Conference  Ottawa, Ontario

2016-05-04

Supporting Women in Chemistry

Chemical Institute of Canada Conference  Halifax, Nova Scotia

2016-06-07

Career intentions, influencers, and STEM career awareness amongst grade 7s.

Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering Science Trades and Technology  Ottawa

2016-05-10

Promoting women in academia through career development workshops.

Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering Science Trades and Technology  Ottawa

2016-05-11

GIRLS and Science: why it’s important and how you can support them

Nova Scotia Institute of Science  Halifax, NS

2012-10-08

Research Grants (3)

Chair for Women in Science and Engineering

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 

Funding to support programming aimed at bridging the gender gap in STEM fields

Discovery Grant

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 

Funding to support research in the biological sciences, in particular the evolution and development of the skeleton

Skeletal development in zebrafish

Nova Scotia Health Research Grant 

2016-11-18

This study explored the use of zebrafish to study skull defects in humans.

Articles (5)

Experiences and Perceptions of STEM. Subjects and Careers and Engagement in STEM Activities Among Middle School Students. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

2016-06-03

Study surveying youth in Atlantic Canada on their attitudes towards science and math, what/who influencers their future, and their likelihood of choosing a STEM career.

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It is time to change the STEM stereotype STEM Magazine

2015-07-08

Article about STEM stereotypes and the impact they have on girls decisions to pursue STEM careers

Strategies for advancing women in chemistry Hayden-McNeil Publishers, USA

2016-06-08

This article discusses the strategies women can use to advance their careers in STEM fields

Gender Equality in Science International Innovation- North America, Research Media

2013-06-12

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Over 40 publications in the biological sciences Various

2016-10-31

You can view my biological research publications on the database "Pubmed" or on "google scholar"

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