Rebecca Dean

Rebecca was born and raised in Cole Harbour, NS (yes for all you hockey fans, she went to school with Sidney Crosby). She completed her Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. An interest in the environment and multiple influential chemistry professors lead her to major in chemistry, with a focus on water chemistry. After gaining her Bachelor degree she moved to St. John’s, NL to obtain a PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where her interests shifted to green chemistry and the development of environmentally friendly polymer chemistry. Throughout her education she was actively engaged with the university community, representing the Chemistry Department on numerous boards and committees. She was involved in monitoring chemical safety practices, striving to achieve a safe work environment for all chemistry researchers, and in the development of an emergency management plan for the entire University.

Rebecca has a passion for bringing science to the general public. While residing in Calgary, AB, she worked at TELUS Spark, the new Science Centre. She engaged families and developed STEAM based science programs that were accessible for both children and adults. Rebecca is currently living in Vancouver, performing research at UBC that aims to develop improved devices for solar energy harvesting. In her spare time you will find her doing chemistry outreach in the community or outside on a mountain skiing or hiking.

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