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Canavan one of 15 women featured in journal

December 18, 2018 - By Kim Delker

Heather Canavan

Heather Canavan, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at The University of New Mexico, is featured in a special “In Focus” issue of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) journal Biointerphases highlighting Women in Biointerface Science.

Canavan’s research, advice, and biography are published in the December 2018 issue.

The special issue contains original research by 14 female principal investigators (plus one contributing author) at various stages of their careers. The issue also features a detailed editorial showcasing the careers of these women. They relate their experiences in their own words, dispense career advice to others and share reflections on how they got to where they are now.

Aiming to inspire the next generation of women entering the field, the special issue was the brainchild of the journal's editors Anna Belu, Katharina Maniura and Sally McArthur. By pulling together this collection, they sought not only to showcase great science but also to collect in one place many of the female leaders in their fields — enabling others to identify speakers for conferences, find research grant partners or seek out doctoral supervisors.

"We knew that many of the women had very different approaches to their work and also had very different experiences on how they had built their careers or were building them," said McArthur, who is the editor in chief of Biointerphases and a professor of biomedical engineering at Swinburne University of Technology and Science Leader at CSIRO in Australia. "We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight that work and particularly the different ways these women were inspired and undertook their research."

She added that the “In Focus” issue will be an ongoing collection to which women across the globe will continue to be invited to contribute.