Margaret-Ann Armour

27 May 2019

A Message from the Chair, Dr. Michelle Meagher:

As many of you have likely already heard, Dr Margaret-Ann Armour passed away this weekend.

I'm linking some news articles about Dr. Armour. These will give you a strong sense of Margaret-Ann's contribution to the U of A, to efforts to diversify STEM fields, and her unwavering enthusiasm for science education. She held a PhD in Chemistry, pioneered the WISEST program, was named a member of the Order of Canada, was a 3M Teaching Fellow, and she received the Governor General's Award in commemoration of the Person's Case. She was the awardee of several honorary doctorates, and regular visitor to the Edmonton K-9 school that was named in her honor, Dr Margaret-Ann Armour School.

Margaret-Ann has also been a long time friend, colleague, and supporter of our department. What always struck me about Margaret-Ann was her dedication to young women, and the delight she seemed to take in sharing their successes. The focus of her work was to draw young women into STEM, but as she noted in her address at the RIG launch earlier this semester, her fundamental goal has been to increase women's participation in decision making roles in all areas of scholarship. Her presence on campus will be sorely missed.

In the coming weeks, I'll share information about memorial activities.

"Mentor, scientist, advocate and spunky fast walker" - Edmonton Journal

"Scientist, advocate for women in science dies at 79" Global News

"University mourns loss of passionate promoter of women in science and tech" Folio