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Salient. Special Salient Issue. Careers Information Week. 1961

Openings For Women Scientists In The D.S.I.R

Openings For Women Scientists In The D.S.I.R.

Today at the Dominion Laboratory of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, which is the largest chemical laboratory in the country, a professional staff of over sixty includes seven women chemists. The following research projects in which they are engaged provide ample opportunities for both fundamental and applied research: analysis of natural and industrial gases: testing the purity of food supplies; the use of chromatographic methods for the identification of food colours and other additives; study of chemical methods of determining genetic history of pine trees: and the use of geochemistry to elucidate the geothermal activity of the Rotorua-Taupo area.

Women scientists are also employed in the Fats Research Laboratory and the Soil Bureau.

Miss L. Moore, the highest graded woman scientist in the Department, is senior botanist in the Botany Division. She has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, mainly for her research work on bracken, hard fern and New Zealand seaweeds.

Botanists are also employed in the Plant Physiology Section of the Grasslands Division, in the Plant Diseases Division, in the Vegetable Research Section of the Crop Research Division, and also in the N.Z. Oceanographic Institute.

Women are equally well represented in the physics and mathematics fields. They are found in the Geophysics Division, the Dominion Physical Laboratory and the Applied Mathematics Laboratory.

Women have never been well represented in Geology but an present there are two on the staff of the Geological Survey; one of them has been awarded a Travelling Scholarship to Cambridge University, The only woman zoologist in the Department is studying the physiology of the rabbit in the Animal Ecology Division.