When I got word that the Council of Canadian Academies was preparing as assessment of women in university research, I waited with some anticipation for it to be released. As a mid-thirties working mom of two, hardly a dinner party or coffee date goes by without some animated discussion about the hardships and heroics of juggling career and family. And having observed women scientists in my extended family go to great lengths to tend to their children and their research at the same time, I wondered if there was something particular about the academic life that made it more difficult to balance than other professions. That’s just one of the questions I was able to delve into for the story I wrote about the Council’s report and work-life balance for women in university research on page 34 of this issue.

Also in this special careers edition, our columnists Roland Andersson, Ravi Ramachandran and Mike Fenwick all weigh in with great advice on how to envision your career if you’re just starting out. Meet career coach Alan Kearns in our Q and A on page 30 where you’ll find some inspiring ideas for managing your job search. In“Mass Appeal” on page 24, Tim Lougheed contrasts the examples of GreenCentre Canada and the soon-to-be-shut Experimental Lakes Area to find out how communicating the value of your work as a scientist or engineer is more critical than ever.

We aim to communicate the valuable work of chemists and chemical engineers in every issue of this magazine, and now those stories will be reaching an influential audience: beginning with the November/December 2012 issue, ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News is now delivered to every federal Member of Parliament.

Hope you enjoy the read!