APS CUWiP 2019 at TAMU-CC

 Keynote Speaker

 Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research

Fabiola Gianotti received a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Milano in 1989. Since 1994 she has been a research physicist at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, and since August 2013 an honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a corresponding member of the Italian Academy of Sciences, foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and of the French Academy of Sciences, honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy and Foreign Member of the Royal Society, London.

Dr Gianotti has worked on several CERN experiments, being involved in detector R&D and construction, software development and data analysis.

From March 2009 to February 2013 she held the elected position of project leader (”Spokesperson”) of the ATLAS experiment. The ATLAS Collaboration consists of 3000 physicists from some 38 countries. On 4 July 2012 she presented the ATLAS results on the search for the Higgs boson in an historic seminar at CERN. This event marked the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments.

Dr Gianotti is the author or co-author of more than 550 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has given more than 40 invited plenary talks at the major international conferences in the field.

She has been a member of several international committees, such as the Scientific Council of the CNRS (France), the Physics Advisory Committee of the Fermilab Laboratory (USA), the Council of the European Physical Society, the Scientific Council of the DESY Laboratory (Germany), the Scientific Advisory Committee of NIKHEF (Netherlands) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Kimoon.

She received honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Uppsala, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, McGill University (Montreal), University of Oslo, University of Edinburgh, University of Roma Tor Vergata, University of Chicago and University of Naples.

Dr. Gianotti was awarded the honour of “Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’ordine al merito della Repubblica” by the Italian President. She received the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2013), the Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society (2013), the Medal of Honour of the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen, 2013), and the Wilhelm Exner Medal (Vienna, 2017). She was included among the “Top 100 most inspirational women” by The Guardian newspaper (UK, 2011), ranked 5th in Time magazine’s Personality of the Year (USA, 2012), included among the “Top 100 most influential women” by Forbes magazine (USA, 2013 and 2017) and considered among the “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013” by Foreign Policy magazine (USA, 2013).

On 1st January 2016, she has become Director-General of CERN.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Lali Chatterjee, Physicist and Program Manager in the High Energy Physics (HEP) Program, Office of Science (SC), Department of Energy (DOE)

     Lali Chatterjee (PhD) is a Physicist and Program Manager in the High Energy Physics (HEP) Program, Office of Science (SC), Department of Energy (DOE). She manages computational partnerships and advanced computing for the program and the new Quantum Information Science subprogram. Prior to joining HEP, she served as Program Manager in the Advanced Scientific and Computing Research Program at SC, DOE where she managed the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing partnerships, and subsequently as Director, Office of SC Communications and Public Affairs.

Dr. Chatterjee’s past has been in academics as professor of Physics and Astronomy in Cumberland University, and prior to that in other universities and laboratories in the US and in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She has over 20 years research/teaching experience & over 60 research publications and papers. Her specialization within physics is in particle and nuclear physics, and their intersections with atomic & molecular physics and astrophysics. While based in India, she gave invited talks at conferences around the world and developed multiple prestigious international collaborations. She has also worked in scientific publishing as Editor and as Senior Science Advisor.

A love of science and associated commitment has been the driving force of Dr. Chatterjee’s multidimensional professional career, and she has a talent for explaining complex physics concepts in simple and meaningful ways that has drawn in students from diverse backgrounds and age groups to science. Her professional experience includes managing particle physics, computing, broader science programs, and developing new sub programs (at DOE); scientific publishing and editorial experience; particle physics and connected areas of advanced research; graduate and undergraduate teaching; and developing successful new journals and creative academic programs and initiatives.

Dr. Gabriela González, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University

     Gabriela González is a physicist working on the discovery of gravitational waves with the LIGO team. She was born in Córdoba, Argentina, studied physics at the University of Córdoba, and pursued her Ph.D. in Syracuse University, obtained in 1995.

She worked as a staff scientist in the LIGO group at MIT until 1997, when she joined the faculty at Penn State. In 2001 she joined the faculty at Louisiana State University, where she is a professor of physics and astronomy.

he has received awards from the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society and the US National Academy of Sciences, is a Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

She has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since it was funded in 1997, served as the elected LSC spokesperson in 2011-2017, and is known for participating in the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves in 2016. Her work has focused on LIGO instrument development (especially reducing noise sources and tuning alignment systems) and LIGO data calibration and diagnostics, critical to increasing the astrophysical reach of data analysis methods.

Dr. Niescja Turner, Space Physicist and Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Trinity University

Dr. Niescja Turner holds the endowed Charles A. Zilker Distinguished Professorship in Physics and Astronomy at Trinity University. She earned her bachelor’s in Physics at Rice University and her Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a staff scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, Finland before returning to the US to become a professor.

 

She has been faculty at three distinctly different schools: a large, open-admission state school on the US-Mexico border, a small, private, research-intensive technical school where she spent 9 years as the only woman in a department of 18 faculty, and now at a small, highly selective liberal arts and sciences university in San Antonio. Her research interests include the physics of near-Earth space and issues of equity in STEM. Dr. Turner was a member of the task force that rewrote the ethics code for the American Geophysical Union’s 60,000 members to define harassment, discrimination, and bullying as forms of scientific misconduct.

 

Dr. Turner also serves on the Board of Trustees for an educational foundation dedicated to supporting education for gifted and talented students in her home state of Louisiana. She is a recipient of an NSF Career Award, a NASA Group Achievement Award, the 2014 Rice University Outstanding Space Science Alum Award, and the 2013 Joan Bixby Award for contributions for improving the climate for women. In her free time she enjoys traveling, and she has a particular interest in visiting sites famous for archeoastronomy or prehistoric rock art.

 

Dr. Kelly Nash, Associate Professor of Physics and Graduate Advisor of Record in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Dr. Kelly Nash is an Associate Professor of Physics and Graduate Advisor of Record in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She also serves as the Interim Director for the Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center at UTSA.

Her scientific research focuses on synthesis and characterization nanomaterials and their biophysical interaction with biological systems from the molecular to cellular level. The impact of her nanomaterials research stretches from fundamental biophysical studies to biomedicine, energy and environmental applications. In 2015, she was awarded the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program award for the research efforts in biophysics.

Additionally, she has been given numerous awards for her contributions to science and promotion of inclusiveness in STEM including Dillard University Alumni 40 Under 40 award, UTSA College of Sciences Excellence in Community Service Award, San Antonio Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, and UTSA President’s Distinguished Diversity Award. She continually advocates for both minorities and women being involved in science and research early in their academic careers through strategic initiatives and programming within UTSA and aborad. Currently she serves as the UTSA APS Bridge Program Coordinator, facilitator for the APS Professional Skills Development for Women and is the national chair for the APS sponsored Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. 

Panelists

  • Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford
    • Imposter Syndrome, session III and IV
    • Women in Leadership, session V and VI
  • Dr. Amanda Bayless
    • Imposter Syndrome, session III and IV
    • Women in Leadership, session V and VI
  • Dr. Tracy Becker
    • Imposter Syndrome, session III and IV
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities: what, when, how?, session I and VI
  • Andrea Byrd
    • Essential Skills Acquired as Undergraduate Student, session V and VI
  • Maggie Cano
    • Applying to Grad School, session II and V
  • Dr. Cathy Clewett
    • Careers in Academia, session I and VI
  • Dr. Heather Cowardin
    • Interdisciplinary Connections, session IV
    • Women in Leadership, session V and VI
  • Mojgan Dehghani
    • Applying to Grad School, session II and V
    • Life in Grad School, session III and VI
  • Laura Earley
    • Careers in Academia, session I and VI
  • Andrea Griffith
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities: what, when, how?, session I and IV
  • Sara J. King
    • Transferring to a Four-year College, session V
  • Rachel Lawson
    • Transferring to a Four-year College, session V
  • Dr. J. Don Luna
    • But are you REALLY communicating your research???
  • Dr. Lizeth Magana
    • Applying to Grad School, session II and V
    • Life in Grad School, session III and VI
  • Anthony Magaro
    • Undergraduaate Research Opportunities: what, when, how?, session I, IV, and VI
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session V
  • Dr. Leslie Mills
    • How to Write a Successful CV/Resume/Letter of Interest, session I and II
  • Sarah Morgeson
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities: what, when, how?, session I, IV, and VI
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session III and IV
  • Cherrie Anne Nelson
    • Careers in Academia, session I and VI
  • Dr. Kurt Retherford
    • Applying to Grad School, session II and VI
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session III
    • Interdisciplinary Connections, session IV
  • Brooke Robbins 
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session III and IV
  • Dr. Stefani Schomacker
    • How to Prepare for the Interview, session II and III
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sooby Wood
    • Women in Leadership, session V and VI
    • Interdisciplinary Connections, session IV
  • Ally Stanton
    • Undergraduate Research Opportunities: what, when, how?, session I, IV, and VI
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session III and V
  • Dr. Beth Thacker
    • Careers in Academia, session I and VI
  • Melissa Ward
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session III and IV
  • Dr. Wendi Williams
    • Interdisciplinary Connections, session IV
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session III and V
  • Dr. Brian Zook
    • Interdisciplinary Conenctions, session IV
    • Life in Grad School, session III and VI
    • Careers Outside of Academia, session V