January’s WiPA Woman of the Month is Fabiola Gianotti, experimental particle physicist at CERN! You might remember her as the physicist who announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson. She became the first woman appointed Director-General at CERN in January 2016, and was listed as one of the top 100 most influential women by Forbes in 2013. Read more about her, here.
WiPA’s woman of the month is astrophysicist Meg Urry, Director of Yale Astronomy and Astrophysics. Urry studies active galactic nuclei, which are supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies, and their evolution. In 2010, Urry won the 2010 Women in Space Science Award from the Alder Planetarium for her efforts to increase the number of women in fields of the physical sciences. You can read more about her here.
Join us this Saturday (11/17/18) for our yearly weekend hike! We’ll be hiking to Top of the World Park in Laguna Beach and having lunch at the top, before hiking back down. If you’re interested in coming email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Department Colloquium with WiPA guest speaker President Elizabeth Hillman: “Collaborative, innovative, and inclusive: Diversity in the Sciences”
This upcoming department colloquium with WiPA guest speaker President Elizabeth Hillman will take place in RH 101 on November 29, 2018 at 3:30 PM. Don’t miss it!
Donna Strickland has become the first woman in 55 years to win the Nobel Prize in Physics! The prize was shared among Strickland, Arthur Ashkin, and Gerard Mourou for their groundbreaking work in lasers. This is a huge step in the right direction for women in physics! Read more, here.
Last week, Alessandro Strumia gave a talk at CERN that caused an outrage among academics in physics, as he presented destructive and scientifically incorrect notions about women in the field. You can read about it, as well as his subsequent suspension, here. The department has written a letter repudiating the notions Strumia presented. This is a very important step on the part of the department to show that it is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Attending conferences is a very important part of academia. The CUWiP is being held at UC Santa Barbara in January 2019. If you are a woman in physics, we strongly encourage you to apply! Deadline to apply is October 12, 2018. Details here: http://cuwip.physics.ucsb.edu/
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the discoverer of pulsars who was omitted from the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery, is WiPA’s woman of the month. She has now won the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, which comes with $3 million. What’s more? She’s going to put it towards helping women and underrepresented minorities in the field. A true hero! More here: https://www.space.com/41733-jocelyn-bell-burnell-pulsar-discovery-breakthrough-prize.html
A pioneering astronomer, Vera Rubin has made groundbreaking contributions to the field of astronomy. Her work confirmed the existence of dark matter, a substance that makes up 25% of the Universe’s contents and has yet to be discovered. Read about her story, here.
Emmy Noether was a mathematician who made some of the most significant contributions to the fields of mathematics and theoretical physics. You can read about Emmy Noether, here.