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    Women in Optics - 2012



    Monday | 23 January 2012 | 4:30 pm - 6:00pm

    Leslie Fishlock

    Speaker:  Leslie Fishlock, Geek Girl (USA)

    Empowering Women in Tech: Mentor, Give Back, Pay it Forward

    If you are interested in receiving a copy of the slides from this presentation, please email Kristina Nelson at SPIE.

    Leslie is best known as the CEO, founder and Geek Girl #1 of Geek Girl, whose mission is to educate and empower every girl and woman (and dude) at every age level, on every skill level, at every income level on computer technology. Leslie's vision for education, evangelism, entrepreneurialism, and empowering women is apparent when you meet her. Leslie prides herself on being "the resource", and will share everything she knows about entrepreneurialism, starting a business and tech with anyone who asks. 

    Her most recent success has been to launch the first Geek Girl Educational Training Center (GGETC) in Hyannis, MA. The Geek Girl ETC offers workshops, personal consultation, drop-in classes, and all forms of group learning, onsite and offsite, and online. Included in this educational endeavor is their famous Help Desk services and Geek Girl for Hire.



    Wednesday | 18 April 2012 | 13:00 - 14:00

    Moderator: Dr. Anna Mignani, CNR-Institute of Applied Physics 'Nello Carrara' (Italy)

    Join us for an early afternoon opportunity for networking and inspiration and connect with your colleagues while enjoying a light lunch. Dr. Anna Mignani, CNR-Institute of Applied Physics 'Nello Carrara', Italy, will lead a moderated discussion to encourage networking and information exchange among those attending. Read more details about social and networking events at SPIE Photonics Europe.




    Tuesday | 24 April 2012 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Alison Flatau


    Speaker:  Alison Flatau, University of Maryland (USA)

    Experiences of an NSF "Rotator" and Beyond 

    After working in industry for four years and academia for eight, I had the opportunity to serve as an NSF Program Manager. I returned to academia four years later with the benefit of lessons learned at the NSF - my move from focusing on trees to forests. In my presentation, I'll talk about lessons learned at the NSF and will interweave thoughts on student mentoring, faculty mentoring and my own research on magnetostrictive materials.

    Dr. Flatau joined the Univ. Maryland in 2002 after serving as an NSF Program Manager (1998-2002) and as a Professor at Iowa State Univ. (2000-2008). She was the Director of Undergraduate Programs for Aerospace Engineering at UMD (2004-2009) prior to becoming the first Associate Dean of Research for the Clark School of Engineering at Maryland, a position in which she continues to grow and learn, while also serving in the inaugural class of Maryland ADVANCE Professors (2011-2012).




    Tuesday | 3 July 2012 | 16:30 pm - 18:00 pm

    Sarah Kendrew

    Speaker: Sarah Kendrew, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (Germany)

    The changing face(s) of astronomy


    The observatories of the future will change the way we do astronomy. A growing culture of openness and the networked nature of science are driving innovation in communication and collaboration between scientists, and far beyond the research community. Web-based citizen science platforms, such as the Zooniverse, bring together professional astronomers and science enthusiasts around the world - bringing exciting science to a broad audience, fostering trust in the research community, and redefining the answer to the question "Who is an astronomer?"


    Sarah Kendrew holds a PhD in Physics from University College London, and is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Systems Engineer at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. She works on several high-profile international instrumentation projects in infrared astronomy, for ground- and space-based observatories. She is a co-organiser of the dotAstronomy conference series and a science team member for the Zooniverse citizen science initiative Milky Way Project.