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    2013 SPIE Women in Optics Events

    SPIE Optics + Photonics

    SPIE Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Monday 26 August | 5-6:30 pm | San Diego Marriott Hotel

    Finding the Right Fit: From Atmospheric Scientist to Educating the Next Generation of Scientists Worldwide

    Kathy Perkins, Director, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder

    Dr. Kathy Perkins directs the award-winning PhET Interactive Simulations Project at University of Colorado Boulder, a collection of over 100 interactive simulations for teaching and learning science that are used over 40 million times per year ( She began her career path with an undergraduate degree in physics and worked for a stint as an environmental consultant, before pursuing a graduate degree in experimental atmospheric science at Harvard University. Looking for more direct societal impact, she transitioned to physics education research in January 2003 as a post-doctoral researcher with Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman. Since then, her work in science education research has focused on advancing STEM education through several avenues, including work and research on pedagogically-effective design and use of interactive simulations, sustainable course reform, students' beliefs about science, and institutional change.

    Join us for an early evening opportunity for networking and inspiration and connect with your colleagues while enjoying light refreshments. Open to all paid conference attendees.

    Women in Optics Panel and Roundtable
    Monday 4 February | 4:30 - 6:00 pm 

    At SPIE Photonics West
    2 - 7 February 2013
    The Moscone Center
    San Francisco, California United States  
       SPIE Photonics West

    What Works for You: A Mentoring Panel for Women in Science and Technology

    Moderator: Michelle Xu, UC Berkeley (USA)

    Panelists: Jennifer Ellsworth, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA); Mona Jarrahi, University of Michigan (USA); Kristen Maitland, Texas A&M University (USA); Desiré Whitmore, UC Berkeley (USA); Rachel Won, Nature Photonics (Japan)

    Open to all conference attendees.

    Join us for a panel discussion featuring women pursuing diverse paths to balance career and family. The panel will be followed by a round-table session with one panelist per table leading the discussion. The goal of this event is to begin to build mentoring relationships for female graduate students and recent graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through hearing about and interacting with those already establishing their careers. Email to reserve your seat at the roundtable discussion.

    Light refreshments will be served.