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APS March Meeting 2018

Diversity Events

Professional Skills Development Seminar for Undergraduate & Graduate Women
Sunday, March 4
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
LACC, 501AB

This 2-hour seminar will focus on professional skills that students can use to negotiate a position in academia, industry or at a national lab, interact positively on teams and with a mentor or advisor, think tactically, articulate goals, enhance their personal presence, and develop alliances. This highly interactive workshop will be led by Dr. Homeyra Sadaghiani, a Professor of Physics at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP).

Dr. Sadaghiani completed her Ph.D. on the study of student learning of quantum phenomenon and their ability to interpret mathematical formalism into physical meanings. At CPP, she is actively engaged in research related to teaching and learning physics. She is working at the forefront of her department’s research-based curricular reform for introductory and advanced courses, as well as college and university efforts in improving student success in STEM fields. She has led several professional development workshops for K-12 science teachers and CSU physics faculty.

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Dr. Sadaghiani

Who Should Attend?

Women undergrads and grad students.

Registration Information

  • No cost to attend
  • Preregistration is required
  • Registration is now closed

Professional Skills Development Seminar for Undergraduate & Graduate Women
Wednesday, March 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
JW Marriott LA Live, Platinum G

This session of the workshop will be led by Kerstin Nordstrom, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics at Mount Holyoke College. After majoring in physics and mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, she did her Ph.D. work at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a postdoc at the University of Maryland. Her research is in soft matter physics; her group uses experimental video-analysis and computational modeling to understand the behavior of a variety of non-Newtonian flows, from granular materials to the flow of polymer solutions in microfluidic channels. In 2018, she was named a Cottrell Scholar. She has served a term on the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (2014-2017), and remains involved with the group LGBT+physicists.

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Kerstin Nordstrom

Who Should Attend?

Women undergrads and grad students.

Registration Information

  • No cost to attend
  • Preregistration is required
  • Registration is now closed

LGBTQ+ Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, March 7
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, Platinum A

The LGBT+Physicists group welcomes all interested attendees to participate in a roundtable discussion on improving the professional and educational climate within physics with particular attention to those those who identify as gender and sexual minorities (LGBTQQIAAP+). The session will focus on the ongoing implementation of the recommendations from the report entitled “LGBT Climate in Physics: Building an Inclusive Community,” which was released at the APS March Meeting in 2015. We will discuss strategies for both APS-led and grass roots organizing aimed at improving support for physicists at different career stages and in diverse environments, including academia, industry and the public sector. Allies are especially welcome at this event to learn how they may help to support and mentor LGBT+ physicists and how the proposed actions can help improve the climate for a broad cross-section of physicists with intersecting minoritized identities within our field.

Who Should Attend?

All interested attendees and allies

NSBP/NSHP Reception
Wednesday, March 7
6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
JW Marriott, Platinum J

The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) meetup will provide opportunities for NSBP and NSHP members and those interested in the work of the societies to gather, network, and learn about NSBP and NSHP initiatives.

Who Should Attend?

All are welcome. Students and postdoctoral researchers are especially encouraged to attend.

Education & Diversity Networking Reception
Wednesday, March 7
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, Platinum I

Join us to relax, unwind, and learn about current diversity efforts spearheaded by APS, the Committee on Minorities in Physics (COM), the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), the Committee on Education (COE), and the LGBT+Physicists group. This is also a great time to network with colleagues. Light refreshments will be served.

 Sponsored by:

  • APS Forum on Education