- Keynote - Professor Debra Fischer
- The CUWiP keynote is broadcasted live to all conference sites. This year's speaker is Yale Astronomer, Professor Debra Fischer. Professor Fischer's research is in detection and characterization of exoplanets. She was part of the team to discover the first known multiple-planet system.
- Professor Saul Perlmutter, (Title to Follow)
- Professor Perlmutter is a UC Berkeley Professor with a joint appointment at LBNL. He currently heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at LBNL, where he researches high redshift supernovae. It was with this team that his observations of Type Ia supernova led to the discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. Professor Perlmutter shares the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Reiss and Schmidt for this discovery.
- Professor Frances Hellman, (Title to Follow)
- Professor Hellman is a UC Berkeley Professor with a joint appointment at LBNL. Her research is concerned with properties of novel magnetic and superconducting materials, especially in thin film form. Her research group also works on measuring transport and heat capacity in thin films.
- Dr. Luisa Bozano, From Italy to California, my path to science and the lessons learned
- Dr. Luisa D. Bozano has been a research scientist at IBM’s Almaden Research Center (California, USA) since 2000. A native of Genova (Genoa), Italy, Dr. Bozano received a Laurea Degree in physics at the University of Genova in 1996. After graduation, she came to the U.S. to continue her collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory (Upton, New York) on spin polarization of protons beams. In 1997, she moved to California, where she worked for a small company and joined the University of California-Santa Cruz as a researcher. In 1998 she entered the graduate program and earned her Ph.D. in physics in 2001. Dr. Bozano is author of several technical papers on organic materials and co-inventor of a new class of bistable organic memory devices for which she obtained a patent. Currently she is manager of the nanofabrication facility in Almaden working on next generation materials and new fabrication technologies to achieve smaller dimensions using electron beam.
- Kate Kamdin, Mind the Gap: A Statistical Approach to Understanding Gender Inequality in the Physical Sciences
- Kate Kamdin is a third year graduate student at UC Berkeley. Her research is on neutrinoless double beta decay as part of the SNO+ collaboration.
- Clara Moskowitz, Translating Science to the Public: A Career in Science Journalism
- Clara Moskowitz attended the science writing program at UC Santa Cruz and has since written for Discover Magazine, SPACE.com and LiveScience.com. She is currently an Associate Editor at Scientific American. She covers news in space & physics; see some of her recent articles at Scientific American.
- Dr. Sofia Quaglioni, From Nucleons, to Nuclei, to Fusion Reactions
- Dr. Quaglioni is a scientific staff member of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Trento (Italy), with expertise in nuclear theory. Dr. Quaglioni performs first principles (or, ab initio) calculations of light nuclei. Her goal is to accurately describe both the structure (bound, excited states, narrow resonances) of light nuclei and, most importantly, their reactions in thermonuclear environments (such as in stellar interiors or at terrestrial fusion facilities), starting from the nucleon degrees of freedom and accurate nuclear interactions among them. Dr. Quaglioni's present research interest revolve around the development of theoretical and computational tools to reach a fundamental description of light-ion fusion reactions important for astrophysics modeling and fusion energy applications, such as the ab initio no-core shell model / resonating-group method (NCSM/RGM).