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Kimberly A. Scott, Ed.D., Professor & Executive Director
Arizona State University

Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University (ASU) and Founder/Executive Director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST). Founded by Scott, The center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship and program about and for under-represented girls in STEM.

Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Scott’s interdisciplinary research examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their technosocial innovations.

Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. Dr. Scott earned her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and French Literature, an M.S. from Long Island University in Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education and her Ed.D. from Rutgers University in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, and completed at Harvard’s Business School the High Potentials Leadership Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
Arizona State University

Director and Foundation Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration

Principal Investigator, NASA Psyche Mission

Co-chair, Interplanetary Initiative

Co-founder, Beagle Learning, LLC

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, co-chair of the Interplanetary Initiative, and she is the Principal Investigator of the Psyche mission, selected as part of NASA’s Discovery program.

Her research includes theory, observation, and experiments concerning terrestrial planetary formation, magma oceans, and subsequent planetary evolution including magmatism and interactions between rocky planets and their atmospheres. She also promotes and participates in education initiatives, in particular, inquiry and exploration teaching methodologies, and leadership and team-building for scientists and engineers.

She has lead four field expeditions in Siberia, as well as participated in fieldwork in the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

Elkins-Tanton received her B.S. and M.S. from MIT in 1987, and then spent eight years working in business, with five years spent writing business plans for young high-tech ventures. She then returned to MIT for a Ph.D. Elkins-Tanton spent five years as a researcher at Brown University, followed by five years on MIT faculty, before accepting the directorship of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science. In 2014 she moved to the directorship at Arizona State University. 

She serves on the Standing Review Board for the Europa mission, and served on the Mars panel of the Planetary Decadal Survey and on the Mars 2020 Rover Science Definition Team.

Elkins-Tanton is a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and served on the National Academy of Sciences Decadal Survey Mars panel. In 2008 she was awarded a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER award, and in 2009 was named Outstanding MIT Faculty Undergraduate Research Mentor. In 2010 she was awarded the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize. The second edition of her six-book series The Solar System, a reference series for libraries, was published in 2010 and the book Earth, co-authored with Jeffrey Cohen, was published in 2017. Asteroid (8252) Elkins-Tanton was named for her. In 2013 she was named the Astor Fellow at Oxford University, and in 2016 she was named a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Amber Straughn, Astrophysicst
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Amber Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Science Communications. She is also the Associate Director of the Astrophysics Science Division. Follow her on Twitter: @astraughnomer

Amber grew up in the small farming town of Bee Branch, Arkansas where her fascination with astronomy began under beautifully dark, rural skies. She obtained her B.S. in Physics at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2002, and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at Arizona State University in 2008. Amber has been at Goddard full-time since 2008; prior to her current role she held a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship. She has been involved in NASA programs since her undergrad years, beginning with flying an experiment on NASA's microgravity KC-135 plane (the "vomit comet") in 2001. During graduate school, Amber received the NASA Space Grant Fellowship for summer studies, and in 2005 was awarded the 3-year NASA Harriett Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship.

Amber's research focuses on interacting and star-forming galaxies in the context of galaxy assembly, where she uses imaging and infrared spectroscopic data mostly from the Hubble Space Telescope. Her broad research interests include galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy mergers and interactions, physical processes induced by galaxy interactions including star formation and black hole growth, and emission-line galaxies. Her full CV is here.

In addition to research, Amber's role with the JWST project science team involves working with Communications and Outreach activities. She is an experienced public speaker, with audiences ranging from small local classrooms to audiences of 2200+ at events such as Comic Con and the World Science Festival. Amber also interacts frequently with the media, having done numerous live television interviews, media features for NASA, and has appeared in documentaries on PBS NOVA, the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel, National Geographic, Spike TV, and in the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's "Hubble Gotchu" segment. She's done short interviews with CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, and other local media outlets. She very much enjoys telling NASA's science stories.

Amber lives in Glenn Dale, MD., with her husband Matt and her two Great Danes and one cat. Her love of all things air and space prompted her to become a pilot; she earned her Private Pilot's license in early 2013. She has been an active yoga practitioner for years, and teaches a volunteer yoga class weekly. Amber is very involved in community and volunteer work, and loves to cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Jackson, Ph.D. Physics, 1970

Physics alumnus Jane Jackson was the first woman to receive her Ph.D. in physics at ASU. She currently works with high school teachers to give them resources to guide and inspire students in the physical sciences, what she calls the "chief STEM pathway." Jackson believes that with physics being the foundation of all sciences, engineering and technology, Arizona's economic competitiveness depends on a strong K-12 education that includes robust physics courses. Hear about Jane's story in 2 minutes at   vimeo.com/178494222 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zhara Hussaini, Software Engineer
Google

Zahra graduated from ASU in winter 2013 with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. As an undergraduate, she worked in an electron microscopy research lab on modeling the effects of point defects in bulk crystalline materials. After graduating, she spent a year as a Research Assistant in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. At NIST, she created data analysis and visualization tools for studying carbon nanotube growth. Her interest in computer modeling and data analysis led to her current position as a software engineer at Google.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Kelly Nash, Associate Professor
University of Texas at San Antonio
APS Representative

Dr. Kelly Nash is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her work focuses on synthesis and characterization nanomaterials and their fundamental interaction with biological systems from the molecular to cellular level and also includes understanding the combined effects of nanoparticles and electromagnetic fields for manipulation and control the biophysics of single cells. In 2015, she was awarded the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program award for the research efforts in biophysics.

Dr. Nash is committed to recruiting minorities, women and first-generation college students into physics careers through providing them with research experiences in the laboratory. In addition to advising doctoral students, she has mentored students from high school through undergraduate levels. Since joining the faculty at UTSA she has served as advisor to the Society of Physics Student chapter; working to help students gain research experiences and helping them apply to REU programs. She also is an advocate for involving students in research at an early stage and often. Over the last 6 years she has consistently served as a research mentor to local high school students through programs such as the San Antonio Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (SA-PREP), American Chemical Society Project SEED, and community college students from the Alamo Colleges. For these efforts she has been recognized by her university and local community colleges. Dr. Nash has co-organized meetings which engage students; including the annual San Antonio Nanotechnology Forum (SANTF) conference at UTSA and the 2016 American Physical Society sponsored Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (APS CUWiP) hosted at UTSA/Southwest Research Institute. She currently serves as the chair-elect for the national organizing committee for APS CUWiP and as an APS Professional Skills Development Seminar leader.  

Dr. Nash received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds a B.Sc. in Physics from Dillard University and a M.Sc. in Applied Physics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

 

 

 

Professor Patricia Burchat, Stanford University, APS CUWiP Keynote Speaker

Patricia Burchat is the Gabilan Professor in the Physics Department at Stanford University. Her research focuses on studies of the Universe at both the smallest and the largest scales, to probe two questions: What is the Universe made of?  What are the laws of physics that govern the constituents of the Universe? She has held a number of leadership positions in experiments at accelerators that probe the elementary particles and the fundamental interactions.  She is now part of a large international team of scientists preparing for analysis of data from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will provide the most extensive census of the Universe to date. She and her collaborators will use these data to investigate the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and the cosmological evolution of the Universe.

Patricia Burchat is a “first-gen” high school graduate. She received her Bachelors degree in Engineering Science at University of Toronto in 1981, and her PhD in Physics from Stanford in 1986. She was a postdoc and faculty member at UC Santa Cruz before returning to Stanford as a faculty member in 1995. At Stanford, she has served as Chair of the Physics Department and has been very active in introducing research-based pedagogy in the teaching of physics. She has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching, and was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. Patricia Burchat has played a leading role in the growth of the APS Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Walker, Professor 
Arizona State University

Professor Sara Walker is a theoretical physicist and astrobiologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, where she does research on the origin of life, astrobiology and the physics of life. You can learn more about her research by visiting her group's page Emergence@ASU.

Professor Walker also serve on the Board of Directors for the education and research non-profit Blue Marble Space and am passionate about communicating science to the public. Her public engagement activities have included appearing on NPR's Science Friday and the Discovery Channels Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, in addition to co-founding the astrobiology social network SAGANet.org
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Dr. Marcelle Soares-Santos, Assistant Professor
Brandeis University

Marcelle Soares-Santos is an Assistant Professor at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on uncovering the nature of the accelerated expansion of the Universe using data from the largest sky surveys ever conducted. As a member of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration, Soares-Santos contributed to the construction of the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) and leads the search program for optical counterparts of gravitational wave events using that camera. The program aims at establishing gravitational waves as a completely novel method to study cosmic acceleration in future surveys. She also contributes to the effort of measuring the cosmic acceleration using traditional methods such as galaxy clusters and weak gravitational lensing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Dara Norman, Deputy Associate Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Community Science and Data Center

Dr. Dara Norman is the Deputy Associate Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Community Science and Data Center in Tucson, AZ.  Her research interests include the study of Active Galactic Nuclei and their influence on galaxy evolution. In addition, Dr. Norman is the AURA Diversity co-Advocate at NOAO.  The duties of this position include creating and advancing opportunities at NOAO/AURA to bring more under-represented minorities and women into the “astronomy enterprise”, which includes research science, engineering, data science and instrument building.   She recently served on the governing board of the American Astronomical Society (AAS, 2013-16), where she chaired a taskforce that revised the society’s Ethics Code. She has been an active member of the AAS’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (2006-12), chair of the astronomy and astrophysics section of the National Society of Black Physicists (2010-16) and in 2015, was an ADVANCE-IT Visiting Faculty Fellow at Howard University.  Dr. Norman has led efforts on astronomy community white papers entitled, “Significantly Increasing the Numbers of Minorities in Astronomy in the Next 10 Years” for the 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and “Women of Color in Astronomy and Astrophysics” for the National Research Council’s Women of Color in Academia 2012 Conference, among others.  Dr. Norman holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science from the Mass. Inst. of Technology. In 2012, she was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Timeless Award from the University of Washington.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jeff Drucker, Professor
Arizona State University

Jeff Drucker is a professor of Physics in the Department of Physics with interests in Nanoscience and Materials Physics.  His research group performs experimental and theoretical research to better understand the atomistic mechanisms of crystal growth on surfaces.  He received his BA in physics from UC Irvine in 1981 and his PhD in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986.  He spent time as a post doc and research scientist at Arizona State University from 1987-1994 and joined the physics department at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1994.  He returned to ASU in 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nadia Zatsepin, Research Professor
Arizona State University

Nadia Zatsepin is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on developing methods for using ultrafast X-ray lasers to probe atomic structures and dynamics in biology. Part of her role in the NSF BioXFEL Science and Technology Center is to lead the serial crystallography data analysis team and her lab at ASU works on algorithm development. She also initiated and runs annual international workshops on X-ray laser crystallography analysis to help spread the use of X-ray free electron lasers to the broader structural biology community. 

Prof. Zatsepin was born in Ukraine, grew up in Australia, and received her B.S. and Ph.D. in X-ray physics from Monash University. Upon moving to the beautiful Arizonan desert, she switched from working on X-ray imaging of nanoparticles in light metal alloys to a structural biology focus. This was driven by her belief that the latter will have a more direct, positive impact on society by contributing to drug design, vaccine development and understanding fundamental processes like photosynthesis. 

When Prof. Zatsepin is not doing experiments, underground, shooting proteins with extremely bright X-ray lasers, cooking up a storm with her theoretical physicist husband and cross-eyed cat, Lilu, she sings jazz and folk in a band and with friends. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Martha McCartney, Professor
Arizona State University

Martha R. McCartney received the B.S. degree from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in physics from Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, in 1989.  She is currently a Professor with the Department of Physics, ASU. She has been heavily involved in the development and applications of off-axis electron holography for the quantitative measurement of nanoscale electrostatic and magnetic fields. Off-axis electron holography is an electron-microscope-based interference technique that provides unique access to the phase of a scattered electron wave. The technique has been shown to enable visualization and quantification of electrostatic and magnetic fields with very high spatial resolution and sensitivity, enabling unique insights into nanoscale physical phenomena to be obtained.  She was the awarded the 2009 Ernst Ruska Preis by the German Microscopy Society for her work on holographic imaging of magnetic materials and was given the 2011 Arizona State University Faculty Achievement Award for excellence in Defining Edge Research in Natural Sciences.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cecilia Lunardini, Associate Professor
Arizona State University

Dr. Lunardini is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, she is a theorist working in the area of neutrino physics and astrophysics. Neutrinos are elementary particles which are insensitive to the electromagnetic force, and are produced abundantly in astrophysical processes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn Linam, CEO and Co-founder
Qualtec

Shawn Linam is the CEO and co-founder of Qwaltec, a Tempe, Arizona woman-owned small business that provides space systems operations and engineering services.  She has extensive experience in space systems operations and has designed and implemented training systems for numerous government and commercial space programs. She began her career in space operations at NASA where she worked as an astronaut and flight controller instructor for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.

Shawn is the proud mom of two teenage daughters and is currently the STEM director for the Girls Rule Foundation. She is passionate about motivating and inspiring young girls to pursue STEM careers. In her spare time she enjoys reading, theater, and Pilates. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ana Aceves, Digital Production Assistant
NOVA PBS

Ana Aceves is currently a Digital Production Assistant at NOVA PBS. There, she works on all things digital—from producing videos and curating content for NOVA’s various social media platforms to writing for its online magazine and managing its website. She enjoys telling stories at the intersection of science and everyday experiences, especially when they empower women and minorities.

Aceves earned her Bachelors’ Degree in astrophysics and media studies from UC Berkeley and then went on to pursue a Masters’ in Science Journalism from Boston University. When she’s not working, she’s either watching shows on Netflix, baking, or salsa dancing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Oliver Beckstein, Assistant Professor 
Arizona State University

Oliver Beckstein, Dipl.-Phys., DPhil, leads a computational research group in the Center for Biological Physics and in the Department of Physics at ASU.

He obtained his undergraduate degree (Diplom Physik) from the Department of Physics at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and his doctoral degree (DPhil) from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, UK. He held a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford and worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Tom Woolf at Johns Hopkins University and Mark Sansom in Oxford.

Dr. Beckstein's research group uses and develops computational methods to better understand the molecular mechanisms of biological processes. A special focus is on the quantitative prediction of the function and activity of proteins from the knowledge of their structures alone. The group has special expertise in transmembrane transport processess catalyzed by membrane proteins such as secondary active transporters and ion channels. The group contributes to the fields of structural biology, physiology, nanobiotechnology, and drug discovery. Dr Beckstein has also broad interests in computational method and software development, including the development of novel algorithms to sample and analyze molecular systems. He is a co-founder and core developer of the widely used open source MDAnalysis library for the analysis of biomolecular simulations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Karen Olsen, Post Doctoral Scholars
Arizona State University

Dr. Karen Olsen ​is from Denmark where she got ​her bachelor​s​ in physics in 2008 and ​her PhD in astronomy in 2015. In 2015 she ​was awarded the 3 yr Exploration Fellowship at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. With that she began ​her first post-doc. Dr. Olsen​ studies the evolution of galaxies and ​her daily work consists mainly in writing python code that can model the line emission from the interstellar medium of galaxies and compare it to observations. ​She work​s​ with an international team of observers as well as theoretical astronomers. ​She also has had several undergraduate students helping ​her as part of their research experience, and she lead​s​ a bi-weekly discussion group on python programming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsie Crawford, Research Aid
Arizona State University

Kelsie Crawford is an undergraduate at Arizona State University majoring in both physics and astrophysics, currently in her fourth year of studies. She is currently employed as a research aide for planetary geologist Dr. Jim Bell as the lead calibrator for Pancam on the Mars rover Opportunity. In addition to calibrating Pancam images, Kelsie is also one of the mosaickers of Pancam images as well as being responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Pancam website. Besides her Martian image work, Kelsie is currently working with existing data from the EDGES high-band low-band instruments to detect the average amplitude of radio recombination lines (RRLs) over large areas of sky observed by EDGES that will potentially yield the first wideband study of RRLs as they transition from emission to absorption at low radio frequencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessie Shipp, Sr. Principal Research Scientist & Lab Manager
Versum Materials

I am currently a Sr. Principal Research Scientist and lab manager for Versum Materials in Tempe, Arizona. I grew up in a small town in Idaho, and if you would have told me back in high school that I was going to someday get my PhD in chemistry, I probably would have laughed and called you crazy. I went off to college at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota though, where thanks to a couple of amazing chemistry professors, I discovered that I had a passion for chemistry. After a couple summers of undergraduate internships at the University of North Dakota and the Idaho National Laboratory, it was official; I wanted to be a chemist when I grew up.  I ended up graduating with a BS in Professional Chemistry and a minor in Earth Science from St. Cloud State University, and then went on to finish my PhD in Chemistry at Arizona State University with a focus in Geochemistry. Today as a Research Chemist for Versum, I play a role in developing specialty chemicals for the semi-conductor industry. I’ve been with Versum for almost five years, having started with them during my last semester of graduate school. Working in the semiconductor industry is never boring, but my favorite part of being a scientist is that moment of discovery, where I’ve been working on solving a problem and finally have that “aha” moment when I find something that works. When I’m not in the lab trying to have “aha” moments, you can find me at the barn working with my horse or in my yard trying to keep things alive through the Arizona summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representative Athena Salman
Arizona's 26th Legislative District

State Rep. Athena Salman is recognized as a progressive leader fighting for the full spectrum of human rights and a free society. A native Arizonan, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with degrees in Economics and Political Science in 2011.

 In light of severe budget cuts by the Arizona legislature in 2009, Rep. Salman organized hundreds of students to advocate for higher education for funding and legislation. Beginning in 2011, she began working on campaigns to expand Latino voter engagement, increasing Latino voter turnout one year by nearly 500%. She also fought for higher working conditions as a union shop steward, empowered women and girls through Girl Scouts, and built community support for early childhood development working for a state agency. She was proud to be recognized in 2016 as Tempe's MLK Diversity Award recipient for her work in the community.

Rep. Salman represents Arizona’s 26th legislative district, which comprises of Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucia Perez, Astrophysics PhD Student
Arizona State University

Lucia is a Venezuelan-born New Yorker who got her Bachelors in astrophysics from Wellesley College. She is currently in the second year of her PhD program in astrophysics at ASU with Drs. Sangeeta Malhotra and James Rhoads, studying the clustering of high redshift galaxies to try to understand the evolution of matter in the universe. She's done a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, works with various science outreach and education programs, and participates in student organizing efforts. In her free time, she's quite good at painting portraits and baking snickerdoodles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Petra Fromme, Regents' Professor, Paul V Galvin Professor
Arizona State University

Petra Fromme received her B.S. (Vordiplom) and M.S. (Diplom) in biochemistry from the Free University of Berlin, received her Ph.D. in chemistry and did her habilitation in physical chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin. She was an assistant and associate professor at the Max Volmer Institute before joining Arizona State University as a full professor in the School of Molecular Sciences. Professor Fromme is an affiliated member of the Department of Physics, member of the graduate faculty in the plant biology and biological design graduate program and was awarded the Paul V Galvin Professorship in 2012. She was appointed by ASU President Michael Crow as the director of the Center for Applied Structural Discovery in 2014.

Her research interests are in studying the structure-to-function relationship of membrane proteins involved in bioenergy conversion and infectious diseases. She was an integral part of a team of ASU researchers and international colleagues that developed the technique of serial femtosecond nanocrystallography for analyzing proteins using high-intensity X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFEL). Professor Fromme has vast experience unravelling the structure and function of photosystem I and II proteins and ATP synthase, which are each crucial for solar energy conversion in our biosphere. Professor Fromme has published over 200 articles and is internationally recognized as a leader in photosynthesis, protein macromolecular crystallography using synchrotrons and protein nanocrystallography using XFELs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Arlinda Hill, Lecturer
Arizona State University 

Arlinda Hill received both her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in physics from Arizona State University. Her doctorate research focused on experimental condensed matter physics, more specifically the study of structural, electrical, and thermodynamic properties of semiconductor materials and their relationship to device performance for solid state lighting applications. For her Master's degree thesis, she investigated the effectiveness of research-informed physics teaching strategies introduced in a large enrollment introductory physics class. In her current position at ASU, she shares her passion and knowledge of physics through teaching introductory physics courses. She is committed to enhancing physics education by promoting and implementing physics teaching techniques and strategies for a better student-centered learning environment. She has collaborated with CRESMET (Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology) and ACEPT (Arizona Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers), two NSF funded programs dedicated to high-quality teaching and learning of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. As a member of the Association for Women in Science, she also is a strong advocate and works toward inclusion and participation of women in STEM fields, especially those in physics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyunju Kim, Post Doctoral Researcher
Arizona State University

Hyunju Kim is a physicist interested in Complex Systems and an assistant research scientist in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and then spent 2 years as a postdoc in the Department of Physics and the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. She was a postdoc in the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona University from 2013 to 2017.

Her research interests include various problems on complex systems such as graph theory, machine learning, social networks, origin of life, controllability of complex networks, collective intelligence, multi-level evolution and regeneration. She has worked on the construction of graph ensemble with a given topological constraint, studying spontaneously emergent structure of neural networks under optimization and modeling social communication networks based on cell phone records data set. Currently, she is interested in the informational architecture of gene regulatory networks and the universal features of biochemical networks of the biosphere on Earth.