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    Women in Optics Events - 2009

    Optics+PhotonicsWomen and Optics Presentation and Reception
    Monday 3 August 2009, 5:00 to 6:30
    Convention Center - Room 11B

    Empowering Refugee Women Through Solar Cooking
    Speaker: Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug
    Executive Director, Jewish World Watch

    Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug recently went to Chad to bear witness to the genocide in Darfur and the atrocities committed against women as they left relative safety of the refugee camps to collect firewood. Through the introduction of solar cooking, not only have the women been able to stay protected in the refugee camps, but the environment and the local economy are being saved as well.

    For more information visit the Solar Cooker Project


    SPIE Defense, Security & SensingSPIE Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    SPIE Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Tuesday 14 April 2009, 4:30 to 6:00
    Orlando, Florida USA

    Frances Ligler Frances Ligler
    US Navy Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials, Naval Research Laboratory

    How to explore the cracks between the disciplines without falling through them.
    Frances Ligler, U.S. Navy Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials, Naval Research Lab, talked about leadership, balance, and the value of an active curiosity, at a Women in Optics-sponsored reception and presentation.

    Biography: Frances S. Ligler, D.Phil., D.Sc. (Oxford University), is currently the Navy's Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials and vice chair of the Bioengineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering. She has published over 300 full-length articles in scientific journals and has 24 issued patents; together they have been cited over 5300 times. She performs research in optical biosensors, microfluidics, and nanotechnology. In 2003, she was awarded the Homeland Security Award by the Christopher Columbus Foundation and the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Senior Professional by President Bush.

    Advanced LithographySPIE Women in Optics Lunch
    Tuesday 24 February 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    San Jose, California, USA

    The themes of the importance of mentoring, recognizing high-caliber work, and encouraging young teenagers in particular to explore science were repeated in stories related by engineers, researchers, students, and executives at a Women in Optics luncheon Tuesday afternoon.

    Work experiences among the group have varied widely, from a workgroup in which 50% of the engineers and scientists are women, to a company which has a disproportionately low number of women as fellows because, as one scientist was told, "women aren't aggressive enough

    Pictured:  Roya Mojtahedi, JSR Micro, shares her experiences in the industry with her colleagues.

     SPIE Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Tuesday 27 January 2009, 4:30 to 6:00
    San Jose, California USA
    Room location to be announced.

    Persis Drell, Dir. SLACPersis S. Drell
    Director, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
    Stanford University

    Free Electron Lasers at an Angstrom: A Revolution in Hard X-ray Sources
    After reviewing the basics of Free Electron Lasers, I will describe the Linac Coherent Light Source: The world's first hard X-ray FEL that will turn on this year at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. I will discuss the science motivation, recent experimental results, and prospects for the future.

    Open to all conference attendees.

    Join us for an evening of networking and inspiration. Connect with others in our industry while enjoying wine and cheese refreshments.

    Biography: Stanford University (2002-Present): Director, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (2007-Present); Deputy Director of SLAC and Director of Particle and Particle Astrophysics (2005-2007); Deputy Project Manager, Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope (2004-2005); Director of Research (2002-2005); Deputy Director, Cornell Laboratory of Nuclear Studies (2001-2002); Director, Cornell High Energy Group (2000-2001); Professor of Physics, Cornell University (1998-2002); Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University (1993-1997).

    Morris Loeb Lecturer in Physics, Harvard University (2006); Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award (2006); American Academy of Arts and Sciences Member since 2007; Stanford University Fellow (2006-2008); Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (1998); American Physical Society (1997); NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988-1993).

    Wellesley College - B.A., 1977, Mathematics and Physics University of California, Berkeley - Ph.D. 1983