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    Women in Optics - 2011

    Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Date: Monday 22 August

    Women in Science, Engineering and Technology(SET) Shape the Future: Nurturing Female Scientists Through Research

    Kashiko Kodate
    Kashiko Kodate, Professor Emeritus of Japan Women's University, has spent over 40 years in optical research, ranging from micro-optics to information photonics. Her work includes a VPH grism (a thick VPH grating sandwiched between two prisms constructed for the Subaru telescope in Hawaii) and a powerful online video matching application using optical correlation technology. She has also contributed greatly to nurturing many female students in Japan, where only 13.8% of researchers are women. She was elected as the first female vice-president of the Japan Society of Applied Physics in 2006. She became a SPIE fellow in 2010. Prof Kodate will speak about her career as a researcher and an educator.

    2011 Events




    Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Date: Tuesday 26 April

     The Hand in the Snow

    Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD
    Colleen Fitzpatrick is a Forensic Genealogist who has been recognized for her work with the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on identifying the remains found in the Alaskan crash of Northwest Flight 4422. Retired from the optical industry in 2005, she now assists nonprofits, military organizations, and the FBI with forensic identification, and has been instrumental at exposing two high profile Holocaust literary frauds. As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases. She has written three books and numerous articles on forensic genealogy. Her article on Flight 4422 will be published in Scientific American early in 2011.

    Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Date: Monday 24 January

    Dr. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen
    Vanderbilt University

    Excellence in Research, Teaching & Family: The Juggling Act

    The common perception amongst women interested in an academic career is that one has to wait with the family in order to "establish" one's research and get tenure. Dr Mahadevan-Jansen will present her perspective on achieving success in career and family. She will interweave her presentation with her teaching and research interests in using light and photonics for cancer diagnosis.

    Dr. Mahadevan-Jansen joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department in the fall of 1998 after completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her expertise is in the area of optical detection of clinical physiology and pathology with particular interest in applying optical techniques for cancer detection. She along with her husband, Dr. Duco Jansen (also a Professor in BME) together lead the Biomedical Photonics initiative at Vanderbilt University.