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    2017 SPIE Women in Optics Events

    SPIE Photonics West

    Unconscious Bias and STEM Diversity
    Monday 30 January 2017 | 5:00 to 6:30pm
    InterContinental Hotel, Ballroom B | San Francisco, CA

    Kuheli Dutt

    Kuheli Dutt, assistant director for Academic Affairs and Diversity at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, spoke about unconscious bias and STEM diversity to a full room of engaged listeners at the Women In Optics reception Monday evening of Photonics West.

    Presenting only a fraction of the research on gender bias in the STEM workplace, Dutt, addressed how the natural tendency to develop subconscious biases has led to vast underrepresentation of women and minorities, and created an environment that favors men.

    She outlined recommendations for organizations wanting to create a culture of inclusion: examining search committee procedures, adjusting work-life-balance and family-friendly policies, embracing institutional accountability and transparency and mentoring programs, advocating for visibility and recognition of women and minorities.

    Most importantly, she urged individuals and organizations both to acknowledge that awareness of implicit bias was key to the successful implementation of change. “One cannot address a problem if a majority of people don’t believe there is one,” she noted.

    Dutt also tasked women and minorities in STEM to find their voices to influence awareness. As scientists, she said, “go back to the data” and advocate for yourself and for women in science.

    Refreshments followed the presentation.

    Video of the presentation coming soon.

    SPIE Medical Imaging

    Women's Networking Lunch
    Tuesday 14 February 2017 | 12:10 to 1:10 PM
    Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Atlantis B | Orlando, Florida

    Women's Networking Lunch at Medical Imaging

    Kyle MyersWomen in the fields of optics and photonics gathered for informal discussions and networking during a scheduled lunch on Tuesday of SPIE Medical Imaging. Welcome and opening remarks were provided by Kyle Myers, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Myers, has worked for the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health since 1987, where she is currently the Acting Director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL). She was previously the head of OSEL’s Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability, where she led research programs in medical imaging systems, computer-aided diagnostics, and statistical methods for imaging clinical trials. Dr. Myers is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, AIMBE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

    SPIE Optics + Photonics

    Women in Optics Presentation and Reception
    Monday 7 August 2017 | 5:00 to 6:30 PM
    San Diego Convention Center | San Diego, California

    Women in Optics Presentation at Optics + Photonics

    A presentation made by our SPIE Gender Equity Task Force, highlighted ways in which we can improve gender equity and help keep women in the optics and photonics workplace.

    The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on overcoming mid-career obstacles moderated by Ms. Katie Schwertz, Optical Research Engineer at Edmund Optics Inc.
    Panelists included:

    • Dr. Julia Craven, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Labs
    • Dr. Eva Campo, Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Dr. Pernille Pedersen, Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown Univ.
    • and Prof. Julie Bentley, Associate Professor at the Univ. of Rochester.

    A networking reception followed the panel discussion.