Women in Physics at the University of Maryland
Photo Credit: Deborah HemingwayI was the webmaster for the University of Maryland's Women in Physics group from 2013 to 2016. My responsibilities included managing the groups's website, Facebook page, and LinkedIn Group. In addition to organizing regular lunch seminars and social events during my time as a WiP officer, we organized a widely-attended career panel, Beyond Academia: Career Pathways in Physics.
Our members were involved in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, which was hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in partnership with NIST. I participated in the conference organization and in particular maintained the conference website and social media. The conference website contains additional details about the conference and photos of the successful event.
Maryland Day 2013I also enjoy participating in the University of Maryland's annual open house, Maryland Day. The open house allows departments and labs across the campus to demonstrate their research to thousands of visitors. The Losert Lab for many years demonstrated granular physics at an event titled, "What Grown-ups Learn from Playing with Sandpiles." In 2013, the biophysics program began offering demonstrations of its own. The Losert Lab developed an interactive demonstration where visitors could watch their motion tracked on a television screen as they attempted to "move like a cell." The biophysics program also hosted the Biomolecular Discovery Dome, where videos about biophysics research were projected onto the inside of an inflatable dome. One of these videos was Cells in Motion, which included cell migration research from all across the UMD campus, including some of my own research.
Science: It's Our Thing!
During July 2012, I attended the Soft Interfaces Summer School at L'École de Physique des Houches as a student participant. In addition to greatly enjoying the many wonderful lectures and the mountain view, our class created a video as part of a contest to improve on the European Commission's "Science: It's a Girl Thing!" campaign video. The result, "Science: It's Our Thing!," is our attempt to convey how cool science can be—for everyone!