Join us for our Lent term formal with Dr. Helen Mason, OBE.
Helen is a solar physicist with particular expertise in the analysis of the ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray spectrum from the solar atmosphere. She is also involved in many outreach projects, inspiring school children about science.
The evening will start with a drinks reception, followed by a three course meal. After the dinner, we will have a talk by Helen with time for discussion.
Get tickets here by 23rd Feb as places are limited!
Open to women and non-binary members of the Physics department.
In the next session of our reading group, we will be discussing the article: Making meaning of decolonising by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. Available at: https://medium.com/@chanda/making-meaning-of-decolonising-35f1b5162509
We will be meeting in the White Meeting Room at Maxwell Centre. Some of you may remember Chanda's incredible talk last year on cosmology and her experiences as a Black, Jewish, queer and femme physicist. This will be a chance to discuss her work in more depth and will also be a good introduction into the project of decolonisation.
Hope to see you there!
We are kicking off with the first event of our term through the Decolonising Science Reading Group.
We aim to analyse the narratives we tell about science - how it is often presented as a Western/Eurocentric project recently brought to non-Western communities (and often used as a tool in colonialist projects). We aim to deconstruct these narratives and focus on ways that other communities in the globe have been instrumental in creating science, so we can extract science from the colonialist project and create a more mindful and critical picture.
The readings will include feminist and intersectional critiques/analyses of science and of its structure and aims. We plan to hold these sessions every fortnight.
The first session will be on the following article:
Has Feminism Changed Physics? by Amy Bug. Available at: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/345323
Location: Orange boardroom, Maxwell Centre (directions below)
This group is open to everyone interested in discussing and learning about these issues. You don’t need to know anything about any of these things beforehand, we will all learn together! During the year we will also try and invite speakers on the subject the readings will include feminist and intersectional critiques/analyses of science and of its structure and aims. If you want to find out more, check out more info on decolonising science here.
Hope to see you there!
(Directions to the Orange Boardroom:
If you enter the Maxwell Centre from JJ Thompson Ave- and are standing in the lobby on the same level as the reception desk--head up the stairs and straight to the back of the building (the east side), and you'll run into a room with all orange walls!)
Angela Saini, science journalist, in conversation with Dr. Kirstie Whitaker
Angela Saini is taking her new book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, on a tour of UK universities to talk about the women in science. We will host Angela in Cambridge, where she will present her new book in a conversation with Dr Kirstie Whitaker, Dept of Psychiatry.
Inferior is about the mistakes and bias that have plagued scientific research on women for more than a century, and the empowering new work that promises to transform the way we think about women’s minds, bodies and place in the human evolutionary story.
Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and her writing has appeared all over the world, including in New Scientist, the Guardian, and Science.
Book your free ticket here:
Dr. Meredith Nash
University of Tasmania
Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) fields worldwide, particularly in leadership positions. In this presentation, Dr Nash will discuss her findings from an ongoing mixed-methods sociological study drawing on the experiences of 25 women in STEMM fields who were all participants in a three-week transformational leadership program in Antarctica in 2016. She will use a feminist intersectional analysis to examine the women’s experiences of science leadership, including challenges they face as women in male-dominated fields.
Strength of a Woman: Academic, wife and mother in Kenya
Dr. Rebecca Karanja
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi
Dr. Rebecca Karanja is a plant ecologist and university lecturer who will be discussing her career and reflecting on the challenges she has overcome as a woman working in science, personally and professionally, and especially on the particular challenges of being a researcher in Kenya.
Please join us and the NanoDTC in welcoming Rebecca to Cambridge, and for an interesting and frank discussion comparing and contrasting the challenges of working in Nairobi and Cambridge.
12:30 - 13:30: Launch over Lunch
Andy Parker and Rachael Padman will talk shortly about their new vision for the shared ‘Team Cavendish’ values
...followed by NANNA MEXICO lunch served in the Foyer
17:00 - 18:30: Evening Talks
Prof Meena Upadhyaya (Cancer and Genetics, Cardiff University)
Will speak about her career and her experience as a champion of women in science.
Dr Thekla Morgenroth (Psychology, University of Exeter)
What is affirmative action?
What are it’s positive and negative effects?
How to frame AA policies?
Followed by nibbles and drinks in the foyer
**Free Cavendish tote bags and lanyards commemorating diversity in science**
Register your interest: https://www.facebook.com/events/606667559526453/
Join us for a formal dinner at Darwin College, hosted by Prof. Mary Fowler. Prof. Fowler is a geologist and the Master of Darwin College.
We will have a four-course dinner, followed by an informal talk by Prof. Fowler.
A great way to meet fellow physics students and socialise across research groups!
Open to all women and non-binary physicists across all post-graduate academics levels (PhD students, post-docs, JRFs and academics)
Prof. Fay Dowker - Imperial College London
Inner Space, Outer Space: General Relativity and Human Experience
Our best theory of gravity, General Relativity (GR) is over 100 years old. In the years since its creation, GR has been very successful in explaining the physics of Outer Space: of the solar system, of galaxies,of gravitational waves and of the whole universe on the largest scales that we can observe.
I will give an account of some of the underlying concepts of General Relativity that emphasises something rather different namely their more intuitive aspects. I will appeal to the Inner Space of our conscious perceptions to argue that GR is not just more scientifically accurate but more in tune with our intimate experience than its predecessor theory, Newtonian Gravity. It also has something to say, I believe, about the way we understand the physical world that can have an impact on our views on all aspects of our lives. General Relativity leaves one puzzle unsolved however: how to explain our experience of the passage of time.
A chance for all women and non-binary folk in the department to meet each other and to welcome the new students! Female academics in the department and in other departments are showing their support by attending this party, so you will be able to meet them too!
We will introduce CiW's aims and activities for the year, and there will be laptops out for you to sign up to our mentoring scheme if you wish!
Prof. Val Gibson will be talking to us briefly about the importance of support networks for Women in science, and about schemes such as Athena Swan and Juno project, in which she is heavily involved.
Drinks and nibbles provided!