Seeing Myself In Science -a lecture series

Established in Fall 2016 the lecture series  ‘Seeing Myself in Science (SMISe)’ features scientists from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds with various perspectives, who are the 'New Scientists' of today. 


Schedule of Events

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 2017, 5PM, 85 Waterman Rm. 130
Dr. James West, Johns Hopkins University
Engineer, Member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
Title: "Electret and Piezoelectric Polymer Transducers"
Introduction by Dr. Barrett Hazeltine

Dr. West is known worldwide as the co-inventor of the foil electret microphone. Come to hear him share his journey of becoming one of the world's most influential inventors of the 20th century.

The Science Center, 3rd Floor Sciences Library, RM 315
A Seeing Myself in Science (SMISe) Panel Discussion:
"How to grow a scientist?"

A panel of research scientists from some of our country's top institutions will discuss and address issues around mentorship, sponsorship, and inclusion in STEM. How do these influence training young scientists and building successful careers in STEM.

Dr. James West, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Benjamin Askew, SciFluor Life Sciences LLC
Dr. Kaye Husbands Fealing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. William A. Massey, Princeton University
Dr. William L. Wilson, Harvard University

Past Events: Speaker Schedule Fall 2016 

Tuesday, November 15, 4-5 pm: Jacqueline Faherty, PhD Senior Scientist at American Museum of Natural History.  "Exploring a Frozen Extrasolar World" 

Jackie FahertyJackie Faherty

For the past two decades, Astronomers have amassed a collection of several thousand exoplanets orbiting nearby stars.  Consequently we are left with numerous open questions about what these planets might look like.  A second class of objects called brown dwarfs is critical to providing insights into giant planet atmospheres and interior composition.  Brown dwarfs form like stars but they do not have enough mass to ignite stable hydrogen burning so they cool throughout their lives.  They form in isolation therefore they are far easier to study then planets which require overcoming the glare of the host star in order to directly study them.  Recent work has uncovered a subpopulation of brown dwarfs with exceedingly small masses (3 - 10 x MJupiter).  One object in particular dubbed W0855 will be the subject of this talk where I will present direct evidence for features in its atmosphere including water ice clouds.  

 Monday, November  21, 4-5 pm:  Jelani Nelson, PhD Assistant Professor of ComputerScience at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. "Sketching and Streaming Algorithms"

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 In recent years, empirically the amount of new data creation in theworld has grown exponentially faster than both network bandwidth and available storage. To prevent being limited by the widening gap between these quantities, it is important to develop methods for producing short “sketches” of data whose size is substantially compressed. Access to the sketch alone should enable meaningful queries about the data, and sketches across data should be composable to compute aggregate statistics and distance and similarity measures. Furthermore, many applications require that these sketches be created by “streaming algorithms”, i.e. algorithms given only one (or few) passes over the data. 

Thursday, December 1, 4-5pm: Juanita Chinn '99, PhD, Senior Service Fellow at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “From STEM to Social Science: A trajectory from undeclared freshman to demographer studying racial disparities in health.”

Juanita ChinnJuanita ChinnDr. Juanita J. Chinn is a sociologist and demographer studying the complex relationship between race and health in the United States.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in demography from the University of Texas at Austin and trained for two years as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University.  Dr. Chinn is currently a Health Disparities Fellow at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Office of the Director, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH).  She holds an Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics: Psychology from Brown University.