Women in Physics and Related Fields
WiP+ is an informal group of women (primarily) supporting other women in the fields of Physics, Astronomy, Applied and Engineering Physics, Biophysics, and other related fields. Everyone, ranging from prospective majors through faculty and staff, is invited to participate. This is the current incarnation of the first women in physics group that was started here at Cornell in the fall of 1976.
October 16th: Dinner with Bethe Lecturer Margaret Murnane. (Baker Portico, 6:15pm) Space is limited. RSVP required.
November 6th: Breakfast with colloquium speaker Nadya Mason. (PSB 401, 8:00am)
November 20th: Post colloquium reception with colloquium speaker Julia Thom-Levy hosted by WiP+ (PSB 403 following colloquium)
WiP+ Coffee Hour
Every other Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 in PSB 403. Day/time may change at the start of the spring semester.
10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13
Fall 2017 Women Speakers
- October 2: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Alyssa Goodman, Harvard
Title: The Dark Web of Star Formation
- October 16: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado (Bethe Lecture)
Title: Science at the Timescale of the Electron: Coherent X-ray Beams from Tabletop Femtosecond Lasers
- October 17: LASSP and A&EP Seminar (Clark 700, 12:20-1:45pm) Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado
Titile: Capturing the Fastest Charge and Spin Dynamics in Nanosystems using Tabletop High Harmonic Beams
- October 18: Public Bethe Lecture (Rockefeller 201, 7:30-8:30pm) Margaret Murnane, JILA, University of Colorado (Bethe Lecture)
Title: Harnessing Quantum Light Science for Tabletop X-Ray Lasers with Applications in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
- October 18: Biophysics Colloquium (PSB 120 4-5pm) Sabrina Leslie, McGill University
Title: How Biomolecules Behave in Squeeze
- November 6: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Nadya Mason, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- October 24: LASSP and A&EP Seminar (Clark 700, 12:20-1:45pm) Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania
- November 20: Physics colloquium (Rockefeller 201, 4-5pm) Julia Thom-Levy, Cornell University
- November 7: LASSP and A&EP Seminar (Clark 700, 12:20-1:45pm) Nandini Trivedi, The Ohio State University
- November 15: Biophysics Colloquium (Clark 700, 4-5pm) Lauren Jackson, Vanderbilt University
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Did You Know?
- In 1895, Carolyn Baldwin Morrison, was awarded the first Doctor of Science degree in the United States by Cornell University for her work in Physics.
- The first woman faculty member to be hired in College of Arts and Sciences was Martha Stahr Carpenter in 1947 as a radio astronomer in the Astronomy department.
- Lois Pollack became first woman director of Applied and Engineering Physics in 2014.
Find out more.
What do Scientists Look Like?
Founding and early members of the first Women in Physics group at Cornell at the 40th Anniversary All Class Reunion: Anne Young, Kathy Krafft, Ursula Gibson, Patti Sparks, Laura Greene, Edith Cassel, Lydia Young, Marilyn Schneider. Hear more about their story from Kathy Krafft.
Browse through our gallery to see more Cornell Women of Physics and Related Fields.
Katherine Quinn, physics graduate student gives at talk at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (June 2016)
Some of fabulous women of physics and related fields at a WiP+ lunch.
Assistant professor Natasha Holmes with physics graduate student Katherine Quinn.
Lena Kourkoutis, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics (AEP), works in the lab with graduate student Katie Spoth.
Robin Bjorquist, phyiscs graduate student at the SLAC national accelerator laboratory
Eun-Ah Kim, assistant professor of physics, with her graduate students.
Assistant professor of physics, Natasha Holmes, studies teaching and learning in physics and other fields.
Physics professor Michelle Wang.
Julia Thom-Levy and students
Senior Lecturer Kathy Selby teaching Physics of Musical Sound.
Physics graduate student Kathryn McGill in the lab.
Assistant professor Katja Nowack with members of her group.
Ritchie Patterson director of Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences and Education (CLASSE) and the Center for Bright Beams, and professor Sol Gruner lead U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on a tour of the CHESS facility, along with members of the media.
Naomi Gendler, a visiting continuing education student in physics and participant in the CLASSE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, works at her station in the Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory.
Rachel Bean, professor of Astronomy, looking across campus from the top of the Space Sciences building.
Professor Jane Wang looks at the physics of insect flight.
Professor and Director of Applied and Engineering Physics, Lois Pollack, with some students.
Physics professor Michelle Wang in her lab.
Physics graduate student Kathryn McGill has developed her interest in scientific outreach into her YouTube channel: The Physics Factor.
Natasha Holmes busy at her desk.
Professor and Director of Applied and Engineering Physics, Lois Pollack, in the lab.
Lauren Aycock (PhD, Physics 2017) with labmates Hsin-I Lu and Dina Genkina in the Laser Cooling Group lab of Ian Spielman at NIST Gaithersburg, part of the JQI. Lauren has been awarded a Congressional Science Fellowship from the American Physical Society. Read more here.
Yi-Ting Hsu (PhD, Physics 2017) was a member in Kim's research group working on topological phases and superconductivity.
Susan Dittmer (PhD, Physics 2017) standing in front of the CMS detector at the CERN LHC.
"I hadn't actually seen the detector before this photo was taken -- my research involves more data analysis / control room operations than hands-on work -- so it was exciting to see the full apparatus for the first time."
Lecture Demostration manager Jenny Wurster and AEP graduate student Alice Huang entertain children at IC3 summer camp during "Mad Scientist" Week 2016.
Martha Haynes, professor of astronomy, speaks on "Our Cosmic History and a New View of Our Origins" at Reunion 2013.
WiP+ in the NewsView News
Education researcher Natasha Holmes transforms physics lab courses
Center for Materials Research's NSF funding extended, increased
New unit merges teaching excellence center with academic technology
The social life of electrons
Multidisciplinary team wins $1M grant from Keck Foundation
AS student combines tour guide job, internship for summer in Ithaca
New Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education named
Critical thinking – attained through physics
Meet our Students
AEP student Megan Holtz says "I liked physics – understanding the fundamentals behind how the universe works – and I also wanted to do something applicable that would make a difference in the world. I was concerned about global warming and so I became interested in renewable energy, which is in part an engineering problem."
Read more about Megan here.
“I've enjoyed the chance to meet people with different perspectives and beliefs”
Katherine Spoth says "I participated in the CHESS REU at Cornell during one summer of my undergrad - both my first experience with experimental research and my first visit to Cornell! I came to AEP for my PhD because I wanted to come back to Cornell after my REU experience, and the research in the department really appealed to me." Read more about Katherine here.
Sarah Marie Bruno '16 says research in the labs of Professors Carl Franck and Michael Niemack was the "highlight of my experience as a physics major at Cornell. For the first time, you are trying to answer a question to which no one yet knows the answer! This is exciting!"
Click here to read more about Sarah's experiences.
Former AEP student Pinshane Huang began her Cornell journey as an REU student working with the Buhrman group. Read more about her story here. She is now Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.