Women in Science and Engineering Fall 2001 DeCal
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MCB 98/198 Section 007
Monday 6:00 - 7:30 in 2038 VLSB
Coordinator Lauren Tompkins
Faculty Sponsor Caroline Kane
Explore current issues involving women in science and engineering. Listen to guest faculty members and speakers from industry as they discuss the problems facing women in science and engineering and the support available to women in these fields. The seminar is intended to be an informal discussion which will cover topics such as speakers' personal experiences, research, career options, and issues that women face in thechnical careers. Additionally, speakers may discuss current topics in their fields. Attendance and participation is mandatory, and a short paper will be required for the final. The class is open to all UCB students; men and nontechnical majors are encouraged to attend.

Each week a different guest speaker will present. Speakers may be faculty members, researchers or other contributors in a field, or industry professionals. Speakers may be male or female; however, content should emphasize (though not be limited to) issues related to women in science and engineering.

Students must attend all but two lectures to get a passing grade. Students can arrange to make up a third absence.

A student's grade is based on attendance, class participation (asking questions and listening attentively), one short midterm, and a final paper.

The midterm paper is due Oct. 22.
Prof. Mankoff, Christine Micheel and Prof. Marcy work at the forefront of new technologies and new science. Write a 1 to 2 page paper following a woman leading the way of a new technology or field of research.

Projected final: a paper (1-2 pages) about one of the visiting speakers, about another influential person in science or engineering, or on a related issue not addressed in the class (e-mail Lauren with topics).
9/17 Introduction and Course Description

9/24 Jennifer Mankoff, EECS professor
Professor Mankoff got her B.S. from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. from Georgia Technical University. She joined the UCB EECS faculty in the summer of 2001. Her current research projects include AwareNut, Ambient Displays, and Input Retargeting, and she is designing a graduate course about assisted technology for people with disabilities.
Professor Mankoff will give a talk on Wednesday, October 3 about assisted technology.
10/1 Christine Micheel, Chemistry graduate student
Christine got her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Washington University. She is a third year graduate student at UCB, and works in Alivisatos' nanocrystals group on a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship. (For more information on her group's research, click here one of their papers: "Electrophoretic Isolation of Au Nanocrystal/DNA Conjugates") Christine is also the president of Iota Sigma Pi, the women's chemistry honorary society.
10/8 Jeff Marcy, Astrophysics professor
B. A. Double Major: (Physics and Astronomy), UCLA, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976
Ph. D. (Astronomy and Astrophysics), University of California Santa Cruz, 1982
Dr. Marcy's research has focused on the detection of extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs. His team has discovered several dozen extrasolar planets, allowing study of their masses, radii, and orbits. Among the planets is the first multiple-planet system, the first Saturn candidates, and the first transiting planet. Ongoing work is designed to study the mass distribution of planets and the eccentrcity of their orbits. The 5-year goal is to find Jupiter analogs at 5 AU. Dr. Marcy is participating in the Berkeley's new ``Center for Integrative Planetary Science'', designed to study the formation, geophysics, chemistry and evolution of planets.
10/15 Young Kee Kim, Physics professor
Young-Kee Kim obtained her B.S. in 1984, M.S. in 1986 from Korea University. She left Korea in 1986 and received her Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics (the AMY Collaboration at KEK, Japan) from University of Rochester. She was a postdoctoral fellow from 1990 to 1994, and a staff scientist from 1994 to 1996 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1996, and now splits her time between Berkeley and Fermilab. She has been a Sloan Foundation Fellow between 1996 and 1998.
10/22 Alison Bolton, computer consultant
BA Geology California State University Hayward, 1994
AA GeoSciences/Computers/Engineering Diablo Valley College, 1989
Armstrong Business College
10/29 Mina Bissell, Lawrence Berkeley Lab Life Science Director
Mina Bissell is a native of Iran, where she graduated as that nation's top high school student and won a scholarship to study abroad. She chose to attend Bryn Mawr, where she studied chemistry before transferring to Radcliffe. While a senior at Radcliffe she won the medal of the American Institute of Chemists. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from Harvard University, and came to the University of California's Berkeley campus to do post-doctoral research in cell biology and virology. She joined the Berkeley Lab staff in 1972 and was named director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Division in 1988. She became director of the newly formed Life Sciences Division in 1992.
Bissell has been named one of seven winners of the 1996 E.O. Lawrence Award by the Department of Energy. Bissell was honored in the Life Sciences category for identifying the extracellular matrix (ECM), a network of fibrous and globular proteins that surround and support breast cells as a crucial regulator of normal and malignant breast cell functions.
11/5 [class cancelled - Caroline Bertozzi was ill]
A.B. Harvard University (1988); Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (1993); Office of Naval Research Predoctoral Fellow (1988-1991); American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco (1993-1996), Associate Professor, UC Berkeley.
Professor Bertozzi has won the Distinguished Teaching Award, the coveted UC Berkeley honor. Her research group studies cell surface interactions that contribute to human health and disease with specific projects in the areas of cancer, inflammation and bacterial infection.
11/12 No class: Veteran's Day
11/19 Pat Falcone, Sandia National Laboratories
Pat Falcone was the first woman to get a degree in engineering at Princeton and also the third to get a Ph.D. at Stanford, writing her dissertation on the evolution of pollutants in flames. She was attracted to the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia Labs and has since been involved in a number of other groups, including, more recently, the Solar Central Receiver power plants.
11/26 Kitty DeJong, Assistant Research Biochemist, Oakland Children's Hospital; AWIS President
Kitty was born and raised in the Netherlands, and did her undergraduate studies in chemistry there. She received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Bern in Switzerland. In 1995 she joined Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute where she still works as an Assistant Research Biochemist. She has been working on red cell membrane biochemistry for about 10 years, and her current work focuses on hematological disorders such as sickle cell anemia. She was involved in community outreach activities as an undergraduate, and became involved with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) in 1997. She is currently serving as the President of the East Bay AWIS Chapter. Her other big interest in life is singing in the Oakland Symphony Chorus and other local choirs.
Class Handouts


Science in the News: Energy from Nuclear Fusion

The Julia Morgan Engineering Program (JMEP) Annual Fall Reception for all women in engineering (no RSVP)
Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 5:00 - 6:30p.m., 120AB Bechtel Engineering Center

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