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UCL Women speed dating event!

Ever wish you could increase your network at UCL, but you just don’t have the time? Then this event is for you.

On Thursday June 25th from 5:30pm in the Haldane Room, we’ll be hosting a fun speed dating event, where you can make useful connections and friends. It promises to be a hectic whirlwind as you meet lots of other UCL Women – but don’t worry, you’ll have a glass of wine in your hand to make it easier!

Tickets are £5 – see you there!

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The UCL Women Walk returns!

Walk

Spring is finally here, and it’s time to get some fresh air – while networking at the same time! Please join us on Saturday June 6th for a 6.2 mile walk with fabulous views along The Ridgeway National Trail in Buckinghamshire. Following a route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers, the 87-mile-long Ridgeway passes through ancient landscapes, downland, secluded valleys and woodland.

We will meet at 10am at Wendover Station.

Bring a picnic! The pub is at the end!

Please RSVP to info[at]uclwomen.org so that we know who to expect and can exchange mobile numbers.

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Drop-in lunch in the Housman Room, 23 April

Please join us for an informal lunch at the UCL Housman Room on Thursday 23 April. We will be congregating between 12.00 and 1.30 – if you aren’t sure where we we are on the day, look for Sally Day and Helen Wilson, whose photos are on IRIS. Please remember that access to the staff room is for members only, but membership is cheap and easy to acquire – and very useful in general. See here for more information.

We look forward to catching up!

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CANCELLED: April BYO lunch meeting – featuring Hannah Fry

Our next bring-your-own lunch meeting, on 23 April, will feature a talk by Dr Hannah Fry from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM.

How to get there

Please come to the coffee room on the 5rd floor of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP (the same building as usual). You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room on the 3rd floor, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

Speaker

To carry on in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, our inspiring speaker is Hannah Fry. She’ll be telling us about herself, her career, and her interdisciplinary work at the boundaries of maths and human behaviour.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hannah’s biography

Hannah Fry

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists & geographers to study the pattens in human behaviour – particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

Alongside her academic position, Hannah is currently an EPSRC public engagement fellow, taking the joy of maths into theatres, pubs and schools. Her first book “The Mathematics of Love” will be published by TED in February 2015. She also co-presents the BBC worldwide YouTube channel BritLabs (formerly Headsqueeze) and regularly appears on TV and radio in the UK.

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Drop-in lunch in the Housman Room, 13 February

Please join us for an informal lunch at the UCL Housman Room on Friday 13 February. We will be congregating between 12.00 and 1.30 – if you aren’t sure where we we are on the day, look for Uta Frith, Kate Jeffery and Jenny Rohn, whose photos are on IRIS. Please remember that access to the staff room is for members only, but membership is cheap and easy to acquire – and very useful in general. See here for more information.

We look forward to catching up!

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International Women’s Day with Elizabeth Blackburn

UCL Women are delighted to invite you to a lecture by

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn

University of California, San Francisco
Nobel Prize 2009 in Physiology or Medicine

Telomeres – Telling Tails

followed by a discussion about a Life in Science with

Vivienne Parry OBE

on 10 March 2015 from 5.30 to 7.00 PM in Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1.

Please join us after at the reception in the North Cloisters 7.00-8.00pm
All welcome, but please secure your place via Eventbrite.

Poster advertising ElizabethBlackburn

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7 November BYO lunch meeting – featuring Helen Wilson

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Or at least 2 days later. Our next bring-your-own lunch meeting, on Friday 7th November, will feature a talk by Dr Helen Wilson from the Department of Mathematics

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM. Please come to room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP (the same place as usual).

How to get there

Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room , or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

Speaker

To carry on in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, our inspiring speaker is Helen Wilson. She’ll be telling us about herself, her career, her work on applied mathematics, as well as some interesting activities outside of UCL.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Helen’s biography

Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson is a mathematician on the very applied end of the discipline. She did her PhD in Applied Mathematics at Cambridge, and after one 2-year postdoc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado, took her first lectureship. She taught at the University of Leeds for four years before moving to UCL in 2004. Since then she has been promoted to Reader and is currently the deputy head of the Mathematics department. She also serves on the A-Level Content Advisory Board for Mathematics, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and the Council of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Her research focuses on complex fluids: those whose flow laws are not the usual Newtonian model satisfied by air, water and syrup. In particular, she has extensive experience of instability phenomena in elastic liquids (liquids which have some solid-like memory of their previous state, often due to dissolved macromolecules) and of the dynamics of viscous suspensions of solid particles.

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Drop-in lunch at Housman Room, 1st August

Please join us for an informal lunch at the Housman Room on Friday 1 August. We will be congregating between 12.30 and 2 – if you aren’t sure where we we are on the day, look for Uta Frith, whose photo can be found here. Please remember that access to the staff room is for members only, but membership is cheap and easy to acquire – and very useful in general. See here for more information.

We look forward to catching up and finding out how people’s summers have been going. Our regular events will resume at term time! We are always happy for event and speaker suggestions, so do get in touch if you have ideas.

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Join us for a walk!

On Saturday June 21st at 10 AM, some of us will be getting together to enjoy the springtime, get some fresh air and take a chance to chat. This lovely ~8mile circular walk takes us from Harlington train station to Sharpenhoe and Pulloxhill. We will be lunching at the Cross Keys in Pulloxhill.

Harlington Church

For those travelling by train we will be getting the 09.04 from St Pancras International (NOT Kings Cross). The train will be going towards Bedford and we will leave from Platform B, which is below street level at the north end of the station, getting off at Harlington at 09.49. This is the First Capital Connect Thameslink service (the train we will be getting also stops at West Hampstead Thameslink at 09.11, for anyone living in northwest London).

Please let Lidunka know (l.vocadlo@ucl.ac.uk) if you want to come so that she can book a table in the pub.

The walk is mostly flat with one or two gentle uphills, but it might be a bit muddy in places, so walking boots or similar sturdy footwear necessary. This walk is also an occasion to bring the family – keeping in mind that it is an 8 mile walk.

Lidunka’s phone number should you need it on the day is: 07957 611563.

We hope to see some of you there!

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30 April BYO lunch meeting – featuring Sally Day

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to get networking. Our next bring-your-own lunch meeting, on Wednesday 30th April, will feature a talk by Dr Sally Day from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.

We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM. Please come to room 305 of the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP (the same place as usual).

How to get there

Go to the seminar room on the 3rd floor. You can buy drinks and sandwiches at the Café next door to the seminar room to supplement the festive treats, or bring your own! Step-free access is available immediately to the right of the main entrance.

Speaker

To carry on in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, our inspiring speaker is Sally Day. She’ll be telling us about herself, her career, her life in liquid crystals – and a little bit about Athena Swan as well as the 50/50 programme at UCL.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sally’s biography

Sally Day

After studying for DPhil at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University Sally Day started working in the field of liquid crystal devices and applications, initially at Thorn EMI then at the then RSRE, Malvern (now Qinetiq). In 1992 she was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to work at UCL, where she is now Senior Lecturer. She has around 80 refereed journal and conference publications. Her work at RSRE covered improvements in liquid crystal display devices as well as non-linear optical applications of liquid crystal materials.

At UCL, in the Optical Devices and Systems laboratory in the Photonics group she has been concerned with the use of liquid crystals in tunable microlenses and wavelength-selective Fabry Perot filters. More recently she has been concerned with the application of modelling software developed by the Computer Modelling Research Team of Dr Anibal Fernadez, which can simulate the performance of liquid crystal devices in 3D. Her work on liquid crystal displays has covered design of Liquid Crystal on Silicon devices, cholesteric polarisers, large area displays for architectural applications and more recently the use of liquid crystals in microwave devices and the optical design of an auto-stereoscopic display. In 2008 she was awarded the Cyril Hilsum Medal by the British Liquid Crystal Society and she is currently the UK Director for the Society for Information Display.

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