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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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11 February BYO lunch meeting – featuring Clare Elwell

It’s a brand new year, and our next bring-your-own lunch networking meeting, on Tuesday 11th February, will feature a talk by Professor Clare Elwell. We’ll meet from 1 to 2 PM. Please come to the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way WC1H 0AP

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 Clare Elwell, Professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL. After talking a bit about herself and her career path, Clare will tell us a bit about her research into novel optical systems for monitoring and imaging the human body.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Clare’s Biography

Clare

Clare Elwell is a Professor of Medical Physics in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL. She leads the Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) research group developing novel optical systems for monitoring and imaging the human body, and in particular the brain. Her research projects include studies of autism, acute brain injury in adults, children and infants, sports performance, migraine, malaria and depression. Most recently she has used NIRS to perform the first functional brain imaging of infants in Africa as part of a project to investigate the effects of malnutrition on brain development in infants in rural Gambia. Her research is supported by funding from the EPSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and industrial collaborators Hamamatsu Photonics and Hitachi Medical Systems.

Clare has contributed to broad range of public engagement of science activities including exhibits at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, British Science Festival and Design Council Exhibition, talks at the House of Commons, Royal Institution, Institute of Physics, Institute of Education and Science Museum and filming for BBC’s Horizon and Bang Goes the Theory. She was awarded the 2012 UCL Provosts Prize for Public Engagement, and more recently an MRC Science Suffragette Award.

Clare has worked part time since the birth of her first child in 1997. She became pregnant whilst on an MRC Fellowship and after her maternity leave she returned to work part time (0.6FTE). Whilst on extended maternity leave with her second child she was awarded a lectureship, taking up the post on a continued part time status. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005 and increased her hours to 0.8FTE, which she still works today. She was promoted to Professor in 2008.

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BYO lunch meeting – festive special – 13 December 2013

A chill is in the air, and our next bring-your-own lunch networking meeting, on Friday 13th December, will have a festive theme, with mince pies and mulled wine – feel free to bring your own favourite treats to share as well. We’ll meet from 12.30 to 2 PM. Please come to the hospitable Department of Psychology: 26 Bedford Way WC1H 0AP

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!

Speaker

To carry on in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, our inspiring speaker is Emma Terama, from the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. After chatting a bit about herself and her career trajectory, Emma will be giving us a snapshot of her research on The Impact of Science: What we think, what we know and what to improve on – a timely topic as we are all embroiled in the finale of the most recent REF.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Lidunka Vočadlo: slides

Last Friday, Lidunka Vočadlo acted as a pioneer for our series on women in STEM at UCL: “Who am I – What am I doing – and how did I get there?”

She’s kindly made her slides available, so you too can get an impression of her research on the amazing inner core of the earth.

Lidunka has also made available some slides of her life outside work. Don’t miss the last two: Top tips by Lidunka… and “How to handle women employees” — from 1940!

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BYO Lunch meeting 18th October

After a long and glorious summer we meet again for a bring-your-own lunch networking meeting, on Friday 18th October from 12.30 to 2 PM. Please come to the hospitable Department of Psychology:

26 Bedford Way WC1H 0AP 

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.

Speaker

To start us off in our series “Who am I – what am I doing?”, we have two inspiring speakers.

First, Lucie Green will talk to us about her public engagement work on the Sky at Night Programme. You may have heard rumours that this programme is on the endangered list, and I hope that we can rally some support.

In addition, Lidunka Vočadlo from Earth Sciences has kindly agreed to tell us about her work and how she combines family and work.

We also thought it would be interesting to share views on how to set up a team and more specifically, how large a team should be.

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Working parenthood: a survey

Lauren Stewart at Goldsmiths is running an online survey to collate the experiences and perspectives of female academics who are also mothers. Her goal is to ascertain how people are managing to juggle the demands of working parenthood in academia, and to gather any useful tips or perspectives to pass on to the next generation.

Please take the Academia and Parenthood Survey, and pass the link on to anybody else you can think of!

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Summer picnic: Friday 16th August

UCL Women has got off to a great start, and to celebrate, we are having a picnic on 16th August from 12pm to 2.30pm in the Garden Room.

The Garden Room is in the Wilkins Building, at the far end of the South Cloisters (behind Jeremy Bentham) – check out the Route Finder map for directions from the main entrance.

If the weather is fine – fingers crossed – we’ll be outside in the garden itself. Please bring your favourite picnic foods, and your children are very welcome to come along too. The times are flexible – feel free to drop in and out between 12pm and 2.30pm if you cannot make the entire thing.

We look forward to seeing many of you there!

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Smart networking via Twitter: a how-to tutorial given by Jennifer Rohn

Location:  26 Bedford Way, Room 503 
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM  

  • Have you always been curious about Twitter, but haven’t had time to look into it?
  • Have you wondered whether Twitter could help you in networking, science or career?
  • Are you nervous about the thought of Twitter, or think you don’t have time to get into it, but really don’t know why?
  • Are you on Twitter already, but suspect you aren’t getting as much out of it as you could?
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