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WiSET Annual Campbell Lecture 2017

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Physics L/T B (46/2003)

Highfield Campus

SO17 1BJ

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The University Women in Science, Engineering & Technology (WiSET) group would like to invite staff and students to this year's Campbell Lecture with Dr Michelle Thomsen.

Dr Michelle Thomsen is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and a Visiting Scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is currently a Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellow at Southampton University. Her host is Dr Caitriona Jackman, Lecturer & SFTC Ernest Rutherford Fellow, Physics and Astronomy. The Campbell Lecture is an event designed to celebrate and highlight the high quality of women scientists both internationally and at Southampton at all stages of their careers. It is named in honour of Ishbel Campbell (1906-1997) who was one of the founding academics of the University of Southampton, a reader in Chemistry as well as a committed teacher and inspiration for women in science.

The 2017 Campbell Lecture will be held from 12:30 pm on Wednesday 22 March in Physics L/T B (46/2003), Highfield Campus. The event will start with a buffet lunch. Please see the programme below.

12:30 Buffet Lunch (Foyer area outside Physics L/T B (46/2003))

13:30 Welcome address by Chair of WiSET, Su White (Physics L/T B (46/2003))

13:35 Introduction of speaker (by Nyovani Madise)

13:45 “Vicarious Voyages in Space” by Dr Michelle Thomsen

14:45 Q&A with representatives from the University Athena SWAN network, Prof Iain Cameron, Alex Melhuish and Nyovani Madise (moderated by WiSET Chair, Su White)

15:15 Vote of thanks (by Professor Marika Taylor)

15:20 Presentation of the WiSET awards (by Dr Michelle Thomsen)

15:35 Wine and cheese reception, plus tea and coffee (Foyer area outside Physics L/T B (46/2003))

Vicarious Voyages in Space

Michelle F. Thomsen

Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA

From a childhood steeped in the early days of the space race, to a career that has spanned the golden age of robotic planetary exploration, I have been privileged to participate in some very exciting “firsts” of space missions, such as the first spacecraft to encounter Jupiter and Saturn, the first close encounters with a comet, the first detailed observations of Earth’s interaction with the expanding solar atmosphere, and the first orbiter around Saturn. Along this journey I found challenges, as well as helping hands that made it all possible. I will describe some of the highlights of my space voyage, along with lessons I have learned along the way, both professional and personal.

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