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21.06.2019 - 26.06.2019, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA


New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Fabrizio Carbone and Ursula Keller (with Sasha Landsman and Cornelia Hofmann)
Proof of concept ERC Grant for Rachel Grange Automated super-resolution polarimetric nonlinear microscope (PolarNon)
Majed Chergui wins RSC Liversidge Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Peter Hamm, Majed Chergui, Urs Staub, Steve Johnson, Jörg Standfuss and Gebhard Schertler
The FP-RESOMUS Grant Agreement- now signed by the ETH Zürich and the European Commission
Cluster of Excellence RESOLV extended- our partner in FP-RESOMUS and the biannual Science and Gender Meetings

OPN Column May 2012: Reflections in Diversity

Uncovering Hidden Biases in Optics by Elsa Garmire, Sydney E Junkins 1887, Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College in Dartmouth, N.H:, USA. She was Optical Society of America's president in 1993, May 2012


Professor Elsa Garmire poses the question  "How can you fight what you cannot see, even within yourself?  She argues that "Hidden biases can be more damaging to minority scientists and engineers than over bias - which is more easily identified and therefore discounted."

She gives examples of hidden biases alongside techniques on how to counter them as scientific professionals. For example "I have noticed hidden biases in myself when I write letters of recommendation. Unless I fight it, I unwittingly describe my female students in a different way from the males. I tend to write more about how "nice" the female student it and less about her competence..."

Professor Elsa Garmire

Uncoveringhiddenbiasesopticsmay2012 (PDF, 413 KB)

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