Virtual Special Issue on Women in Physics 2017

There can hardly be a more fitting celebration of women’s contribution to science than bringing them together and letting them speak for themselves with a powerful voice. It is thus my great pleasure to write an introduction to the Virtual Special Issue on Women in Physics 2017, assembling contributions to science made by outstanding women scientists. The issue represents a broad selection of works ranging from mathematics and physics to computer science, helping us understand our environment, develop and protect it, as well as look beyond it. To illustrate this, I describe but a few of excellent results contained in this issue.

An example of understanding our environment is beautifully exemplified by the paper “Statistical physics approach to earthquake occurrence and forecasting” by Lucilla de Arcangelis et al. From being considered an expression of Poseidon’s wrath - to the theory that they are an effect of earth floating on rough waters - understanding and, more practically, predicting earthquakes has long held the interest of humanity. This paper builds on a statistical mechanics approach to earthquake occurrence and develops it to improve seismic forecasting.

Practical solar energy has long been a holy grail of renewable energy technology but substantial improvements are still required to reduce its cost. “Physical aspects of ferroelectric semiconductors for photovoltaic solar energy conversion” by Mariona Coll (and others) provides an advance to the field by investigating properties of ferroelectric materials providing insight into generating energy in environmentally friendly ways.

A complementary result by Linda Gaines “The future of automotive lithium-ion battery recycling: Charting a sustainable course” helps us further care for our environment – not by generating energy from sustainable sources but by ensuring that energy waste is disposed of or recycled in sustainable ways.

And finally, the paper “The habitability of planets orbiting M-dwarf stars” by Aomawa L. Shields looks beyond our immediate environment by streaming the light of factual discovery and analysis on what was once the realm of science fiction, and thus advancing our understanding of whether life can exist on other planets.

Looking at the importance and societal impact of these investigations it is hard to believe that even just a hundred years ago mankind was depriving itself of the insight, creativity, and curiosity of half of its numbers by denying women scientific careers. The tremendous scientific progress of the last century is certainly due in a large part to the fact that - at least in the developed world - this potential is being unleashed. Of this, this Special Issue on Women in Physics is a small but potent illustration.

Kate Keahey
co-Editor-in-Chief, SoftwareX

We are delighted to bring you our second Virtual Special Issue on Women in Physics, and encourage you all to download and read it for free for the next 6 months.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all these outstanding scientists for the ongoing success of our Physics journals; we look forward to continue to work with you.

Dora Altbir
Phase diagrams of magnetic nanotubes
J. Escrig, P. Landeros, D. Altbir, E.E. Vogel, P. Vargas
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 308, Issue 2, January 2007, Pages 171-346

Dora Altbir is Full Professor at the Physics Department of Universidad de Santiago de Chile. She studied at the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile, where she received a PhD in Sciences in 1993.
In 2015 she was elected corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences.
Her main area of research is the modelling of nanostructured magnetic elements. Since 2009 she is the Director of the Centre for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Cedenna, the main center on this discipline in Chile.
She is an Editorial Board member of Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.

Mariette Annergren
MOOSE2—A toolbox for least-costly application-oriented input design
Mariette Annergren, Christian A. Larsson
SoftwareX, Volume 5, 2016, Pages 96–100   

Mariette Annergren received an MSc in engineering physics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 2010. In the same year she started as a PhD student at the Automatic Control Lab at KTH. In 2012 she received her Licentiate of Engineering in automatic control. From 2014 to 2016 she visited the Department of Automatic Control at Lund University. In 2016 she successfully defended her doctoral thesis in automatic control.
Her research interests are system identification, modelling of dynamic systems from experimental data, and convex optimization.
She was involved in the AutoProfit project where model-based operation support technology for control and model calibrations was developed.

Lucilla de Arcangelis
Statistical physics approach to earthquake occurrence and forecasting
Lucilla de Arcangelis, Cataldo Godano, Jean Robert Grasso, Eugenio Lippiello
Physics Reports, Volume 628, April 2016, Pages 1-91

Lucilla de Arcangelis is a Professor at the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Aversa, Italy.
She received her PhD in Physics from Boston University. She was visiting scientist at the University of Cologne and the CEA in Saclay. In 1990 she was awarded a CNRS position at the ESPCI in Paris and in 1993 a faculty position in Italy.
Her research interests span from percolation, fractals, cellular automata to spin glass, models for fracture and gelation. Recently, she has focused her research on statistical properties of earthquake occurrence and on the critical features of spontaneous neuronal activity.
She is Associate Editor of Physica A and Frontiers in Physiology. Since 2017 she is secretary of the C3 IUPAP Commission.

Sarah Ballard
The habitability of planets orbiting M-dwarf stars
Aomawa L. Shields, Sarah Ballard, John Asher Johnson
Physics Reports, Volume 663, December 2016, Pages 1-38

Sarah Ballard currently holds a position at the MIT Kavli Institute, Cambridge, MA.
Sarah Ballard earned her bachelor's degree in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2007, graduated from Harvard's PhD program in Astronomy & Astrophysics in 2012, completed a NASA Carl Sagan fellowship at the University of Washington in 2015 and became a Torres Fellow for Exoplanetary Research in that same year.
Her research interests are detection and study of extrasolar planets with near-infrared and optical photometry, formation of planets, characterization of exoplanetary host stars and photometric techniques.
She was awarded a fellowship in the 2015 L'Oréal for Women in Science program.

Marcela Carena
Effective potential methods and the Higgs mass spectrum in the MSSM
M. Carena, M. Quirós, C.E.M. Wagner
Nuclear Physics B, Volume 461, Issue 3, February 1996, Pages 407-625

Marcela Carena is a Particle Physicist, Director of International Relations and Head of the Theoretical Physics Department at Fermilab, Batavia, IL. She is Professor in the Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, a Senior Member of the Kavli Center for Cosmological Physics, Vice-Chair of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society and member of the Aspen Center for Physics.
She received her Diploma in Physics from the Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina (1985) and her PhD in High Energy Physics from the University of Hamburg in 1989.
She was awarded the Simons Distinguished Scholarship (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2013), the Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2010), a Fellowship of the American Physical Society (2002), the Marie Curie Fellowship (1996) and the John Stuart Bell Fellowship (1993).

Melissa S. Chapot
Natural and laboratory TT-OSL dose response curves: Testing the lifetime of the TT-OSL signal in nature
M.S. Chapot, H.M. Roberts, G.A.T. Duller, Z.P. Lai
Radiation Measurements, Volume 85, February 2016, Pages 41-50 

Melissa Chapot is an early career researcher in the field of luminescence dating. She graduated from Utah State University as College of Science valedictorian in 2010 with a geology major and anthropology minor. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, she went on to receive a PhD from Aberystwyth University in 2015 for a thesis exploring the maximum limit of quartz luminescence dating at Luochuan, China.
She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Aberystwyth University applying quartz and feldspar luminescence dating techniques to deep sediment cores recovered from Lake Chew Bahir, Ethiopia as part of the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project.

Margaret Cheney
A linearized inverse boundary value problem for Maxwell's equations
Erkki Somersalo, David Isaacson, Margaret Cheney
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Volume 42, Issue 1, September 1992, Pages 123-136

Margaret Cheney is a Professor of Mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute since 1993. Before that she held positions at Duke University and Stanford University.
She received her BA in Mathematics and Physics (with High Honors in Mathematics) at Oberlin College in 1976 and her PhD in Mathematics at Indiana University in 1982.
Cheney works on inverse problems in acoustics and electromagnetic theory. Some of her work has dealt with low-frequency electromagnetic imaging, in which images are made of objects much smaller than the wavelength of the interrogating fields. More recently she has been working on remote sensing problems, including ground-penetrating radar, sonar, adaptive time-reversal methods in acoustics and electromagnetics, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR).

Alicja Chruścińska
On some fundamental features of optically stimulated luminescence measurements
A. Chruścińska
Radiation Measurements, Volume 45, Issue 9, October 2010, Pages 991–999
Alicja Chruścińska
is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Physics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland.

Coray M. Colina
pysimm: A python package for simulation of molecular systems
Michael E. Fortunato, Coray M. Colina
SoftwareX, Volume 6, 2017, Pages 7–12

Coray Colina is currently Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Affiliate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She moved from the Pennsylvania State University where she was Associate Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Department. She carried out her postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Professor Colina obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the North Carolina State University and completed her MS and BS in Chemical Engineering at Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela where she was also a faculty member for many years.
She is the author of 80 peer-reviewed publications, 2 books, 4 software packages and has given over 50 invited talks. She presently serves as co-chair of the 2018 International Materials Research Congress and as past-chair of the Computational Science and Engineering Forum of the AIChE.
Her group strives to understand and predict structure-property relations in functional materials, such as polymeric membranes and biomolecules. They use a variety of simulation techniques and software development to gain further understanding of these systems by providing unique insight into structural aspects and phenomena. Complementary to experimental investigations, her work is helping to analyze and interpret experimental results, as well as to predict the performance of new materials to guide future experimental design efforts.

Mariona Coll
Physical aspects of ferroelectric semiconductors for photovoltaic solar energy conversion
Pilar Lopez-Varo, Luca Bertoluzzi, Juan Bisquert, Marin Alexe, Mariona Coll, Jinsong Huang, Juan Antonio Jimenez-Tejada, Thomas Kirchartz, Riad Nechache, Federico Rosei, Yongbo Yuan
Physics Reports, Volume 653, October 2016, Pages 1-40

Mariona Coll currently holds a position at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), Spain.
She received a BA in Chemistry from the Universitat de Barcelona in 2002 and her PhD in Chemistry/Materials Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2007.
Her research interests focus on the development of radically new chemical processes to generate and stabilize nanoscale engineered functional oxide thin films and nanostructures (insulating, magnetic, ferroelectric, superconductor, and photovoltaic) combining chemical solution deposition (CSD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). Other areas of interest include chemical surface engineering.

Sally Dawson
Radiative corrections to Higgs boson production
S. Dawson
Nuclear Physics B, Volume 359, Issues 2–3, August 1991, Pages 283–300       

Sally Dawson is a Senior Scientist at the Physics Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) since 2008.
She received a BS in Physics and Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) from Duke University in 1977 and her PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 1981.
Sally Dawson was a Research Associate at Fermilab and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, leader of the High Energy Theory Group at BNL, Adjunct Professor of the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook and Chair of the Physics Department at BNL. She is a member of the Max Planck Advisory Board and Chair of the Committee of Visitors for DOE HEP Office.
Among her honors and awards are the APS Sakurai Prize (2017), the Humboldt fellowship (2015), Ben Lee Fellow at Fermilab (2014) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006).

Ulrike Diebold
Adjusting island density and morphology of the SrTiO3(110)-(4 × 1) surface: Pulsed laser deposition combined with scanning tunneling microscopy
Stefan Gerhold, Michele Riva, Bilge Yildiz, Michael Schmid, Ulrike Diebold
Surface Science, Volume 651, September 2016, Pages 76–83

Ulrike Diebold received her PhD degree in engineering physics from the TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. The next 20 years she spent in the US, first as a post-doc and then as a faculty at Tulane University, New Orleans. In 2010 she returned to her alma mater, where she is a full professor at the Institute of Applied Physics.
Ulrike Diebold is an experimental surface scientist with a research emphasis on metal oxides. She serves on the editorial board of multiple journals and has received several international research awards. She is a member of the Austrian, German, and European Academies of Science, and a Fellow of AVS, APS and AAAS.  She is an Editor of Surface Science Reports.

Janna M. Dlugach
First-principles modeling of electromagnetic scattering by discrete and discretely heterogeneous random media
Michael I. Mishchenko, Janna M. Dlugach, Maxim A. Yurkin, Lei Bi, Brian Cairns, Li Liu, R. Lee Panetta, Larry D. Travis, Ping Yang, Nadezhda T. Zakharova
Physics Reports, Volume 632, May 2016, Pages 1-75

Janna Dlugach is a leading scientist at the Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kiev. She is a Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics (Kiev, 2013), a Senior Scientist in Astrophysics (Moscow, 1987) and received a PhD in Physics and Mathematics (Tartu, 1979). She is a Member of International Astronomical Society.
Her research interests are: development of numerical methods in radiative transfer theory, radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres, interpretation of spectrophotometric and spectropolarimetric observations of planets, light scattering by particles of different shape, electromagnetic scattering by particulate medium and light scattering by atmosphereless Solar System bodies.

Ana G. Elias
Precipitation over two Southern Hemisphere locations: Long-term variation linked to natural and anthropogenic forcings
Teresita Heredia, Ana G. Elias
Advances in Space Research, Volume 57, Issue 6, March 2016, Pages 1391-1401

Ana Elias received her PhD in Physics from the National University of Tucuman, Argentina, in 1999. She works there now as a Researcher from the CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas) and as Professor of Statistical Physics. Research interests  include: variability of the upper atmosphere, solar and geomagnetic activity, geomagnetism, and stratospheric QBO. Her research now is mainly focused in Earth’s magnetic field secular variations, ionosphere long-term trends and its connection to Earth’s magnetic field and increasing greenhouse gases concentration.
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Giulia Festa
Research opportunities with compact accelerator-driven neutron sources
I.S. Anderson, C. Andreani, J.M. Carpenter, G. Festa, G. Gorini, C.-K. Loong, R. Senesi
Physics Reports, Volume 654, October 2016, Pages 1-58

Giulia Festa received a PhD in Physics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009. She is an experimental physicist at Centro Fermi in Rome (Italy) and her research focuses on the development and application of advanced neutron techniques for the study of cultural heritage artefacts and materials at the nanoscale. These techniques include Diffraction, Gamma Spectroscopy, Neutron Resonance Analysis and Imaging.
Currently she is member of the team participating in the design and development of a novel technique, i.e. Time of Flight Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (T-PGAA), and related methods at the ISIS Spallation Neutron Source (UK). She is serving as a referee for several international journals and co-editor of a book, Neutron Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (2017).
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Katherine Freese
Cardassian expansion: a model in which the universe is flat, matter dominated, and accelerating
Katherine Freese, Matthew Lewis
Physics Letters B, Volume 540, Issues 1–2, July 2002, Pages 1–8

Dr. Katherine Freese is George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and Visiting Professor of Physics at Stockholm University. She works on a wide range of topics in theoretical cosmology and astroparticle physics. She has been working to identify the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe, as well as to build a successful model for the early universe immediately after the Big Bang.  Recently, she has proposed dark stars as the first stars to form in the universe.
Freese received a BA in Physics at Princeton University, MA from Columbia University, and PhD from University of Chicago. She held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard, Berkeley, and the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. After an Assistant Professorship at MIT, Freese moved to  the University of Michigan in 1991, and to Stockholm in September 2014. In 2012, Dr. Freese was awarded an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University and a Simons Foundation Fellowship in Theoretical Physics in 2012. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Dr. Freese has written a popular-level book, The Cosmic Cocktail:  Three Parts Dark Matter (Princeton University Press, 2014). Her work has been described in the New York Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, National Public Radio, BBC, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, and other popular media. Her public appearances include Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on TV’s Science Channel, BBC radio, CBC radio, TV Ontario,; Big Think, The World Science Festival in New York, Hay-on-Wye Book Festival, Edinburgh Science Festival, Gothenburg Science Festival, multiple public lectures around the world, and the Isaac Asimov Debate at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
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Joana G. Freire
Stern–Brocot trees in cascades of mixed-mode oscillations and canards in the extended Bonhoeffer–van der Pol and the FitzHugh–Nagumo models of excitable systems
Joana G. Freire, Jason A.C. Gallas
Physics Letters A, Volume 375, Issue 7, February 2011, Pages 1097-1103

Joana Freire currently holds a position at Instituto Dom Luiz, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Mary K. Gaillard
Aspects of the grand unification of strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions
A.J. Buras, J. Ellis, M.K. Gaillard, D.V. Nanopoulos
Nuclear Physics B, Volume 135, Issue 1, March 1978, Pages 66-92     

Mary Gaillard is a Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, and an associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 1981 to 2009 she was a Professor of
Physics at UCB and Faculty Senior Scientist at LBNL.
She was with the French CNRS from 1964 to 1981, becoming Director of Research in 1980, and concurrently a Research Associate at CERN. In 1979 she established a particle theory group at LAPP, Annecy-le-Vieux. She has served on a number of scientific advisory panels, and was a member of the National Science Board from 1996-2002.
Her research accomplishments include the successful prediction of the charmed quark mass with Benjamin W. Lee, the prediction of three-jet events with John Ellis and Graham Ross, and the prediction of the bottom quark mass with Ellis and Michael Chanowitz. Her recent work has focused on effective supergravity theories from superstrings.
Gaillard is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the APS and the AAAS, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She is a recipient of the E.O. Lawrence Memorial Award and the Sakurai Prize.
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Linda Gaines
The future of automotive lithium-ion battery recycling: Charting a sustainable course
Linda Gaines
Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volumes 1–2, December 2014, Pages 2–7 

Linda Gaines is a Transportation Systems Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory. She holds a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard, and a PhD in Physics from Columbia. Her primary interest is efficient use of resources.
She began her career by writing a series of handbooks of energy and material flows in energy-intensive industries. These provided background for studies of the costs and impacts of production, use, and recycling of advanced-design automobiles, trucks, and trains, and batteries.
Her recent work involves recycling of lithium-ion batteries and also reducing vehicle idling. She is an Editor of Sustainable Materials and Technologies.
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Graciela Gelmini
Cosmic abundances of stable particles: Improved analysis
Paolo Gondolo, Graciela Gelmini
Nuclear Physics B, Volume 360, Issue 1, August 1991, Pages 145–179

Graciela Gelmini is a Professor of Theory of Elementary Particles, Astroparticle Physics, and Phenomenology at the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy.
She received her PhD from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina in 1981.
Prof. Gelmini has been working on astroparticle physics, especially on the problem of dark matter, where she has studied different dark matter particle candidates. She is also interested in different aspects of the physics of neutrinos.

Gudrun Hiller
Asymptotic solutions of the evolution equation for the polarized nucleon structure function g2(x, Q2)
A. Ali, V.M. Braun, G. Hiller
Physics Letters B, Volume 266, Issues 1–2, August 1991, Pages 117-125

Gudrun Hiller is a Professor in the High Energy & Particle Theory Group, Department of Physics at Dortmund University.
Her research interests are elementary particle physics theory: flavorphysics and CP-violation, tests of the standard model with rare decays, b-physics, supersymmetry, physics beyond the standard model, flavor and LHC, asymptotic safety and high energy physics.

Jose A.A. van den IJssel
Orbit determination and estimation of non-gravitational accelerations for the GOCE reentry phase
P.N.A.M. Visser, J.A.A. van den IJssel
Advances in Space Research, Volume 58, Issue 9, November 2016, Pages 1840-1853 

Jose van den IJssel is a senior scientist at the department of Space Engineering at Delft University of Technology, where she also received her PhD.
Her main research interest is the precise orbit determination of satellites using GNSS data. She is particularly interested in the ionospheric disturbances that affect GNSS receivers. In addition, she developed a strategy to derive non-gravitational accelerations from satellite GNSS data, with the aim to improve atmospheric density models of the Earth’s upper atmosphere.
She contributed to several studies in preparation of the European Space Agency (ESA) GOCE mission and was responsible for the delivery of the GOCE Rapid Science Orbits. She also contributed to studies for the ESA Swarm mission and is currently responsible for the Precise Science Orbits of this satellite constellation.
She is vice-chair of the Panel on Satellite Dynamics of COSPAR since 2013 and member of the ESA-EUMETSAT Radio Occultation Science Advisory Group since 2014.

Karyn L. Jarvis
Growth of thin barrier films on flexible polymer substrates by atomic layer deposition
Karyn L. Jarvis, Peter J Evans
Thin Solid Films, Volume 624, February 2017, Pages 111–135

Karyn Jarvis is a research engineer at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She joined Swinburne in August 2015 after postdoctoral appointments at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of South Australia. She completed her undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of South Australia.
Her research interests are surface modification, surface characterization and thin film deposition. Karyn has experience in modifying surfaces for drug delivery, water treatment and solar cell applications. In her current work, she is investigating how plasma polymerization can be used to vary surface properties and therefore influence the interactions of proteins, bacteria and cells with surfaces.
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Hanna Koivunoro
Biokinetic analysis of tissue boron (10B) concentrations of glioma patients treated with BNCT in Finland
H. Koivunoro, E. Hippeläinen, I. Auterinen, L. Kankaanranta, M. Kulvik, J. Laakso, T. Seppälä, S. Savolainen, H. Joensu
Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Volume 106, December 2015, Pages 189–194. The 16th International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-16). Representative person of the Organizing Committee: Dr Hanna Koivunoro (Secretary general of the ICNCT-16)

Hanna Koivunoro is a qualified medical physicist working currently as a chief medical physicist at Neutron Therapeutic Inc, a medical equipment company providing accelerator based in-hospital neutron sources for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT).
Hanna Koivunoro has an MSc degree in Theoretical Physics and PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has been working on Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) research and development over her entire career, starting while a student at the University of Helsinki. She was closely involved in the successful BNCT phase I/II clinical trials that were conducted at Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Joceline Lega
Two-dimensional capillary origami
N.D. Brubaker, J. Lega
Physics Letters A, Volume 380, Issues 1–2, January 2016, Pages 83-87

Joceline Lega is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. She was educated in France at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and received degrees in Physics from the Université Pierre and Marie Curie (BS and MS) and from the Université of Nice Sophia Antipolis (PhD).
Her expertise is in the modeling of nonlinear phenomena and her broad research interests include defects and spatio-temporal disorder in systems far from equilibrium, nonlinear optics, thin films, elastic plates and membranes, bacterial colony dynamics, neurophysiology, mosquito abundance, disease forecasting, and complex systems.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and Editor-in-Chief of Physica D: Nonlinear  Phenomena.
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Laura H. Lewis
Exchange coupling and recoil loop area in Nd2Fe14B nanocrystalline alloys
C.L. Harland, L.H. Lewis, Z. Chen, B.-M. Ma
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 271, Issue 1, April 2004, Pages 53-62

Laura Lewis is the Cabot Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to her faculty position, she was a research group leader, Associate Nanoscience Department Chair and Deputy Director of the BNL Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
Lewis received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin; she earned a MS degree in Electronic Materials from MIT and a BS degree in Physics and Earth Sciences from UCSD.
Her current research interests focus is on elucidating the materials factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic, that provide functionality to nanostructured magnetic materials. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the recipient of the 2014 Northeastern University Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Sara A. Majetich
Design and synthesis of plasmonic magnetic nanoparticles
JitKang Lim, Robert D. Tilton, Alexander Eggeman, Sara A. Majetich
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 311, Issue 1, April 2007, Pages 78-83

Sara Majetich is a Professor at the Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
Her research area is Device Science and Nanofabrication.

Roxana Margine
EPW: Electron–phonon coupling, transport and superconducting properties using maximally localized Wannier functions
S. Poncé, E.R. Margine, C. Verdi, F. Giustino
Computer Physics Communications, Volume 209, December 2016, Pages 116–133

Elena Roxana Margine is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy at Binghamton University - State University of New York. She received a PhD in Computational Condensed Matter Physics with a Minor in High Performance Computing from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Before joining Binghamton University in 2014, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Lyon and a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Her research focuses on the development and application of advanced computational methods for description and rational design of materials which have strategic applications in energy transport, energy harvesting, and electronics.

Laura Ortiz
A bilayer Double Semion model with symmetry-enriched topological order
L. Ortiz, M.A. Martin-Delgado
Annals of Physics, Volume 375, December 2016, Pages 193–226

Laura Ortiz works on the topological aspects of condensed matter physics. Her researching interests cover topics from Quantum Computation and Strongly Correlated Systems to Topological Insulators and Superconductors.
She was awarded a scholarship as an undergraduate to begin her researching experience at Spanish National Research Council. She received her M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2014). She is currently doing her PhD under the supervision of Professor Miguel Angel Martin-Delgado. She carried out international research collaborations at Boston College, working with Professor Ying Ran.

María del Puerto Morales
Surfactant effects in magnetite nanoparticles of controlled size
P. Guardia, B. Batlle-Brugal, A.G. Roca, O. Iglesias, M.P. Morales, C.J. Serna, A. Labarta, X. Batlle
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Volume 316, Issue 2, September 2007, Pages e756-e759

María del Puerto Morales is senior scientist at the Institute of Material Science (ICMM/CSIC), in Madrid, Spain since 2008. She received her degree in Chemistry from the University of Salamanca in 1989 and her PhD in Material Science from the Madrid Autonomous University in 1993. From 1994 to 1996 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems of the University of Wales, UK.
Her research activities are focused on the area of nanotechnology, in particular in the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedicine, including the mechanism of particle formation and its performance in biomolecule separation, NMR imaging, drug delivery and hyperthermia.

Helen R. Quinn
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group
Physics Letters B, Volume 592, Issues 1–4, July 2004, Pages 1–5

Helen Quinn is Professor Emerita of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She received her PhD in physics at Stanford in 1967. She has taught physics at both Harvard and Stanford. Dr. Quinn is an internationally recognized theoretical physicist who holds the Dirac Medal (from the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy), the Klein Medal (from The Swedish National Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University) as well as the Sakurai Prize (from the American Physical Society) and the Compton medal (from the American Institute of Physics, awarded once every 4 years). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Science and the American Philosophical Society. She is a Fellow and former president of the American Physical Society.  She is originally from Australia and is an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.
Dr. Quinn is has been active in science education for some years. She served as Chair of the US National Academy of Science Board on Science Education (BOSE) from 2009-2014. She served as a member of the BOSE study that developed the report “Taking Science to School” and chaired the committee for the “Framework for K-12 Science Education”, which is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that have now been adopted by multiple states in the US. She also contributed to follow-up NRC studies on assessment and implementation of NGSS.  In 2015 Helen was appointed by the President of Ecuador as a member of the initial “Comision Gestora” to help guide the development of the National University of Education of Ecuador.

Ana Maria Rey
Probing many-body interactions in an optical lattice clock
A.M. Rey, A.V. Gorshkov, C.V. Kraus, M.J. Martin, M. Bishof, M.D. Swallows, X. Zhang, C. Benko, J. Ye, N.D. Lemke, A.D. Ludlow
Annals of Physics, Volume 340, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 311–351

Ana Maria Rey obtained her bachelor’s degree in physics in 1999 from La Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and pursued her graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, receiving a PhD in 2004. She became a postdoctoral ITAMP Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics between 2005 and 2008. In 2008 she joined JILA, NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder faculty where she is currently a JILA fellow and an associate research professor in the Department of Physics.
Her research focuses on how to control and manipulate ultra-cold atomic systems for applications in quantum information, quantum simulation and precision measurements. Recognition of her work includes the APS Atomic Physics Thesis Award, the MacArthur Fellowship and the PECASE Award.

Kathleen Richardson
Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) studies of gamma irradiated As2Se3 films used in MIR integrated photonics
Spencer Novak, Vivek Singh, Corentin Monmeyran, Adam Ingram, Zhaohong Han, Hongtao Lin, Nikolay Borodinov, Neil Patel, Qingyang Du, Juejun Hu, Igor Luzinov, Roman Golovchak, Anuradha Agarwal, Kathleen Richardson
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Volume 455, January 2017, Pages 29–34   

Kathleen Richardson is currently Professor of Optics and Materials Science and Engineering at CREOL/College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central FL, where she leads the Glass Processing and Characterization Laboratory.
Her research team carries out synthesis and characterization of novel glass and glass ceramic materials for infrared optical applications, examining the role of structure/property relationships on resulting optical function and performance in bulk, planar and fiber materials. The team is supported by extensive industrial and government programs evaluating new materials and processing methodologies for precision molded optics, non-oxide glasses in chem-bio planar sensors, complex material interactions in next-generation integrated opto-electronic chip design, and in nano-composites for GRIN optical applications.

Norna A. Robertson
The quality factor of natural fused quartz ribbons over a frequency range from 6 to 160 Hz
Rowan, S., Hutchins, R., McLaren, A., Robertson, N.A., Twyford, S.M., Hough, J.
Physics Letters A, Volume 227, Issues 3–4, March 1997, Pages 153-158

Norna Robertson is currently a lead scientist in the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech. She also holds a part time position as professor of experimental physics at the University of Glasgow where she has been on the faculty since 1983. She works on experimental techniques for the detection of gravitational waves using laser interferometry, particularly in the area of ultra-low noise, multi-stage suspensions for the mirrors.
She headed the Suspensions team for the Advanced LIGO (aLIGO) project.  The performance of the aLIGO suspensions was an important element in the improvement of the low frequency sensitivity of the LIGO detectors, which has culminated in the historic first direct detection of gravitational waves announced in February 2016.

Sheila Rowan
The quality factor of natural fused quartz ribbons over a frequency range from 6 to 160 Hz
Rowan, S., Hutchins, R., McLaren, A., Robertson, N.A., Twyford, S.M., Hough, J.
Physics Letters A, Volume 227, Issues 3–4, March 1997, Pages 153-158

Sheila Rowan was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland in June 2016. In addition to this part-time appointment she remains Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow, a position she has held since 2009. She received an MBE in 2011.
Professor Rowan’s research is targeted at developing optical materials for use in gravitational wave detectors. Her recent work has been a crucial part of the Advanced LIGO upgrades, carried out between 2010 and 2015, that contributed to one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of this century: the first detection of gravitational waves announced in February 2016.

Heidi Rzehak
A review of Higgs mass calculations in supersymmetric models
Patrick Draper, Heidi Rzehak
Physics Reports, Volume 619, March 2016, Pages 1-24

Heidi Rzehak is a particle physicist in the group CP3 Origins at the SDU in Denmark. Before joining this group as assistant professor, she was postdoc at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. From 2010, she has been working at the University of Freiburg with a two-year leave where she was CERN fellow in the CERN theory group. She received her PhD from the Technical University of Munich in 2005.
Her research is focused on particle physics phenomenology, mainly on Higgs boson properties within the Standard Model and its extensions. She performed precise calculations of observables within these models taking into account quantum corrections. The results are needed for the comparison with measured values. Her work comprises also phenomenological investigations, concentrated on the question of where physics beyond the Standard Model could emerge, and on shedding light on the underlying theory.

Annabella Selloni
Structure of the NiFe2O4(001) surface in contact with gaseous O2 and water vapor
Xiao Shi, Ye-Fei Li, Steve L. Bernasek, Annabella Selloni
Surface Science, Volume 640, October 2015, Pages 73–79     

Annabella Selloni is David B. Jones Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Princeton University since 2008. She is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (2016) and the American Physical Society (2008), and has been named an APS Outstanding Referee (2012).
She received her PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne in 1979. After a postdoc at the IBM T.J. Watson research centre in Yorktown Heights, she held positions at the University “La Sapienza” (Roma, Italy), at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy), and at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), before joining Princeton University in 1999.
Professor Selloni has co-authored nearly 300 publications, which have received more than 17,500 citations. Her research focuses on the theoretical modeling of surfaces and interfaces by first principles electronic structure calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. She is particularly interested in metal oxide surfaces and aqueous interfaces for application in photocatalysis and photovoltaics.
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Aomawa L. Shields
The habitability of planets orbiting M-dwarf stars
Aomawa L. Shields, Sarah Ballard, John Asher Johnson
Physics Reports, Volume 663, December 2016, Pages 1-38   

Aomawa Shields is an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Her research focuses on exploring the possible climates and potential habitability of planets orbiting low-mass stars. As a 2015 TED Fellow, Dr. Shields's TED Talk “How We’ll Find Life on Other Planets” has garnered nearly 1.5 million views. She is Founder and Director of the organization Rising Stargirls, which encourages girls of all colors and backgrounds to learn about and discover the universe using theater, writing, and visual art.
Dr. Shields received her PhD in Astronomy and Astrobiology from the University of Washington in 2014, an MFA in Acting from UCLA in 2001, and an Sc.B. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from MIT in 1997. She was recently recognized by Arizona State University as the recipient of the 2016 Origins Project Postdoctoral Lectureship Award. Dr. Shields will start as Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine beginning July 1, 2017.

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Strong dynamics and electroweak symmetry breaking   Christopher T. Hill, Elizabeth H. Simmons
Physics Reports, Volume 381, Issues 4–6, July 2003, Pages 235–402

Elizabeth Simmons is a University Distinguished Professor of Physics at Michigan State University.  She serves as the Dean of MSU’s Lyman Briggs College and as Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development.
Simmons is a theoretical high-energy physicist whose research focuses on field theory and collider phenomenology addressing the origins of the properties of the observed elementary particles and the possibility that additional particles and forces remain to be discovered. She was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for her contributions to the study of electroweak and flavor symmetry breaking, especially the origin of the top-quark mass, and for suggesting incisive tests of physics beyond the standard model.
Simmons earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Harvard University and an M.Phil. at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a long-serving General Member of the Aspen Center for Physics.  Simmons is also on the Organizing Board of the advocacy group lgbt+physicists.
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Tracy R. Slatyer
Two emission mechanisms in the Fermi Bubbles: A possible signal of annihilating dark matter
Dan Hooper, Tracy R. Slatyer
Physics of the Dark Universe, Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2013, Pages 118-138       

Tracy Slatyer is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Center for Theoretical Physics, MIT.
She joined the MIT Physics Department in 2013 after completing a three‐year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Dr. Slatyer completed her undergraduate work with honors in theoretical physics at the Australian National University in 2005 and her doctoral work in physics at Harvard in 2010.
Dr. Slatyer is a theoretical physicist who works on particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. Her research interests are motivated by key particle physics questions, such as the search for new particles and forces and a microscopic description of dark matter, but she seeks answers to these questions by analyzing astrophysical data, including gamma-rays, X-rays, radio and the CMB.
Dr. Slatyer has proposed a new kind of dark matter particle that accounts for the measured excess of cosmic ray positrons that could be due to dark matter annihilation.

Ulrike Thoma
The polarization observables T, P, and H   and their impact on γp→pπ0γp→pπ0 multipoles
CBELSA/TAPS Collaboration
Physics Letters B, Volume 748, September 2015, Pages 212–220

Ulrike Thoma holds a position at the Helmholtz-Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. She leads the Experimental Hadron Physics Research Group.
Prof.Dr. Thoma’s distinctions and awards include the Emmy Noether grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the offer of a W3 professorship in experimental physics with an emphasis on hadron and particle physics at Giessen University. Her research interests are meson and baryon spectroscopy and hadron structure.

Sumiko Tsukamoto
Performance of pulsed OSL stimulation for minimising the feldspar signal contamination in quartz samples
Sumiko Tsukamoto, Eike F. Rades
Radiation Measurements, Volume 84, January 2016, Pages 26-33   

Sumiko Tsukamoto holds a position at the Leibniz-Institut für Angewandte Geophysik (LIAG), Hannover, Germany since 2008. From 2006 to 2008 she was a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at the Institute for Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK and a Lecturer at the Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan from 1995 to 2006.

Carla Verdi
EPW: Electron–phonon coupling, transport and superconducting properties using maximally localized Wannier functions
S. Poncé, E.R. Margine, C. Verdi, F. Giustino
Computer Physics Communications, Volume 209, December 2016, Pages 116–133

Carla Verdi received her Master degree in Physics at the University of Padua, Italy in 2013, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Materials Science at Oxford University. Her research lies in the field of computational materials science, focussing on first-principles description of electron-phonon interactions and theoretical spectroscopy of crystalline systems.
Her main work regards the generalization of the Fröhlich electron-phonon coupling to first-principles calculations and its use to investigate electronic properties of transition metal oxides such as titanium dioxide. She also worked on lead halide perovskite materials that are extremely promising for photovoltaics technology.

Nadezhda T. Zakharova
First-principles modeling of electromagnetic scattering by discrete and discretely heterogeneous random media
Michael I. Mishchenko, Janna M. Dlugach, Maxim A. Yurkin, Lei Bi, Brian Cairns, Li Liu, R. Lee Panetta, Larry D. Travis, Ping Yang, Nadezhda T. Zakharova
Physics Reports, Volume 632, May 2016, Pages 1-75

Nadia T. Zakharova holds a position at Innovim , Greenbelt, supporting the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York.

Kathryn M. Zurek
Echoes of a hidden valley at hadron colliders
Matthew J. Strassler, Kathryn M. Zurek
Physics Letters B, Volume 651, Issues 5–6, August 2007, Pages 374-379

Kathryn Zurek splits her time between her primary office at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
and the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics. She completed a PhD at the University of Washington in 2006, became a postdoc at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and then the David Schramm Fellow at Fermilab. Since 2012 she was an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. In 2014 she moved to Berkeley.
Most recently, she has been interested in understanding how the vacuum structure of the Higgs boson may impact inflation.