Proposed Workshop Schedule for CUWiP, Jan 20-22, 2023
All Start & End Times in the Schedule are Eastern Time, US

Note that all workshops are to be confirmed.

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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 – Day 2

Start timeEnd timeWorkshop Description
11:1512:00Workshop Parallel Session I
17:0017:45Workshop Parallel Session II

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 – Day 3

Start timeEnd timeWorkshop Description
11:0011:45Workshop Parallel Session III

Workshop Description

‘Cloud Chambers’ to see the Cosmic RainPraniti SinghHands-On Workshops: Our huge Universe is made out of tiny particles. Some of these we can see and feel, and others are completely invisible to us. Imagine what the world would look like, if suddenly our eyes could see atoms and other particles that are even smaller. We would see a cosmic dance of tiny particles which fill the space around us. We would also see a cosmic rain, made up of special particles called “muons” which are a close cousin of the electron. About 20 muons pass through each of us every second. During the workshop we will build these very special detectors and “see” the cosmic rain with our eyes!Session I & II

BH 141
Applying Data Science to Physics problemsXiaohe ShenHands-On Workshops: Physicists have been using “Data Science” techniques to make important discoveries from large data sets or combining many data sets! In the 17th century, Johannes Kepler used the precise observations by Tycho Brahe in 16th century, to develop the laws of planetary motion; Simon Newcome (1895) used multiple data sets available at the time to accurately predict the distance between the earth and Sun; and in the recent times, the experiments situated at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest equipment made by humankind until now, in Switzerland, use modern Machine Learning techniques and computing environment to discover the Higgs Boson or continue their quest to understand the nature of Dark Matter in the Universe by analyzing the humongous amount of data produced by the LHC. This workshop will guide you through the concepts and techniques of modern day Data Science (Python, Machine Learning and open data sources). In the end, you will have your own neural network ready to solve an actual physical problem!Session II & III

BH 158
Arts and Sciences (Dance)Sarah BowersIn this workshop, participants will experience how dancers embody principles of physics. They will discuss how dance can be used to educate about scientific topics and how physics can help dancers understand their movement. Session I

BH 157
Arts and Sciences (Chemistry)Professor Li-Qiong WangLearn about the different ways the arts and the sciences can intersect, featuring Professor Wang on the chemistry of art. Session I & II

BH 161
“Decoding Reality” through Art ProcessJelena BerencTwo hands-on art projects that will emulate, through their process, the most fundamental principle of eigenstates, superposition, entanglement, and act of quantum measurement (popularly known as a “collapse of the wave function’’).Session II & III

ERC 225
Communicating Your ScienceLindsey TensenHow and why to communicate about your research with the public. Learn more about how to engage an audience, how to improve your science communication, and how this practice can even help you with your science.Session I & II

BH 190
Building CommunityKhing Klangboonkrong, Sara Alkidim

Women in Physics @ Brown
Learn different practices to build community in your physics department. Navigating the world of physics can be difficult on your own, especially so as a member of an underrepresented group. We’ll discuss some of the specific challenges facing underrepresented groups in physics, ways to build intersectional coalitions, and how a community can address these challengesSession III

BH 141
Intersectionality: Centering the Experiences of the Multiply Marginalized in Physics Geraldine CochranOur research team has created an online portal that characterizes inclusion in US and UK computer science, mathematics, and physics departments.  The portal calculates an inclusion effectiveness score for all women, women of color, and those women of color who have been historically excluded in these fields.  The score compares bachelors degree attainment within the departments to overall bachelors degrees on campus.
In this workshop, participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore the portal, and answer questions about women of color in US physics departments.  They will use intersectionality methodology to interpret the data presented by the portal beyond merely looking up facts.  Ultimately, this workshop will push participants to look beyond the facts, and ask themselves, “What do these facts commend to us?”
Session II & III

ERC 125
Imposter Syndrome
Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, Dr. Sylvia Carey-ButlerHave you ever struggled with impostor syndrome? Or missed opportunities due to a feeling of insecurity? In this workshop, members from Brown University’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will equip you with the tools and techniques you can use to reinforce your confidence in your skills and abilities.Session I

BH 165
MicroaggressionsOffice of Institutional Equity and DiversityMicroaggressions are behaviors that demean marginalized identities in both subtle and overt ways. These transgressions have adverse impacts on the culture and productivity of our workspaces. Despite their prevalence and effect, they can be difficult to address as the behaviors are often unnoticed or normalized by the aggressor. In this workshop, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will provide participants with the tools to identify microaggressions as well as the language to describe and discuss them.Session II

BH 165
Wellness and SelfcareCorey FitzgeraldHave you ever wondered how those around you balance work, life, and other obligations? Have you ever questioned when it might be time to seek additional support during a tough time? Join CAPS Psychotherapist Corey Martin Fitzgerald as he leads attendees through a workshop focused on navigating work/life balance, discussing strategies for wellness, and ways you may become better at seeking help when needed. Session I

ERC 125
Navigating STEM as a member of an underrepresented communityCalvin Bales and Annette LopezFinding a community of fellow underrepresented minorities in STEM is a great way to develop a sense of belonging in your field or department. But what happens when no one in your STEM community shares your identity? This workshop aims to help students who have consistently or occasionally found themselves to be the only one representing their identities find a sense of belonging in STEM by exploring who gets granted the title of “scientist” and some of the great scientific minds to whom it was denied.Session II & III

BH 160
Navigating Cis Male Dominated SpacesRutendo Jakachira, Erin Morissette, Kayla Diaz, Farrah Simpson, Khing KlangboonkrongThis event is specifically geared towards women in introductory physics or STEM classes to provide a space where physics students can talk about challenges that arise in predominantly male fields and to provide a supportive community. There will be a panel of physics graduate students who are women and they will talk about their experience navigating such spaces, followed by an open forum for questions. Whether you are thinking about continuing in physics or not, being able to navigate spaces that are predominantly male and address issues that you face in these spaces is highly valuable. This is also a great opportunity to build connections and network with other women in STEM.Session III

BH 190
How to Read a Scientific PaperVineetha BheemarasettyLearn how to best read and understand a scientific paper, from the abstract to the figures to finding the most important conclusions.Session I & III

BH 159
Graduate School ApplicationsJonathan Pober and Brad MarstonLearn about the process of applying to graduate school, including tips, tricks, resources, and general advice. A place to discuss graduate school applications, from building a strong resume, exploring different areas of research, and the timeline of applications to finding a research advisor to the way graduate school works.Session I & II

BH 153
Resume and CV WritingBrown University Career LabWant a professional resume? The Career Lab can provide personalized advice and help you workshop your resume to showcase your skills to the best of your ability. This is a place to workshop your resume and CV with Brown University’s Career Lab.Session I & II

BH 163
Step Up Physics: Addressing the Problem of Under Representation of Women in PhysicsMichael J. Wadness, Ed.D. and Dr. Shubha TewariDid you know that high school teachers are the reason that most undergraduate women in physics choose that degree? Teachers are key to encouraging women to pursue prosperous careers in physics! The STEP UP project provides access to downloadable research-based lessons and a nationwide community of teachers engaged in changing the future of physics. For those considering a career in physics education, this insightful and interactive workshop invites participants to join a national movement designed to empower teachers with resources specifically focused on leveraging high school physics teachers’ pivotal role in influencing the career choices of women and contributing to the culture change needed to inspire more women to pursue physics as undergraduates.Session II

BH 155