All times noted below are Central Standard Time
 


Friday, January 12, 2018

1:00-5:30 p.m. Conference Check-In
Optional Tours
Jayhawk Walk
4th Floor, Kansas Union
5:30-6:00 p.m. Opening Remarks
- Neeli Bendapudi, KU Provost's Office
- Rebecca Thompson, American Physical Society
Woodruff Auditorium
5th Floor, Kansas Union
6:00-7:00 p.m. Plenary Talk
Who, What, Why, and the Future of Image-Guided Radiotherapy
Advances in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) have allowed for dose escalation and more precise radiation treatment delivery. Each decade brings new imaging technologies to help improve radiotherapy patient setup. Currently, the most frequently used method of 3D pre-treatment image verification is performed with cone-beam CT. However, more recent developments have provided radiotherapy with the ability to have on-board magnetic resonance (MR) imaging coupled to the tele-radiothereapy unit. This latest tool for treating cancer is known as MR-guided radiotherapy (MR-gRT). Several varieties of these units have been designed and installed in centers across the globe. Their prevalence, history, advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. Also, we will consider the possibilities of where MR-gRT might be heading in the near future.

Julianne Pollard-Larkin, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Woodruff Auditorium
5th Floor, Kansas Union
7:00-9:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Brainville Trivia with Scotty Mac
Sponsored by the American Astronomical Society
Big 12 & Jayhawk Rooms
5th Floor, Kansas Union
9:15-10:30 p.m. Shuttles to SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites 4th Floor, Kansas Union

 


Saturday, January 13, 2018

6:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotels SpringHill Suites
TownePlace Suites
7:30-8:30 a.m. Shuttles to Kansas Union SpringHill Suites
TownePlace Suites
8:30-9:20 a.m. Opening Session
Welcome Remarks - Jennifer Hamer, KU Provost's Office

Challenges for Women in STEM
As seen from the high profile #metoo movement to more mundane structural discrimination, women in STEM face many challenges. These challenges are often exacerbated in fields (such as physics) which are overwhelmingly male, and when the women are members of multiple minority groups (like people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, or visible non-Christian religious groups). Despite the bleak past, there are some reasons to have hope for the future, including initiatives such as CUWiP, NSF INCLUDES and ADVANCE programs. These build on awareness, long shared by women in a "whisper network" but now slowly becoming more public, that it is not only individual biases that need to be addressed, but deeper, systemic issues. In this talk, I'll briefly go over the state of sexist discrimination and harassment in physics. I will outline some things that we can do as individuals and collectively to combat pervasive sexism.
Eleanor Sayre, Kansas State University
Woodruff Auditorium
5th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30 a.m.-noon Networking Fair
Visit with representatives from various KU departments, student organizations, other colleges and universities, companies, and professional organizations during this drop-in session.

Organizations expected to attend:
American Physical Society
Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity
Fermilab Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST)
Kansas State University Department of Physics
Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship
- Quarked!
Rockhurst University Department of Physics
SACNAS
- Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
- University of Central Arkansas Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Kansas Center for STEM Learning/UKanTeach Program
University of Kansas Department of Geology
University of Kansas Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Kansas School of Engineering
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 Washburn University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Big 12/Jayhawk Rooms 
5th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30 a.m.-noon Student Poster Session Set-Up Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 1A 

Science Communication Panel
As scientists, one of our responsibilities is to ensure that our work is accessible to and understandable by the general public. These panelists will share how they have accomplished this in their careers and discuss what you can do to be an effective communicator.

- Alice Bean
- Kate Greene
- Eileen Hawley
- Rebecca Thompson
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 1B

Graduate Student Panel
Ever wonder what life is like as a graduate student? Get the straight dope from people who lived/are living it.

- Samantha Brunker
- Brittany Henke
- Sriharsha Pothapragada
- Caitlin Rochford Friedman
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 1C

High School Mini-Conference Session: Becoming an Undergraduate
The panelists will share their experiences as undergraduate students and give the attendees ideas on what to expect in the transition from high school to college and beyond.

- Clara Bernauer
​- Pauline Dredger
- Erica Pruett
Centennial Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
10:30-11:00 a.m. Morning Break Parlors
5th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2A

Role Models for the Next Generation of Scientists
Each generation builds upon the previous ones. These panelists will share the paths they took to their current positions, who inspired them along the way, and what they are doing to bring along the next generation, including members of the audience.

- Billie Lubis
- Carrie McGivern
- Angela Speck
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2B

Teaching Panel
Are you considering a career in science education? This panel will discuss teaching at the high school and collegiate levels.

- Andy Bricker
- Drew Overholt
- Lynett Rock
- Connie Wells
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:50 a.m. Concurrent Session 2C

High School Mini-Conference Workshop: Apply to College
Participants will learn what to include in their application materials and how to make their applications stand out for the purposes of both admissions and potential scholarship/honors opportunities.

- Lisa Wolf-Wendel
 
Centennial Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch Ballroom
5th Floor, Kansas Union
1:00-2:30 p.m. CUWiP National Keynote Address
Going far together - Advancing science and learning through collaboration
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”  This popular proverb — thought to have originated in Africa — emphasizes the strength of communities working together.  It also applies extremely well to scientific discovery and learning. Some discoveries in physics are made by individuals or small groups, but many major recent discoveries could only have been made through collaborations that bring together diverse strengths and skills.
In this presentation, I will use my own experience in large collaborations to illustrate the breadth of challenges and opportunities that modern “team science” provides. I will focus on one particular project — the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope — being built now by an international team of scientists and engineers to produce the deepest-ever census of the Universe, and the associated Dark Energy Science Collaboration that is preparing to use this trove of images to better understand the fundamental nature of the mysterious effect we call “dark energy”.  I will conclude by describing how students can contribute to modern team science, and how I incorporate “going far together” in my own teaching of physics. 
- Patricia Burchat, Stanford University
Woodruff Auditorium
5th Floor, Kansas Union
2:30-3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break Parlors
5th Floor, Kansas Union
2:30-4:00 p.m. Student Poster Session Set-Up Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3A

Undergraduate Research Panel
You don't need a Ph.D. to get involved in scientific research. Join our panel of current and recently former undergraduates as they discuss how they got into physics research and what it is like to contribute to the sum of human knowledge.

- Tia Camarillo
- Carin Gavin
- Eilish Gibson
- Christina Schoenrogge
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3B

​A Fork in the Road - Academia or Industry?
So you're thinking about choosing a career track, but don't know what path is for you? This panel shares the pros and cons of academia and industry jobs to help you decide.

- Robynn Andracsek
​- Steve Hawley
- Julianne Pollard-Larkin
- Laura Stiles
 
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
3:00-3:50 p.m. Concurrent Session 3C

STEP UP 4 Women - How You Can Help Change the Physics Community
While nearly one half of the students taking physics in high school are women, only a fifth of the students interested in physics majors in college are women. How can you help change this pattern? Learn more at stepup4women.org

- Rebecca Thompson
Centennial Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
4:00-5:30 p.m. Student Research Poster Session
(Refreshments will be next to Alderson Auditorium in the Crossroads Space)
Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union
5:30-6:00 p.m. Walk (two blocks) to The Oread Hotel  
6:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday Evening Banquet Hancock Room & Library
Main Floor, The Oread Hotel
7:00-8:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks - Joy Ward, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Plenary Talk
- Angela Olinto, University of Chicago
Hancock Room & Library
Main Floor, The Oread Hotel
8:00-10:00 p.m. Night Sky Observing
- KU Physics & Astronomy Staff and Students
The Nest on Ninth Rooftop Patio
The Oread Hotel
8:00-10:00 p.m. Table Games and Networking Hancock Room & Library
Main Floor, The Oread Hotel
9:45-11:00 p.m. Shuttles to SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites Lobby, The Oread Hotel

Sunday, January 14, 2018

6:30-8:00 a.m. Breakfast at Hotels SpringHill Suites
TownePlace Suites
7:30-8:30 a.m. Shuttles to Kansas Union SpringHill Suites
TownePlace Suites
8:30-9:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 4A

Home/School Balance
Physics and astronomy are challenging fields, requiring a lot of hard work and dedication. It can be a struggle to balance this hard work with your outside life. But it can be done, as our panelists can attest.

- Karen Camarda
Raiya Ebini
- Margaret Kelley
- Sarah LeGresley Rush
- Eleanor Sayre
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
8:30-9:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 4B

Workshop: Skills to Obtain Funding
You can be the best scientist int he world, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't have funding. Learn how to navigate this competitive environment to apply for and get funding for your research.

- Damon Talbott
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
8:30-9:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 4C

Workshop: Apply for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
REU programs are a great way to get involved in a wide variety of research projects at schools and research institutions all over the world. In this workshop, you'll learn how to spot the right REUs for you and how to create the best possible application.

- Phil Baringer
- Judy Wu
Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 5A

Promoting Inclusion
As much as we would like to think that science is a great democratizer, some groups are more welcome in the field than others. But there are things that you can do to make sure you contribute to a welcoming environment for everyone.

- Simone Hyater-Adams
​- Caitlin Rochford Friedman
- Kathy Rose-Mockry
- Elise Wantling
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 5B

Workshop: Skills to Obtain Funding
You can be the best scientist int he world, but that doesn't mean anything if you don't have funding. Learn how to navigate this competitive environment to apply for and get funding for your research.

- Damon Talbott
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
9:30-10:20 a.m. Concurrent Session 5C

Workshop: Apply for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
REU programs are a great way to get involved in a wide variety of research projects at schools and research institutions all over the world. In this workshop, you'll learn how to spot the right REUs for you and how to create the best possible application.

- Phil Baringer
- Judy Wu
Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union
10:30-11:00 a.m. Morning Break  Parlors
5th Floor, Kansas Union
11:00-11:30 a.m. Group Photo Southwest Steps
Outside 3rd Floor, Kansas Union
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Concurrent Session 6A

​PhD-Free Careers in Science
Do you love your undergraduate physics courses, but hate the idea of five to seven years in a Ph.D. program? Don't worry. This panel discusses other career avenues you can take with a physics degree. 

- Hanna Cosgrove
​- Nancy Donaldson
- Gina Enfranca
​- Kate Greene
Kansas Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Concurrent Session 6B

Mental Health and Coping with Life Changes
Even during the best of times, studying physics and astronomy can feel like an uphill battle. This challenge can feel even more insurmountable if you are also dealing with outside pressures. But, you're not alone.

- Linda Keeler
​- Sarah LeGresley Rush
- Angela Speck
- Mindy Townsend
Malott Room
6th Floor, Kansas Union

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Concurrent Session 6C

Workshop: Apply to Graduate School
So you want to go to graduate school. Applying is a daunting process. Each school has a different procedure and different requirements, but navigating the labyrinthine process is possible. These workshop leaders will show you how.

- Alice Bean
- Anna Paradis
Alderson Auditorium
4th Floor, Kansas Union
12:30-2:00 p.m. Science Cafe Lunch and Evaluations Big 12 & Jayhawk Rooms
5th Floor, Kansas Union

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