15th Oct 2013: Ada Lovelace Day Live

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

Inspired by Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron (and arguably the first computer programmer, born more than 100 years before the computer was invented) our regular live event is hosted this year by Imperial College London and features a stellar line up. With live demos, biomedical wonders, neuroscience, inspiration, laughter and song, Ada Lovelace Day Live is an event not to be missed!

Performers will include:

  • Fran Scott, a science communicator who designs demos for CBBC, live stage shows and the Science Museum
  • Prof Molly Stevens, a leading bioengineer from Imperial College London whose work includes growing human bones in the lab
  • Hazel Gibson, a geologist studying how geological processes affect our lives, and who is out to prove that women and geology is a combination that rocks!
  • Chi Onwurah, engineer, MP for Newcastle, and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister with responsibility for cybersecurity
  • Leila Johnston, a comedy writer, technologist, maker and broadcaster who encourages us to do things we’re not supposed to!
  • Prof Sophie Scott, a cognitive neuroscientist and standup scientist who studies laughter, from brain scanners to comedy clubs
  • Dr Bernadette Byrne, a molecular membrane biology researcher at Imperial College London, who is exploring the science of our own cells
  • Plus more names to be announced

The evening will be compèred by comedian and geek songstress Helen Arney, who has pledged to use her physics degree and ukulele only for good. After all, with great power comes great responsibility.

The evening starts at 6 pm with a reception, including cash bar and entertainment. The main performance begins at 7 pm and there will be an after-party from around 9:30 pm.

Try your hand at table-top experiments performed by Imperial’s very own science buskers during the reception and interval, or browse the books on sale. Also on display will be a series of photographic portraits from the
100 Women 100 Visions exhibit, celebrating women scientists and engineers from all academic levels at Imperial College London.

Tickets start at £5 for concessions, £15 for general entry, or just £10 if you use discount code “friendofALD”. More details available from http://ald13.eventbrite.co.uk/

This event is part of a network of events across the globe, from personal blog posts about women in STEM to Wikipedia edit-a-thons to Ada Lovelace-themed tea parties and conferences. For more about Ada Lovelace Day
go to http://findingada.com.

22nd Apr 2010: Double-blind review and representation of female authors

The WISE@QMUL April Event will be the first of our lunchtime seminars. Come along and let WISE@QMUL buy you lunch! You are also welcome to bring along your own. Lunch will be catered by the Pantry. Due to limited space, registration is required. E-mail wiseqmul [at] googlemail.com to book your slot.

12:30 pm Thursday, 22nd April 2013 in the Hub

Single-blind reviewing never reveals the reviewers’ identity to theauthors, in order to protect reviewers from author retribution. All the conference, journal, and grant processes use at least single-blind reviewing. Some also use double-blind reviewing. In addition to not revealing reviewer identities, the authors’ identities are not known to the reviewers, for most of the double-blind reviewing process. The purpose of double-blind reviewing is to focus the evaluation process on the quality of the submission by reducing human biases with respect to the authors’ reputation, gender, and institution, by not revealing those details.

Nobuko Yoshida from the Department of Computing at Imperial College London will introduce the two papers which discuss an effect of double-blind review and other review methods for improving the publication quality and gaining representation of female authors.

Editorial: Improving Publication Quality by Reducing Bias with
Double-Blind Reviewing and Author Response

Double-blind review favours increased representation of female authors

Nobuko Yoshida is Reader in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and was an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow. She received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Keio University in Japan. She then moved to the U.K., and started her life as a “mobile” researcher. She first studied concurrency theory in Manchester as a PhD student split between the University of Manchester and Keio University. She then moved to the University of Edinburgh to learn Game Semantics. After obtaining her PhD, Nobuko took a research assistant position in Sussex to study distributed mobile processes. Next she moved to the University of Leicester to take a lectureship. In 2002, she finally settled at Imperial College London as a lecturer.

Nobuko has been studying concurrency theory, type theory, logic, security, information flow analysis, functional and object-oriented programming. She is actively working on Web Services, business and finance protocols with industry collaborators.