WISE@QMUL is back!

After more than eight months of inactivity, WISE@QMUL finally comes back to life with a new look and new members on board!

This week, 6th-8th March, 12-2 pm, we will be in the Library Square of Mile End campus promoting the society’s activities. Please come along to find out about our planned seminars and social events.

Our very first event is happening on 22nd March, 4-6 pm at Room 3.20, Arts Two. For more details, see the flyer below:

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23rd Feb 2011: Joint outing to Science Museum

WISE@QMUL and the QMUL IEEE Student Branch are holding a joint event and are going to the Science Museum Late this Wednesday, 23rd February 2011.

The theme of this month’s Science Museum Late is “The Science of Happiness”. You can select a variety of events including Silent Disco, Cockroach Tour, Launchpad gallery etc. For further details, please visit the Science Museum website. There will also an optional social event afterwards if you want to hang out with people after the visit.

The IEEE Student Branch will pay for your trip expense (up to £5) if you become a IEEE student member (between 14th and 22nd February) and go for this visit. If you wonder what you can benefit you can by becoming a member, you can check their website for a detailed explanation.

We will head to the Science Museum at about 6 pm on 23rd February. Email peggie.zhang [at] ieee.org or xian.zhang [at] eecs.qmul.ac.uk to register.

December Coffee Hotspot in SCR

WISE@QMUL will have its second coffee hotspot at 3 pm on 1st December 2010 in the SCR in the Queens Building. Come along to meet other researchers in science and engineering at QMUL. It’s also a chance to get involved with running of the society and give your input on upcoming events.

19th May 2010: Coffee with Prof Dame Julia Higgins

Tired of marking exam scripts? Writing up getting you down? Summer is finally arriving, but you’re stuck in the lab?

Take a break with WISE@QMUL. We are incredibly proud to announce that Prof Dame Julia Higgins is going to join us for “a coffee and a chat” this Wednesday at 16:30 in the Hub.

Being a very successful scientist and named by the Guardian as a “Grand Dame of Science”, Dame Julia will guide us through what choices determined her career and success. She is a very good speaker and has increasingly rare views on how to succeed in science:

“I’ve made it absolutely clear that I’ve got a personal life, I want to be with my partner, and that’s good for my brain.” – Guardian, April 2009

Prof Dame Julia Higgins was the Principal of the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College and the Foreign Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society until 2006/2007. She has been made DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2000 and Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the Government of France in 2004. Her list of honours and awards is extremely vast and involves positions such as National Gallery (as a trustee), membership of the Chemistry panel for the 2000 Research Assessment Exercise, as well as countless advisory panels and journal editorial boards. She was also chair of the Athena Project and a champion of women in science and engineering. Her research explores boundaries between engineering and materials chemistry and mainly focuses on the study of polymeric mixtures through neutron scattering techniques.

Everyone is welcome. Coffee, tea, and nibbles are on us!

To read more about Dame Julia Higgins, see Ingenia and the Guardian.

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.

Women need up to 20 times more publications

According to a study cited by the New York Times on Sunday, female postdocs may need to publish 3 more articles in prestigious journals or 20 more papers in less-known publications than their male peers to be considered equally as productive. Even as more women earn doctorates, they are still not proportionally represented in faculties a decade later.

NY Times Article
Study by the AAUW