Special Events

Women in Engineering (WIE) Luncheon

Date: Thursday 5 November 2020
Time: 12:30-14:00h EST
Room: Marina Ballroom 1

The 2020 WIE luncheon will take place on Thursday the 5th of November.

This year we will have an exceptional speaker, the planetary scientist Dr. Nina Lanza, who will talk about her experience as a scientist, her engagement in public understanding of science and in women in STEM.

Dr. Nina Lanza is the Team Lead for Space and Planetary Exploration at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is on the science teams for the ChemCam instrument on the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) rover and the SuperCam instrument on the upcoming NASA Mars 2020 rover.

Dr. Lanza started at Los Alamos as a post-baccalaureate student and continued at the laboratory as a graduate student and postdoc before becoming staff in 2014. Her current research focuses on understanding the origin and nature of manganese minerals on Mars and how they may be indicators of past and present life. She is also a regular contributor on the television series How the Universe Works (The Science Channel). Dr. Lanza was educated at Smith College (AB), Wesleyan University (MA), and the University of New Mexico (PhD).






Young Professionals (YP) Webinar – Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers

Date: – Wednesday, November 4th 2020
Time: – 12:10 – 13:30
Location: – Virtual

This year’s Young Professionals Event will take place on Thursday, November 5th. We are excited to have three senior members from the NSS/MIC community to talk about “Writing and reviewing scientific papers”.

Dr. Margaret Daube-Witherspoon received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently is a Senior Research Investigator in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on quantitative PET imaging, most recently with the long axial field-of-view PennPET Explorer scanner. She served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science until 2016, and currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, and IEEE Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences.

Dr. Paul Dressendorfer earned his MS, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale University.  He then joined Sandia National Laboratories where his research initially focused on elucidating the basic mechanisms of radiation damage effects in CMOS devices and on developing technologies to improve the radiation tolerance of microelectronic devices.  These efforts enabled the successful completion of programs such as the Galileo spacecraft mission to Jupiter and the Milstar satellite communication system.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the IEEE NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award and of the IEEE Millennium Medal.  He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science for 25 years, and is currently the Publications Chair for the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

Dr. Vesna Sossi received her Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from the University of British Columbia, and currently is a Faculty member in the Physics and Astronomy Department at UBC where she also leads the PET imaging group. She has served as Associate Editor and Senior Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences. She has also been attending the IEEE MIC meetings since 1993, and was MIC Program chair in 2012 and as General Chair for the NSS/MIC conferences in 2015 and 2023. Additionally, she has also served on the Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences Council (NMISC), and NPSS Administrative Committee (AdCom).

Join us for an hour-long webinar, and do not forget to bring your questions!