On March 13, the evening before Pi Day of 2014, UWIP hosted a talk by Professor John Eggers- an engaging, energetic math professor at UCSD. He gave a presentation on planimeters, which are compass-like devices used to prove Green’s theorem. Attendees got the opportunity to use some of the planimeters from professor Eggers’ personal collection on maps of various states. They measured the area of the state by tracing the border of it with a planimeter and reading off the area approximation on the device. Afterwards, UWIP served delicious pies from Julian Pie Company to make it a true Pi Day event!
The event will begin with a short presentation on the recent history of women in physical sciences. A panel of undergrads, grads, alumni, and professors will speak about their personal experiences and what they think are the most important steps to get more women into physical sciences.Then there will be dialogue with the attendees, splitting into small groups focusing on how we can use education, actions, mindset, and policy to increase the representation and contributions of women in physical sciences.
Expanding Your Horizons is an annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering. Participants attend talks, participate in hands-on workshops, and meet with women scientists and engineers. Group activities are designed to introduce the participants to other like-minded girls who are considering careers in science. Debby Tran and Melisa Tallis served as mentors at this year’s conference.
Link to Conference: http://www.eyhsandiego.org/index.htm