Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast
Speaker: Dr. Catherine L Fiore
Head, Office of Environment Safety and Health at MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC)
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Research Scientist, Alcator Project
Talk Presentation: Strengthening the Role of Women in the Physical Sciences: Lessons from the experience of the Women in the APS
Dr Fiore drew on the long experience of the women in the APS, including the 2007 APS Gender Equity Conference – Strengthening the Physics Enterprise in Universities and National Laboratories. By sharing experience gained through the conference, Dr. Fiore provided some insights into how to effect change in the environment for women in science. The full conference report is available here.
Dr. Catherine Fiore is a former chair of the American Physical Society's Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. In 2007, Dr. Fiore was an organizer of a DOE and NSF-sponsored conference on gender equity for women in physics. Dr. Fiore shared her experience and insights into how to effect change in the environment for women in science.
Dr. Fiore is a research scientist at the MIT Plasma Science & Fusion Center (PFC), where she heads the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The PFC is the world’s highest magnetic field tokamak plasma confinement experiment. Her research is in the areas of internal transport barrier production and control.
Dr. Catherine Fiore received her PhD in Plasma Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in August of 1980 after completing her thesis work developing a heavy ion beam as plasma diagnostic for measurement of the internal electric field in a tokamak plasma. She immediately joined the newly formed Plasma Fusion Center at MIT as a staff research scientist in the Alcator tokamak program, specializing in ion temperature diagnostics. Her work has continued into the third tokamak in the Alcator series, C-Mod where she specializes in nuclear source measurements and plasma transport studies. In addition to her ongoing research responsibilities, since 1991 she has managed the environmental, safety and health program for the Plasma Science and Fusion Center.
Dr. Fiore has been active in women in science/physics issues for many years. She led the Boston Chapter of AWIS for several years in the early 1980s, and served as co-chair of the national AWIS affirmative action committee until 1992. She has been a member of the APS-DPP Weimer award committee since 2005, serving as vice-chair in 2005 and chair in 2008. She joined CSWP in 2006, and chaired the committee in 2008. She has worked as a steering committee member for the CSWP Gender Equity Project since 2006, and became the project PI in 2008. Catherine is also active in Girl Scouting in Lexington, MA where she recently coached an FLL Robotics team of area Girl Scouts.