Name: Elizabeth F. McCormack
Present Position: Associate Professor of Physics
Organization: Bryn Mawr College
Address: Physics Dept
Bryn Mawr College
101 Merion Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Chapter Affiliation: Bryn Mawr College
Sigma Xi and Other Activities: Member, Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Committee, Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society, 2002-; Member, Cluster II Planning Committee, Project Kaleidoscope 2002 Summer Institute, Building Undergraduate Physics Programs for the 21st Century, Williamsburg Virginia, June 2-5, 2002; Member, Project Kaleidoscope 2002 Roundtable on the Future: Assessment in the Service of Student learning, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, March 1-3, 2002; Member, Keck Foundation and Project Kaleidoscope Consultancy Team to evaluate non-majors science teaching at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, April 5-8, 2001; Director, HHMI Summer Institute, Science as Exploration: Developing Inquiry Based Methods, Bryn Mawr College, July 9-20, 2001; Member, Steering Committee for the Industrial Physics Forum: Academia-Industrial Outreach Workshop, 2000; Member, Project Kaleidoscope 2000 Change Agents Roundtable, Washington, D.C. March 3-5, 2000; Member, Program Committee, Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society, 1999-; Session Facilitator, ""Innovations in Introductory Physics Courses," Project Kaleidoscope's 10th Anniversary: Celebrating and Anticipating a Decade of Reform, Washington, D.C., October, 1999; President, Bryn Mawr Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, February 1997-; Member of: American Physical Society, Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Division of Laser Science; Sigma Xi; Association for Women in Science; American Association of Physics Teachers; Faculty 21 Member of Project Kaleidoscope.
Biographical Information: Elizabeth F. McCormack received her bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College in 1983 and her Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University in 1989. Thereafter, she joined the Laser Photophysics and Photochemistry group at Argonne National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 1990 she was awarded an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1991 she became a Staff Physicist and worked for another four years at Argonne. In 1995 she left Argonne to join the faculty at Bryn Mawr College. There, she initiated a new research program in molecular physics with funding from a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the NSF. In 2001 she was promoted with tenure to the associate rank. While at Bryn Mawr College she has been a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Fellow at the University of Paris XI (Orsay, France) and an ERCOFTAC Guest Scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. She has served as a physics curriculum consultant to Effat College, a new college for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her research uses techniques in laser spectroscopy to study fundamental characteristics and excited state decay dynamics of small molecules. Her current work emphasizes applying two-color, four-wave mixing in both the frequency and time domains to obtain structural and dynamical information on excited states. She has published ~24 refereed journal articles, made ~42 conference presentations, and ~35 invited talks.
Name: Joanne L. Murray
Present Position: Scientific Associate
Organization: Alcoa Technical Center, Alcoa Inc.
Address: Alcoa Technical Center
100 Technical Drive
Alcoa Center, PA 15069
Chapter Affiliation: Alcoa Chapter
Candidate's Statement: At a time when much scientific research is driven by the marketplace, our interdisciplinary projects, interests and networks can keep alive our
feeling that science is not just a job, but a vocation. Fostering interdisciplinary networks is a primary mission of Sigma Xi. Another is communicating with the community at large, for example providing non-scientists with the intellectual tools and information to make informed decisions in their personal lives and in their communities. As member of
the nominations committee, I would seek candidates who have strong commitments to these two ideals, and who have the wide interdisciplinary networks needed to carry out programs that support these missions.
Sigma Xi and Other Activities: Current president of the Alcoa Sigma Xi chapter. Founder and current leader of the Alcoa Technical Center Women's network.
Biographical Information: My present position is Scientific Associate at Alcoa Technical Center, where I have worked for 16 years; my area is Computational Materials Science. Previously I worked in the area of alloy phase diagrams in the Metallurgy
Division at National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST). My education is in physics (MS and PhD from University of Maryland) and liberal arts (St. John's College, Annapolis, MD.).
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