UC, San Diego was one of nine schools to host students for the 11th annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP). I participated in the banquet panel to address topics on women in STEM fields. Also on the panel was Dr. Karen Flammer, one of my mentors when I was an undergraduate Physics student at UCSD back in the day. Karen was a close friend and colleague of Sally Ride, and together they developed the KidSat project (now called EarthCam) which consisted of a camera on the space shuttle (now ISS) that photographed features on Earth from space for educational projects. It was educational for both UCSD college students to oversee mission operations and for middle school students across the country who developed projects based on the images of Earth. I worked on KidSat for two space shuttle missions as ‘Orbit Propagator’ where I mapped out space shuttle orbits for the middle schools so that they could plan what photographs to take. I left UCSD for graduate school in 1997 and hadn’t been back since, despite having family that lives ten minutes away. It was great honor for me to be on this panel with Karen and hearing the experiences of the other panelists. The students were all so bright and ambitious, and UCSD offered to comp their application fees for anyone that applied to their graduate programs!
Here are some other pics from the conference.