Giant aspirations and inspiration for STEM care

Giant aspirations and inspiration for STEM care
Giant aspirations and inspiration for STEM care

symbol: L to R the Diamond Mild Supply Panel : Dr Chidinma Okolo – Beamline Scientist at B24; Molly Pekarik Fry – Internet and Virtual Content material Supervisor, Sarah Macdonell – Head of Beamline Programs Engineering; Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke – Head of Affect, Communications and Engagement; Dr Lorraine Bobb – Head of Diagnostics Crew; Dr Lucy Saunders – Beamline Scientist at I11
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Within the lead as much as Global Girls’s Day (eighth March), the United Kingdom’s nationwide synchrotron (Diamond Mild Supply) will host a workshop on the prestigious AAAS science convention in Washington DC to polish a mild on profession pathways in world-changing science. A panel of 4 girls from Diamond will cope with how their paintings throughout science and engineering is helping to handle twenty first century demanding situations – together with power analysis, pandemic preparedness, and extra – and proportion their skilled trips. 

The workshop is basically aimed toward Early Profession Science, Era, Engineering and Arithmetic (STEM) pros and graduate scholars, however the profession pathways the audio system constitute talk to all ranges of activity alternative. The 4 STEM panellists every contributes to Diamond’s analysis targets and they are going to display how their profession trail has led them to be actual brokers of exchange within the science group. Moreover, this all-female panel will discuss range in STEM. This is a chance for attendees to have interaction with the following era of science leaders. 

The workshop panel will characteristic Dr Lorraine Bobb – Head of Diagnostics Crew; Sarah Macdonell – Head of Beamline Programs Engineering; Dr Chidinma Okolo – Beamline Scientist at B24 and Dr Lucy Saunders – Beamline Scientist at I11. It’ll be chaired by means of Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke – Head of Affect, Communications and Engagement, with an interactive Q&A consultation facilitated by means of Molly Pekarik Fry – Internet and Virtual Content material Supervisor. (Brief biographies underneath) 

On the workshop, Diamond Mild Supply will even unveil main plans for recruitment as a part of our long term Diamond-II improve programme, stressing our dedication to Equality, Variety and Inclusion (EDI) via a brand new option to assist draw in extra range amongst candidates. 

We are hoping you are going to imagine becoming a member of this consultation and if you need to fulfill all or any of them upfront or following the workshop, we might be happy to prepare this.  

Variety and Inclusion at Diamond: 

Diamond endeavours to supply a collaborative, inclusive atmosphere wherein workers can be triumphant. As one of the crucial complex medical amenities on the earth, its pioneering features imply it recruits workers from all over the world who possess a various vary of abilities. In April 2021 it had 42 other nationalities and 596 males, and 175 girls hired at Diamond leading to girls making up slightly below 23% of its staff. To place this in context girls make up 24% of STEM workers in the United Kingdom (WISE – kingdom/resources-for-action/ statistics), with additional research from Engineering UK (June 2021) highlighting that best 14.5% of other folks running in engineering are feminine. 

As a part of this Diamond has set itself 4 new streams of actions round equality, range and inclusion: Going for Gold, Benchmarking for excellence, the usage of knowledge for exchange and Widening participation. Diamond’s ambition is to ‘opt for gold’ the place it’s in a position, like its dedication to the Armed Forces Covenant and safe an bold standing as Incapacity Assured Chief; it additionally needs to safe Silver for the Athena Swan Constitution – the worldwide framework to reinforce and grow to be gender equality inside of upper training (HE) and analysis, and in a similar fashion in Interact Watermark in reputation of its transparent dedication to public engagement and widening participation of its audiences. 

Diamond has already accomplished the HR Excellence in Analysis Award, demonstrating a long-term dedication to the profession construction of its researchers along an bold motion plan to reinforce and beef up its ongoing commitments to profession construction and variety. Its affect shall be felt in key spaces such because the recruitment, construction and retention of group of workers and can assist to develop the United Kingdom’s pool of medical ability. Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke feedback that Diamond’s purpose is: “To be embracing range making everybody running and interacting with us really feel valued irrespective of gender, contract kind or activity position. We are dedicated to making sure that each one the ones running and interacting at Diamond to find it a a wealthy, certain and stress-free revel in and that the abilities and experience they achieve with us nurtures them to succeed in their complete attainable.” 

Workshop AAAS hyperlink: 

Chair: Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke – Head of Affect, Communications & Engagement 

Presenter: Molly Pekarik-Fry – Internet & Virtual Content material Supervisor  

For additional data please touch Diamond Communications: Lorna Campbell +44 7836 625999 or Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke +44 1235 778130   Diamond Mild Supply: kingdom  Twitter: @DiamondLightSou  

Speaker Bios:  

Lorraine Bobb – Head of Diagnostics Crew

Lorraine discovered her pastime within the box of Beam Diagnostics, and these days serves Diamond as Head of Diagnostics workforce, main the operation of current diagnostics and comments techniques in addition to creating new cutting-edge instrumentation. She finished her undergraduate MSci Physics level at Royal Holloway, College of London (RHUL), and to achieve a greater working out on profession trail probabilities within the box, she undertook a summer season pupil placement inside the Diagnostics workforce at Diamond. After completing her level, Lorraine went directly to do a PhD at RHUL in beam diagnostics the place she labored at CERN in Switzerland for three years (particularly all the way through the Higgs discovery) and undertook shifts with beam to check her new diagnostic prototype on the Cornell Electron Garage Ring, USA. Now as Head of the Diagnostics Crew Lorraine leads a crew of physicists, engineers, technicians and apprentices, who supply tools which are successfully the ‘eyes and ears’ of the Diamond system. They design, construct, handle and regularly support numerous instrumentation at the accelerators and beamlines to make sure the supply of fine quality beams for our medical consumer group and their beamline experiments. With those tools Diamond measures parameters of the electron and photon beams corresponding to place, dimension, bunch duration, rate and plenty of extra. In addition they put in force comments techniques to permit us to regulate those parameters. 

Sarah Macdonell – Head of Beamline Programs Engineering Crew  

Sarah Macdonell serves as Diamond’s Head of Beamline Programs Engineering Crew Supervisor, the place she manages a multi-disciplined beamline techniques engineering crew, enabling them to push the bounds of technical chance to support Diamond’s supply of global category science. Sarah finished her Bachelor’s level in Mechanical engineer at Loughborough College in 2002, adopted by means of finishing her Grasp’s level in Mechatronics in 2003. Extra lately Sarah has undertaken a Senior Leaders Grasp’s Level Apprenticeship and has due to this fact received an MBA in Management Follow. Previous to becoming a member of Diamond Sarah labored for over 9 years at Malvern Tools, a world producer and provider of laboratory analytical tools, notable for his or her paintings within the development of particle sizing era. Sarah led the advance and upkeep of the corporate Mechanical Engineering Option to support and increase the self-discipline of mechanical engineering around the trade. Sarah joined Diamond in July 2017 at Head of Beamline Programs Engineering and has broader accountability for high quality and useful resource control around the engineering workforce. Sarah performed an energetic position in Diamond’s first ever synchrotron faculty again in 2018 for engineers, highlighting how elementary in addition to cutting edge engineering is important to the a hit science performed in synchrotrons. The college’s purpose used to be to provide those engineers a just right perception and grounding into most of the specialist technical problems that stand up when designing, construction and checking out techniques for gentle supply amenities.  

Chidinma Okolo – Beamline Scientist B24  

Chidinma Okolo these days serves as Beamline Scientist on Diamond’s B24 beamline, which specialises in correlative cryo-imaging. Beamline B24 gives 3-D imaging with cushy X-ray tomography (cryoSXT) complemented by means of tremendous answer fluorescence structured illumination microscopy (cryoSIM). She graduated from the College of Nigeria, Nsukka, with a Bachelor of Science level in Zoology (2011) and a Grasp of Science level in Zoology (with specialization in Body structure) (2015). Chidinma labored for three years as an Assistant Lecturer on the College of Nigeria, Nsukka, earlier than continuing to New Zealand for her doctoral coaching. She finished her doctoral coaching on the College of Otago, New Zealand and used to be awarded her PhD in December 2019. Her thesis expanded current wisdom at the implications of post-translational adjustments at the diabetic center, with center of attention at the cardiac ryanodine receptor. Thereafter, she discovered herself extremely within the organisation of the mobile ultrastructure based on organic or exterior stressors. Chidinma joined the crew at beamline B24 in 2019, the place she makes use of correlative gentle and X-ray microscopy to review structural adjustments inside the mobile panorama with time. Her number one position is to make use of her array of data and technical abilities to pressure software construction, disseminate wisdom amassed from in-house and collaborative analysis in addition to offering reinforce to educational and commercial customers on the beamline. 

 Lucy Saunders – Beamline Scientist I11  

Lucy did her PhD in Structural Chemistry on the College of Bathtub which used to be collectively funded by means of Diamond, and these days serves as a Beamline Scientist at the I11 beamline at Diamond Mild Supply, specialising in chemical crystallography of microcrystalline powders. Sooner than becoming a member of I11, Lucy used to be a Put up-Doctoral Analysis Affiliate (PDRA) on beamline I19 at Diamond, with a focal point on unmarried crystal samples. Lucy has constructed up a few years’ revel in in diffraction at each neutron and synchrotron resources. Her position comes to making ready the beamline for consumer experiments and all the way through an experiment she supplies reinforce and recommendation to the scientists to assist them get the most efficient imaginable effects from their beamtime. The position additionally offers the chance to paintings on in-house analysis initiatives corresponding to the advance of recent and present pattern environments in addition to to construct on her personal analysis spaces. Her analysis makes a speciality of exploring proton switch behaviour in multi element molecular crystals. She makes use of a mix of strategies to do that together with diffraction, spectroscopy and computational research. In some circumstances, proton switch is coupled with a structural section transition which might also result in adjustments in subject material houses. 

Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke – Head of Affect, Communications & Engagement 

Isabelle is a strategist with over 25 years’ revel in in main science communications, in addition to engagement actions inside of complicated medical organisations. Isabelle has labored for Diamond Mild Supply since 2003 and has embedded a powerful programme of engagement actions on the center of the power. The power welcomes some 7,000 guests annually, permitting direct get admission to to one of the vital most provoking scientists, engineers, skilled group of workers and researchers on the earth. As a sociologist by means of educational background, she is a co-author together with Technopolis for the socio-economic affect find out about the place she helped design new methodologies for the evaluate of key efficiency signs. She is on the helm of 3 key purposes for Diamond – Affect, Company Communications and Engagement. With a consumer group of over 16,000 researchers, she’s overseen sturdy engagement programmes from the coed programme to the supply of medical occasions. Previous to becoming a member of Diamond, Isabelle held a identical place on the Nationwide Bodily Laboratory (NPL) , the place she additionally acted as a specialist to the United Kingdom Govt’s Small Industry Carrier (SBS). 

Molly Pekarik-Fry – Internet & Virtual Content material Supervisor  

Molly serves Diamond as Internet & Virtual Content material Supervisor and is an skilled science and company communications skilled, with a historical past of bettering multi-channel virtual answers for era and analysis amenities.  Diamond’s virtual communications technique connects our world-changing science facility with 1000’s of researchers and customers, STEM pros, and scholars, day-to-day via a programme of agile internet design and virtual UX, and social media group construction. With over a decade of company communications revel in, Molly has helped ship virtual outreach for companions corresponding to Microsoft, Google, LG Electronics, Casio Projectors, and extra. 

Diamond Mild Supply supplies commercial and educational consumer communities with get admission to to cutting-edge analytical equipment to allow world-changing science. Formed like an enormous ring, it really works like an enormous microscope, accelerating electrons to close gentle speeds, to supply a mild 10 billion occasions brighter than the Solar, which is then directed off into 33 laboratories referred to as ‘beamlines’. Along with those, Diamond gives get admission to to a number of built-in laboratories together with the world-class Electron Bio-imaging Centre (eBIC) and the Electron Bodily Science Imaging Centre (ePSIC).    

Diamond serves as an agent of exchange, addressing twenty first century demanding situations corresponding to illness, blank power, meals safety and extra. Since operations began, greater than 16,000 researchers from each academia and business have used Diamond to habits experiments, with the reinforce of roughly 760 world-class group of workers. Virtually 12,000 medical articles were printed by means of our customers and scientists.    

Funded by means of the United Kingdom Govt during the Science and Era Amenities Council (STFC), and by means of the Wellcome Accept as true with, Diamond is likely one of the maximum complex medical amenities on the earth, and its pioneering features are serving to to stay the United Kingdom at the leading edge of medical analysis.    

Diamond used to be set-up as an unbiased no longer for benefit corporate via a three way partnership, between the UKRI’s Science and Era Amenities Council and one of the most global’s biggest biomedical charities, the Wellcome Accept as true with – every respectively proudly owning 86% and 14% of the shareholding.    



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