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Director’s Women in Science Series: Nicola Spaldin – December 19, 2019

Nicola Spaldin will be the speaker for the Director’s Women in Science Series on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. in the third-floor conference room in Bldg. 91 (the new Integrative Genomics Bldg.). The event will also be livestreamed, so we hope you can join in person or online! Online:

Dr. Spaldin is Professor of Materials Theory in the Department of Materials at ETH Zurich. She is best known for her work developing the class of materials known as multiferroics, for which she received the American Physical Society’s McGroddy Prize, the Koerber European Science Prize, the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science award and the Swiss Science Prize Marcel-Benoist among many others. She is a passionate science educator, coordinator of the curriculum development project “The Materials Scientist 2030, Who is She?”, and holder of the ETH Golden Owl Award for excellence in teaching. When not trying to make a room-temperature superconductor, she can be found playing her clarinet, or skiing or climbing in the Alps.

She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where she obtained a B.A. in Natural Sciences in 1991. She then moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in Chemistry in 1996. She next worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Applied Physics Department at Yale University, before moving back to California, where she was Assistant Professor (1997-2002), Associate Professor (2002-2006) then Full Professor (2006 – 2010) in UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Department. She moved to ETH in 2011.

Spaldin has been a visiting professor at several institutions: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India (2000), Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University, UK (2003), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA (2007) and the Materials Theory Division at Uppsala University (2010).

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Time: 10 – 11 am

Location: Building 91, Third floor conference room