Beatrice Tinsley Lecture Pre-Session: Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, “A Conversation with Donna Strickland”

Event time: 
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Event description: 

Join us for a Q&A with Donna Strickland a Nobel Laureate and Physics Professor at the University of Waterloo.
At the Saturday Pre-Session, we will be watching Professor Strickland’s Nobel Lecture, which is a 30-minute talk available online. We strongly encourage all of you to either attend the Pre-Session, or to watch the talk on your own time. (Note: the pre-session will be a more casual get-together for people in Yale Physics; the actual call that Donna will be on is the Q&A, on 9/30).
In preparation for the Q&A, we are also collecting Questions for Prof. Strickland! We’d like to get a good list of questions before the session so that we can structure the time a bit better. We will be accepting questions until Sunday (9/27) evening. Afterwards, we’ll review the questions and share the tentative outline with all of you, based on the selected questions.
Our goal is have a fun, casual, and interactive conversation — so please don’t hesitate about submitting questions! They can be academic (related to Prof. Strickland’s research) or more personal (e.g. her life and journey in physics)! Though we’ll also have opportunities for spontaneous / follow-up questions on the day, we would like you for you all to submit most questions beforehand. We also encourage you all read a bit about her work, and to start off you can check out:
(1) a visual chronology of Prof. Strickland’s life/work from the Nobel website (,
(2) this fun video (“Physicist Explains Lasers in 5 Levels of Difficulty”) from WIRED Magazine (
Pre-Session: September 26, 2020 at 2:00pm
Q&A Event: September 30, 2020 at 4:30pm
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Talk sponsored by the Yale Society of Physics Students, Women in Physics, and the Astronomy Department