Women in Science 2009

Twenty-two UCSD women faculty in the physical sciences and engineering are profiled in an exhibit at the Science & Engineering Library celebrating Women’s History Month. From elementary particle theory to earthquake engineering, from cognitive science to cyberinfrastructure, the research interests of these women cover a wide and diverse range of endeavors. But a common thread running through many of their personal statements is a passion for what they do. Some were inspired to follow their dreams at a very young age – one CSE professor wrote her first computer game in 7th grade. Another followed in her father’s footsteps and became an engineer. Another one is passionate about positively impacting the world around her. One even wrote a chemistry fairy tale for kids. All have found fascination in science, math, or engineering.

Read the profiles of these inspirational women below.

Kim Baldridge, SDSC
Fran Berman, SDSC, CSE

Karen L. Christman, Bioengineering

Alison Coil Alison Coil, Physics
desa Virginia De Sa, Cognitive Science Ferrante Jeanne Ferrante, CSE
Marye Anne Fox Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor
Jenkins Elizabeth Jenkins, Physics
kim Judy Kim, Chemistry & Biochemistry Kutas Marta Kutas, Cognitive Science
Mandler Jean M. Mandler, Cognitive Science Marsden Alison Marsden, MAE
Susan Marx Susan Marx, CSE rothschild Linda Rothschild, Mathematics
Simunic Tajana Simunic Rosing, CSE Simon Beth Simon, CSE
Sung Lanping Amy Sung, Bioengineering Talbot Jan Talbot, Nanoengineering
Taylor Susan Serota Taylor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Lelli Van Den Einde Lelli Van Den Einde, Structural Engineering
Williams Ruth Williams, Mathematics Xu Ronghui (Lily) Xu, Mathematics, and Family and Preventive Medicine


Favorite quotes:

“If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life”. Despite the pressures and challenges of being an assistant professor at a top research university, I feel honored and fortunate to be able to do exactly what I want to do – cutting edge chemistry research and teaching. My advice to all young people: Follow your passions."

- Judy Kim, Asst. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry