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Perspectives: Conversations with Alumni

Starting Fall 2021, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School Alumni Asscociation launched a series called Perspectives: Conversations with Alumni, meant to bridge the Graduate School alumni and student communities, sharing alumni experiences and insights as both models for success and opening opportunities for alumni and students to connect.

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October 27, 2021 session featuring Charles D. Brown II Ph.D. '19 (Physics)

Charles D. Brown II earned his B.S. with honors in physics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Under the guidance of Professor Jack Harris, he then earned his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University, where he performed experiments with superfluid-helium-filled optical cavities and constructed and characterized a new experiment for studying magnetically levitated drops of superfluid helium in vacuum. Charles is currently a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ultracold Atomic Physics Group in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, directed by Professor Dan Stamper-Kurn, where he performs experiments with ultracold atoms in various optical lattice geometries. Outside of the lab, Charles is co-founder and co-lead organizer of #BlackinPhysics week, a week dedicated to celebrating the historical contributions of Black physicists and to painting a more complete picture of what physicists look like. Further, he recently wrote a piece for Physics Today about Black underrepresentation in physics, which has been widely read and continues to spark important conversations regarding changes in the physics community that are necessary to improve climate.

December 1, 2021 featuring Lyndsey McMillon-Brown '19 Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering)

Lyndsey McMillon-Brown is research electrical engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center where she focuses on solar cell materials development.  She is currently the principal investigator of a $2.5M Early Career Initiative developing a new class of solar cells that can be manufactured in space and on the moon. Prior to joining NASA, Lyndsey earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Yale University in 2019 where she researched novel materials and nano-patterns for advanced light trapping in solar cells. Lyndsey earned her bachelor’s in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Miami University in Ohio in 2013. Outside of the lab, Lyndsey is dedicated to increasing opportunities for underrepresented individuals in STEM fields. As an alumna, she challenges her institutions to facilitate cultural changes that provide more inclusive environments for their students. She recently published a comment in Nature Energy about an event she founded at an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conference to support marginalized researchers, she also recommends actions that organizations should take to make the research space inclusive.

Feel free to read a newly published comment in Nature Energy on November 3, 2021.

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March 16, 2022 featuring Elizabeth Breese '12 (Sociology)

Liz Breese is Vice President of Marketing at Panorama Education, a company focused on improving K-12 education for every student. As VP of Marketing, Liz leads content and brand, demand generation, product marketing, and communications. At Panorama Education, Liz has led the go-to-market strategy for products supporting students' and adults' social-emotional learning.  At Yale, Liz was an active member in the Center for Cultural Sociology. Liz's academic work focuses on the social meaning of celebrity, journalism, and the public sphere. Her academic work has been published in journals including Communication Theory, Cultural Sociology, and Society. Together with Jeffrey Alexander and Maria Luengo, Liz is editor of The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered: Democratic Culture, Professional Codes, Digital Future (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

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