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UC San Diego Welcomes Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland

Dr. Strickland shares stories of her work in optical physics and the experience of receiving the Nobel Prize

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(l-r): Brian Maple, Bret Noel, Douglas Dykaar and Donna Strickland talking during the opening reception.

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Dr. Donna Strickland, one of only five women to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, visited UC San Diego to discuss her career in optical physics and her work creating chirped pulse amplification, for which she received the prize in 2018. An opening reception was held at the Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club, where guests were able to mingle while sampling an array of hors d'oeuvres. Welcome remarks were given by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons and Dean of the School of Physical Sciences Christine Hrycyna.

Following the reception, more than 300 attendees assembled in The Jeannie Auditorium to hear Strickland speak. A professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo, Strickland also shared her experience attending the Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden before answering questions from the audience. Following the talk, an intimate dessert reception was held in the lobby of the Jeannie.

UC San Diego's Department of Physics is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Maria Goeppert Mayer receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963. Mayer, one of UC San Diego’s founding faculty members, was the second woman to receive the prize after Marie Curie. Her medal was on display in the lobby during Strickland's talk.

(cr: all photos by Wonderstruck Photography)

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