Physics Colloquium - Prof. Tim Atherton

Physics Colloquium - Prof. Tim Atherton

The American Physical Society Report on the Status of LGBT People in Physics


April 16, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Marcus Nano


Rm 1116-1118


Tufts University


In this talk, I’ll discuss climatic issues faced by LGBT people in Physics, informed by findings of the recent American Physical Society report on the status of LGBT people in Physics. This report was prepared for the APS by an ad hoc committee of physicists, spanning a range of institutions types and career stages, and included information from focus groups held at APS meetings, the first ever climate survey of LGBT people in physics, and a set of in-depth interviews with individuals who self-identify as LGBT. Driven by this evidence, I’ll discuss implications for pedagogy, as well as collective and individual actions the community can take to alleviate the issues identified. 


Tim is Associate Professor of Physics at Tufts University. He received his PhD in Physics in 2007 from the University of Exeter in the UK where he studied frustration phenomena in liquid crystals as part of the Electromagnetic Materials group with Professor Roy Sambles FRS. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral scholar at Case Western Reserve University in the Rosenblatt group contributing to a diverse range of projects: from the Rayleigh-Taylor instability to direct imaging of liquid crystalline order via the technique of Optical Nanotomography. He joined the faculty of Tufts University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in Fall 2011.