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Know a young woman interested in science? Sign her up for PPPL’s virtual Young Women’s Conference on May 7

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is inviting seventh- to tenth-grade girls to step into the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at PPPL’s annual Young Women’s Conference on May 7, this year online.

The day of science will be held on a virtual platform where young women can watch live and videotaped science demonstrations, talk to women working in STEM fields, and listen to an inspiring talk by a female scientist.

Exploring Women’s History Month: A Help Desk technician discusses her perspective

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the fourth of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Susmitha Bodige

Position: Help Desk technician, PPPL Information Technology Department 

How long at PPPL: Two and a half years

Describe your job:

Exploring Women’s History Month: A PPPL senior administrative assistant discusses her perspective

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the third of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Ana Marie Datuin

Position: Senior administrative assistant for Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H)

How long at PPPL: Almost five years

Describe your job:

Exploring Women’s History Month: A PPPL engineer discusses her perspective

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the second of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Jessica Guttenfelder

Position: Mechanical engineer and technical operations supervisor: Heating systems — neutral beams

How long at PPPL: Five years

Describe your job:

Exploring Women’s History Month: A PPPL researcher discusses her perspective

As the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory celebrates International Women’s Day March 8 and Women’s History Month throughout March, we asked some of our staff members to tell us what Women’s History Month means to them. This is the first of a weekly series throughout March.

Name: Anna Teplukhina

Position: Postdoctoral researcher, ITER and Tokamaks

How long at PPPL: Two years

Describe your job:

Guillaume LaForest: A 19-year veteran who served in U.S. Navy, Air Force & Army

During his 19 years in three branches of the military, Guillaume LaForest has worked on F-14 Tomcats fighter aircraft, traveled to Afghanistan and Kuwait, and served on several bases around the country from Fort Hood, Texas, to Fort Dix, New Jersey. Along the way, he obtained two master’s degrees and carried on his career as a teacher for much of that time. 

Barbara Harrison brings experience to new position for equity, diversity and inclusion

Barbara Harrison, PPPL’s new equity, diversity and inclusion business partner, has made an effort to hire a more diverse staff as a talent acquisition specialist at PPPL for the past two years. Now she plans to focus on helping to make the Laboratory’s culture become more diverse and inclusive.

“PPPL needs to be more proactive about diversity and inclusion and anti-racism through recruitment, hiring, and nurturing the talent we have,” said Steve Cowley, PPPL director. “I am delighted to have Barbara bring her experience and insights to this important new role.”

PPPL celebrates the women of the Laboratory during Women’s History Month

Women contribute to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s mission in every department, whether it’s in Engineering, Research, or Operations, Click here to view our slideshow celebrating the women of the Laboratory during Women’s History Month. (Photos by Elle Starkman and slideshow by Kyle Palmer/PPPL Office of Communications)

Barbara Garcia: A first-generation college student spends summer doing research at PPPL

As a first-generation college student, Barbara Garcia had to figure out a lot of things on her own when applying for college. Her parents were Mexican immigrants who didn’t go to college and couldn’t help her navigate the application process, couldn’t help her study for the SATs or look over her application essays. 

“Being a first-generation college student has influenced me by teaching me independence and helping me to carve my own path,” Garcia said. “I didn’t have my parents to guide me toward STEM – I just sort of found it on my own and discovered physics on my own.” 

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