INDEPENDENT NEWS

Lecturer awarded international prize

Published: Tue 11 Sep 2018 10:29 AM
Physics lecturer awarded international prize for encouraging diversity
Promoting gender parity in conference speaker line-ups and helping the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland win an award for promoting diversity and inclusivity have won Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck an award from the Optical Society of America (OSA).
Promoting gender parity in conference speaker line-ups and helping the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland win an award for promoting diversity and inclusivity have won Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck an award from the Optical Society of America (OSA).
The OSA Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy award recognises outstanding dedication and accomplishments from organisations and individuals that foster greater appreciation, advancement, and celebration of diversity and inclusivity in optics and photonics.
As a senior lecturer in Physics at the University, Dr Vanholsbeeck says it’s important to make practical changes and to take action at an individual level as well as advocating at an organisational level for all members of the University from students to senior staff.
“It’s not just about focusing on student scholarship but looking at anything in a student’s situation that could be impeding progress. It’s up to all of us to look at the systems and processes we use to ensure they are as inclusive as possible.”
Dr Vanholsbeeck chairs the diversity committee in the Department of Physics and has been instrumental in pushing initiatives that made it possible for the Department to win the Bronze Pleiades Award from the Astronomical Society of Australia’s (ASA), Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable astronomy (IDEA) chapter.
Ensuring diversity in speaker line-ups and conference panels is important in recognising and promoting diversity, she says, and she has previously requested prize applications be re-opened to ensure better diversity. She says scientific societies should have strong diversity policies, and events that promote diversity and inclusivity should be prioritised for sponsorship.
Australian Optical Society president Professor Simon Fleming said he was delighted the prize was awarded to Dr Vanholsbeeck.
“This award is based not only on her influence on the practices of the University but also more generally on New Zealand and Australia science in helping promote a positive image to a wide diversity of students.”
Dr Vanholsbeeck will accept the award at a function in Washington in the United States during the OSA annual meeting: Frontiers in Optics.
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Housing NZ to right meth testing wrong
By: New Zealand Government
Meka Whaitiri removed as a Minister
By: New Zealand Government
Making history for women’s pay in New Zealand
By: New Zealand Government
Celebrating NZ as a trailblazer for women
By: New Zealand Government
Refugee quota increases to 1500 in 2020
By: New Zealand Government
Standards system reassurance sought
By: New Zealand Government
Heart put back into social housing
By: Green Party
Government shouldn’t be compensating crooks
By: New Zealand National Party
Review finds meth standard not improperly influenced
By: Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Meth eviction compensations don’t account for social harm
By: Auckland Action Against Poverty
The ongoing effects of the 0.5 meth standard
By: NZ Property Investors' Federation
Two Ministers Down, Nine More To Go
By: ACT New Zealand
Unions celebrate Suffrage Day win for women
By: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions
E tū welcomes Suffrage Day equal pay bill
By: E tu
Legislation another milestone in pay equity journey
By: NZNO
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media