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Symposia to Honor Katharine B. Gebbie for more than 40 Years of Service to JILA and NIST

Published: 05-01-2013

Katharine Gebbie. Credit: NIST

Two symposia will be held the week of May 6, 2013,  in honor of Dr. Katharine B. Gebbie.  The day-long events will  celebrate Gebbie's illustrious career in JILA and NIST as well as her outstanding service to science and the nation. The first symposium on May 8th will be held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, followed by a second event in Boulder, Colorado on May 10th. The Boulder symposium will feature talks by Nobel Laureates Tom Cech, Dave Wineland, Eric Cornell, and Jan Hall as well as other  luminaries from JILA and NIST who have benefitted from Gebbie's leadership.

"Gebbie's contributions as an exemplary scientist, leader, and mentor have helped keep NIST at the cutting edge of science and technology, produced four Nobel prizes, a National Medal of Science winner, a L'Oreal-UNESCO award for Women in Science, and enabled world-class achievements in measurement science," said Willie E. May, NIST Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.

Gebbie has received many honors during her career, including the Service to America Career Achievement Award, the Women in Science and Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorius Senior Executives, and Department of Commerce Gold Medals. She also received the Department of Commerce Equal Employment Opportunity Award and the Women in Science and Engineering WISE Award for her contributions to promoting and providing opportunities for women and other traditionally underrepresented groups in science. Gebbie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Gebbie began her career and an astrophysicist at JILA, where she was the first woman to be selected as a JILA Fellow. She served as Chief of NIST's Quantum Physics Division from 1988 to 1991. She was the founding director of NIST's Physics Laboratory and its successor, the Physical Measurement Laboratory. Most recently, she established the Joint Quantum Institute, a joint venture between NIST Gaithersburg and the University of Maryland College Park. The new institute was modeled on the successful JILA institute comprising NIST Boulder and the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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