A Career in Science Communications

May 2, 2012
Interschool Lab (750 CEPSR)
Hosted by: Columbia University Optics Seminar Series
Speaker: Rachel Won , Chief Editor (Nature Photonics)


Working as an editor is intellectually very stimulating as you are always exposed to the cutting edge of photonics research through the nature of manuscript assessments, lab visits and conference attendances; discovering not only the depth but also the breadth of research from all around the world. It is also challenging having to identify high-quality, broad-impact research work for publication, and satisfying being able to contribute to the photonics field by driving the research and communicating optics with the public. This talk will focus on career life as an editor in a scientific journal. At the end of the talk, you will get to know the responsibilities and challenges of being editors, how to get into scientific publishing and editing, and career paths after being an editor.

Speaker Biography

Rachel joined Nature Photonics in June 2006 as an associate editor and is now the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Before joining Nature Photonics, she worked for Aston University's Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK, as a research commercialization officer commercializing research output of the university, particularly that of photonics research. She obtained her PhD in microwave photonics and nonlinear optics as a member of Aston's Photonics Research Group. Prior to that, she worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer. She holds a Master's degree from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore doing research in optical fibre sensing and a Bachelor's degree from the National University of Malaysia.

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