Diversity Panel

H. Cynthia Chiang

H. Cynthia Chiang is an associate professor of physics at McGill University, and her research focuses on instrumentation development and data analysis for observational cosmology. She was previously a senior lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, a Dicke postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, and she also spent one year working at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station as a winterover scientist. She received her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2009, working on cosmic microwave background polarimetry. She received her BS in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002.
Kevin Hewitt

Dr. Hewitt is a full Professor in the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science, and Chair of Senate (2015-22) at Dalhousie University. In the classroom, Dr. Hewitt strives to link Physics to the everyday lives of learners. In his Molecular imaging lab, he has developed novel nanoparticle probes for cancer imaging and treatment, new optical imaging approaches and a prototype medical diagnostic tool for liver steatosis.

He completed his B. Sc., Physics Specialist & Biology Major at the University of Toronto (UofT) (1992), was active in student politics and received the UofT Physics prize. During his graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, he helped establish several university and community organizations and programs. At Dalhousie he unified his deep and abiding interests in science and community engagement by co-founding the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy, a STEM outreach program for African Canadian students from junior high to university, which he lead from a small room in the Physics building to a provincial program with an annual budget approaching $0.5M. These contributions have been recognized by the Youth Community Service Award (1999), the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence (2014). In 2018 he was named the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Science Champion.

Dr. Hewitt has been awarded more than $3M in research funding, published in excess of 30 papers, delivered over 60 invited presentations in Canada, China, US, Ethiopia and Brazil; and supervised numerous students. He has also held visiting professor positions at Stanford University, Laurentian University, Universidade do Vale do Paraiba, Simon Fraser University, Addis Ababa University and the British Columbia Cancer Agency.

He’s held elected positions on the Canadian Association of Physicists and the American Physical Society, and presently serves on the Global Affairs Canada, Faculty Mobility Program – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Selection Committee (2019-) and the National Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy (ACEDIP) for the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (2017-)
Marie-Cécile Piro

Dr. Piro is a french-italo-canadian who grew up in a tiny french island in the Caribbean the Guadeloupe. She moved in Montreal for her undergraduate and graduate studies at Université de Montréal and received her PhD in 2012 in experimental particle physics in the PICASSO collaboration using superheated liquid detectors for the search of dark matter. She continued her quest of dark matter as a postdoctoral associate in France within the EDELWEISS group working with High Purity Germanium (HPGe) bolometer. She moved in US to work as a research associate with the XENON1T experiment and spent two year in Gran Sasso in Italy for the complete commissioning of the detector, as expert on-site of the purification system for the experiment. Dr. Piro is now Assistant professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton since 2017 and she continues her search as a leader in the dark matter searches within several experiments in gas purification to reduce the background level of the detectors and data analysis to understand the behavior of the detectors. Combining technologies and disciplines for developing new detectors and extract the interesting signals in order to solve the mysteries of the Universe is her main interest.
Michael Ramsey-Musolf

Michael Ramsey-Musolf is a theoretical physicist whose research lies at the interface of particle physics, nuclear physics, and cosmology. He is currently Chair Professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, a Senior Fellow at the Tsung-Dao Lee Institute, and Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding Director of the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions. He is best known for his research on the cosmic matter-antimatter asymmetry and fundamental symmetry tests. Prof. Ramsey-Musolf received his B.A. from Pomona College and Ph.D. from Princeton University. After completing a post-doc at MIT, he held faculty positions at Old Dominion University and the Jefferson Lab, the Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Connecticut, Caltech, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before assuming his current positions. He received the 1990 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics from the American Physical Society and has been an APS Fellow since 2001. Since 2012, he has worked with colleagues to increase awareness of LGBTQ concerns in physics through the grassroots organization lgbt+physicists. He is also an ordained Episcopal priest, and continues to serve as the Priest Associate for Global Mission at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Northampton, MA.