CV

NAME:

Nora Berrah

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D in Physics, May 1987, University of Virginia. “Laser Photodetachment of HS Trapped in a Penning Trap”
  • Diplome D’ètude Superieure (DES) in Theoretical Physics, Faculté des Sciences. Université d’Alger, Algeria, June 1979 (MS).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND INTERESTS:

Investigation of the interaction of atoms, molecules, clusters and their ions with weak and strong electromagnetic fields produced by synchrotron facilities. Recent research interests are in the areas of non-linear physics, quantum control of atoms, molecules, and clusters with emphasis on short wavelength radiation, ultrafast time scales and strong laser fields. This research involves the use of intense femtosecond free electron lasers (FEL) in the vuv and x-ray regimes to probe physical and chemical processes that happen on ultrafast time scales.

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS:

  • Professor and head, Physics Department, University of Connecticut, Jan 2014.
  • Visiting Professor, University Paris VI, Paris, France, and Chair d’Excellence, SOLEIL (French National Synchrotron Laboratory), St. Aubin, France, 2011-2012.
  • Visiting Scientist, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Stanford, CA, 2006.
  • University Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Western Michigan University, 2000.
  • Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, 1998-1999.
  • Professor, Physics Department, Western Michigan University, August 1999.
  • Visiting Scientist, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max Planck Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, 1992-1993.
  • Visiting Scientist (Chercheur Associe), LURE (Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation du Rayonnement Electronique), Orsay, France. June-July 1992, May 1993.
  • Visiting Scientist, Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. May 1992.
  • Assistant Scientist, Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, October 1989-1991.
  • Postdoctoral appointee, Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory, May 1987- October 1989

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
  • Member of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, APS.
  • Member of the Division of Laser Science, APS.
  • Member of the French Association for the Advancement of Science (AFAS)
  • Member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi

AWARDS:

1. 2014 Davisson-Germer Prize, American Physical Society (2014). Citation: “For pioneering experiments on the interaction of atoms, molecules, negative ions and clusters with ionizing vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray photons.”
2. Western Michigan University, Arts and Science College, Global Engagement Award, 2012.
3. Western Michigan University (WMU) Dean’s Faculty Research Appreciation Award, 2007, 2008.
4. David. S. Shirley Award for “Outstanding Scientific Achievements at the Advanced Light Source”, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2002.
5. WMU Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, 2000.
6. Fellow, American Physical Society, 1999.
7. WMU President’s Award for Excellence in Research, 1996.
8. WMU Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 1995, 1997.
9. Humboldt Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation , 1992-1993.
10. Graduate Fellowship, Physics Department, University of Virginia, 1985-1986.
11. Scholarship, University of Orsay, Paris, France, 1979-1980.
12. Scholarship, Ministere de L’Enseignement Superieure et de la Recherche Scientifique, Algeria, 1981-1985.
13. Baccalaureate exam with Honors, 1975.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Professional Society Service & Science Leadership and Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation:

1. Chair, of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for the PULSE center at SLAC National laboratory.
2. Member, European Union Framework Program for Research & Innovation, HORIZON 2020. Network for the “Marie Skłodowska- Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN; MEDEA) 2014
3. Member, Office of Science, DOE, BESAC sub-committee for 2015 “Directing Matter and Energy: Challenges for Science and the Imagination” July-Dec 2014.
4. Member, BIOXFEL advisory board member, (NSF funded research labs) Buffalo, NY(2014-2017)
5. Member, BESAC sub-committee of DoE- Office of Science, for “Future X-ray Light Sources”, 2013.
6. Member, American Physical Society Nominating Committee, 2013-2015.
7. Member, Committee of Visitors (COV) Review Panel for the Scientific User Facilities Division within the DoE, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, April 2013.
8. Member, Executive Committee, Division of Laser Science (DLS), APS, 2010-1013
9. Member, Science Advisory Committee, Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), 2007-2016.
10. Member, Users Executive Committee, Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), SLAC National Acceleratory Laboratory, 2012-2015.
11. Member, Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC), Office of Science, Department of Energy, 2002-2012.
12. Member, Review Committee for the Physics Department, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2011.
13. Member, Committee of Visitors (COV), Department of Energy Office of Science, AMO Physics, April 2011.
14. Promoting Diversity; Member, COACh Advisory Board for Gender Equity in STEM fields, 2009-2015.
15. Member, Advisory board, American-Algerian Foundation for Culture, Education, Science &Tech., 2010-2014.
16. Member, Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP), APS, Nominating Committee, 2008-2010.
17. Discussion Leader and Writer, DOE workshop on “New Era of Science: Solving Science and Energy Grand Challenges with Next-Generation Photon Sources” October 2008. Report published May 2009, National Academy Press.
18. Member, Review Committee, FOCUS NSF Laser Center, University of Michigan, 2007-2009.
19. Member, Review Committee, Department of Physical Chemistry, Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI), Paris, France, January 2008.
20. Member, Science Advisory Committee, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Light source (SSRL), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2006-2009.
21. Co-team leader for Atomic and Molecular Science, LCLS, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2004-2009.
22. Promoting Diversity; Co-Chair (with Arthur Bienenstock), “Strengthening the Physics Enterprise in Universities and National Laboratories through Gender Equity,” Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), APS, May 7-9, 2007.
23. Promoting Diversity; Chair, Committee of the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), APS, 2007-2008.
24. Promoting Diversity; Member, Committee of the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), APS, 2006-2008.
25. Chair, Davisson-Germer Prize Committee, American Physical Society, 2007.
26. Vice-Chair, Davisson-Germer Prize Committee, American Physical Society, 2005-2006.
27. Promoting Diversity; Member, Subcommittee of CSWP, Site visits to Physics Department, March 2005.
28. Member, Executive Committee, Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP), American Physical Society, 2005-2008.
29. Member, Executive Committee, APS Topical Group on Few-Body Physics, 2006.
30. Member, Forum on International Physics (FIP), APS, 2006-2007.
31. Member, Science Advisory Committee for the LCLS, 4th Generation Light Source, SLAC, Stanford, CA, 2003-2005.
32. Member, Committee on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, (CAMOS), National Research Council, 2000-2002.
33. Chair, Users Executive Committee, Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2000.
34. Vice-Chair, Users Executive Committee of the Advanced Light Source (ALS), LBNL, 1999.
35. Member, Subcommittee to Review 4th Generation Light Sources, Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC), Department of Energy, 1999.
36. Member, I. I. Rabi Prize Committee, American Physical Society, 1998-2000.
37. Member, Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA), American Physical Society, 1994-1997
38. Member, Executive Committee, Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, APS, 1995-1998.
39. Chair, Participation Research Team (PRT) of the Atomic & Molecular undulator beamline, 9.0.1/10.0.1 of the Advanced Light Source (ALS), LBNL, 1995-2004.
40. Member, Proposal Study Panel, ALS, LBNL, 1995-2000.
41. Member, Users Executive Committee, ALS, LBNL 1993-1996; 1997-2001.

Conference Organization and Leadership:

1. Member, International Committee, e,2e Conference (satellite of the International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions – ICPEAC), Spain, 2014-2015.
2. Consultant in Focus articles for APS: X rays Measure Lone Molecules, Physics 7, 22 (2014).
3. Member, International Program Committee, IWP&RIXS, Erice, Italy, August 2014
4. Member, International Program Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Photoions, Photoionization and Photodetachment, 2014, Glaveston, TX.
5. Member, Program Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Multiphoton ionization, 2014, Boston.
6. Member, International Program Committee, International Conference on Many Particle Spectroscopy in Atoms, Molecules and Clusters (MPS) 2014, Metz, France.
7. Member, International Program Committee, International Workshop in Photoionization, Erice, Italy 2014.
8. Member, International Committee, e,2e Conference (satellite of the International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions – ICPEAC), Heifei, China, 2013.
9. Organizer, session on Physics with Ultrafast X-rays, Frontiers in Optics 2013/Laser Science XXVIII conference, Florida, 2013.
10. Organizer, session on Physics with Ultrafast X-rays, Frontiers in Optics 2012/Laser Science XXVIII conference, Rochester, NY, 2012.
11. Member, International Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Photoions, Photoionization and Photodetachment, 2012.
12. Member, International Committee, e,2e Conference (satellite of the International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions – ICPEAC), Belfast, Ireland, 2011.
13. Member, International Committee, Many Particle Spectroscopy Conference, Sendai, Japan, 2010-2014.
14. Co-Chair, Local Committee, International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, ICPEAC XXVI, 2009.
15. Member, Executive Committee, International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC), 2005-2009.
16. Member, Scientific Committee, International Conference on X-Ray and Inner-Shell Processes, 2005-2008.
17. Chair, First Summer School on Ultrafast Science using an X-ray Free Electron Laser (FEL), Pulse Center, SLAC, June 2007.
18. Organized AMO sessions at FEL workshop in SRC, Wisconsin, October 2006
19. Co-Chair, Workshop at ALS users meeting, AMO science with vuv FEL, October 2006
20. Co-Chair, workshop at ALS users meeting, AMO science, October 2005
21. Member, Scientific Committee for the Advanced Photon Source Ultrafast X-ray workshop 8/2004
22. Member, Scientific Committee for the Ultrafast x-rays workshop, San Diego, CA, 4/2004.
23. Member, International Scientific Committee for the VUV14 International Conference, 2004.
24. Member, Program committee for the International ICPEAC satellite (e-2e/polarization) (2004)
25. Member, Program committee for the International ICPEAC satellite (e-2e/polarization) (2003)
26. Member, committee of the International Conference in X-Ray and Inner-Shell Processes, 1996-1999.
27. Member, sub-committee for the annual conference QELS ‘97, “Laser Spectroscopy, Laser Cooling, and Atom Trapping’, 1997.
28. Member, International Scientific Committee, International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions (ICPEAC), 1995-1998.
29. Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on (e,2e) Double Photoionization and Related Processes, 1995-1997
30. Chair and Organizer, Session at the 1999 Optical Society of America (OSA) conference in San Jose, CA.
31. Chair and Organizer, AMO workshops at Advanced Light Source, ALS Users meeting, 1996&1997.
32. Member, Local organizing committee, “International Workshop in Photoionization” (IWP), Berlin, 1992.
33. Member, Local Organizing Committee, annual meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP), American Physical Society, Chicago, IL, 1992.
34. Member and Co-organizer, workshop on “Atomic Physics at the Advanced Photon Source,” March, 1990, Argonne National Labs, Argonne, IL.
35. Chair of many sessions at the International Workshop on Photoionization (IWP), many sessions for the annual meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP), many workshops and sessions at ICPEAC, at X-ray conferences, and other national and international conferences.

PROMOTING DIVERSITY:

  • http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/gender-equity/upload/genderequity.pdf

PROMOTING DIVERSITY VIA SCIENCE ADVOCACY:

Significant Contribution in Outreach/Mentoring of Women to Promote, Retain and Increase the Number of Women in Physics. I started contributing to this effort 22 years ago when I was a postdoc. Also, mentoring of a few African American/Hispanic students.

  • Role model/mentorship: Give presentations to focused women conferences in STEM fields around the world, meet with women caucuses when presenting seminars/colloquia at institutions around the world from 1989 to the present (USA, France, Sweden, Africa).
  • International Gender equity in STEM fields:Organizing and conducting, with Prof. Geraldine Richmond (U. Oregon), workshops on coaching women in North Africa to build successful careers in the STEM fields. Three workshops were conducted in Tunisia (March 2013), Algeria (January 2013) and Morocco (March 2013) with US State Department and UO funds.
  • Contributed to the organization of the follow up effort on the APS national workshops “Gender Equity in Physics” 2007-present.
  • Raised federal funds and organized, as the chair of the APS/CSWP, a national workshop (funded as the PI by DOE and NSF) on “Gender Equity: Strengthening the physics enterprise in academia and national laboratories” for Chairs of the 50 most research-oriented Physics Departments and 20 physics-related Division Directors of National Laboratories, May 6-8, 2007. Co-chaired the workshop with past APS President Arthur Bienenstock, Stanford University. The workshop report, which was mailed to most universities to serve as a guide with our recommendations can be found at: http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/gender-equity/upload/genderequity.pdf
  • Site visits to Physics Department under the sponsorship of the APS, Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), University of Michigan, March 2005.
  • Mentoring of female high school students, Liz Otto, CAMSE, 2003.
  • “Physics is Fun”, Guest speaker at Elkhart Central, Elkhart, IN, May 8, 2003
  • Upper bound math Science, Research mentorship program for African-American females, Summer 2000.
  • “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” Gave tours of accelerator facilities to elementary students to encourage them to think about science, .April 1999, Advanced Light Source, (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • “The Status of Woman in Physics”, Seminar given at the graduate student fair at Argonne National Laboratory. October 2, 1993.
  • “Career in Physics: It Is Fun!”, Seminar given as a Career Orientation Representative at the yearly Conference on “Science Career in Search of Women,” Argonne National Laboratory, April 24, 1992.
  • “Women in Research: Challenges and Opportunities,” Lecture given at Argonne National Laboratory, Division of Educational Programs at the Graduate School Fair, October 5, 1991.
  • “Research in Physics,” presentation to Academy Teachers on December 14, 1990.
  • Seminar, Conference on “Science Careers in Search of Women,” at Argonne National Laboratory, organized by the Department of Education May 18, 1990.