Photos of the Month - June 2019
Audrey Lengel, Photo Archivist
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about mentors. A recent work project brought initiatives such as the eAlliances project and the IMPact program to my attention, both of which were created to connect students and professionals with mentors in their fields. eAlliances focuses on connecting women in physics and astronomy, and IMPact is targeted towards physicists in industry.
These fantastic programs are designed to introduce and foster mentors and mentees, providing a valuable service to both parties. Once established, a mentoring relationship requires dedication, nurturing, and emotional labor. Great mentors have the potential to transform someone’s career and help guide them as a scholar, researcher, and person.
This month, we’re drawing inspiration from physicists who have served as mentors in the past. We can learn from successful mentors like John Wheeler (in fact, you can read Terry M. Christensen’s History of Science Ph.D. dissertation on Wheeler’s mentoring techniques), Mildred Dresselhaus (who herself was mentored by Rosalyn Yalow), and James Stith (who discusses mentoring in his oral history interview), among others. Follow along with us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as we showcase mentors this month and be sure to reach out to your mentee and/or thank your mentor at some point this month.
P.S. – Shout-out to my colleague Sarah Weirich, our Metadata Specialist, for inspiring this month’s theme!