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Katharine Blodgett Gebbie Symposium

Katharine Gebbie

A symposium is being organized in honor of our friend and colleague, Katharine Blodgett Gebbie (1932-2016), to take place in the Green Auditorium at NIST-Gaithersburg on May 17-18, 2017. The symposium will feature two days of outstanding science in fields such as atomic clocks and sensors, quantum optics, Bose-Einstein Condensates, and cold atoms that were nurtured by Katharine’s leadership. There is no cost to attend the symposium. Light refreshments will be available.

After the end of Wednesday’s talks we will have a reception at NIST. Terry Quinn, the Director Emeritus of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), will share some of his memories of Katharine at that time. To reserve a space to attend the reception please be sure to indicate your interest on the registration page.

If Katharine touched your life, or if you would like to learn about more the scientific legacy of this remarkable scientist who led the NIST Physics Lab to four Nobel Prizes, you may register by clicking on the Register Here usa-button on the right.

Katharine Blodgett Gebbie: A Tribute
Katharine Blodgett Gebbie: A Tribute

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8:30 - 8:50

Opening - Willie May, Former NIST Director, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology

Session Chair - Chuck Romine, Director, ITL, NIST

9:00 - 9:30Dave Wineland - Nobel Laureate, NIST
9:35 - 9:55Sally Heap - NASA (emerita)
9:55 - 10:25BREAK
10:30 - 10:50Judah Levine - NIST
10:50 - 11:10Gretchen Campbell - JQI/NIST
11:15 - 12:40


Session Chair - Barbara Goldstein, NIST

12:50 - 1:10Don Sullivan - NIST, retired
1:15 - 1:45Eric Cornell - Nobel Laureate, NIST/JILA
1:50 - 2:05Judy Franz - American Physical Society
2:10 - 2:40BREAK
2:45 - 3:05Keith Burnett - Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
3:10 - 3:30John Kitching - NIST
3:30 - 3:35Jayanth Banavar - Dean, CMNS University of Maryland
3:40 - 4:00Jun Ye - NIST/JILA
5:00Reception - Terry Quinn - Emeritus Director of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM)


Day 2 - Thursday, May 18, 2017

8:30 - 8:45

Overview - Eric Cornell, Nobel Laureate, NIST/JILA

Session Chair - Barbara Illman - AAAS Officer/Director of IMBT, Forest Products Lab

8:50 - 9:25William Phillips - Nobel Laureate, NIST/JQI
9:30 - 9:50Ana Maria Rey - University of Colorado/JILA
9:55 - 10:25BREAK
10:30 - 10:50Peter Williams - President, The Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission
10:55 - 11:15John Lowe - NIST
11:15 - 12:40


Session Chair - Laurie Locascio - NIST

12:45 - 1:05Charles Clark - NIST/JQI
1:10 - 1:30Alan Chodos - American Physical Society/Yale University
1:30 - 1:50Steve Rolston - University of Maryland/Physics Chair
1:55 - 2:10Thomas Baer - Stanford Photonics Research Center
2:10 - 2:30BREAK
2:35 - 3:05William Ott - NIST (retired)
3:10 - 3:30Jan Hall - Nobel Laureate, NIST/JILA (retired)
3:35 - 3:50Angela Hight-Walker - NIST
3:55Closing Remarks - Willie May, Former NIST Director, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology


Mention NIST when making arrangements in order to get the NIST rate.

The Holiday Inn
2 Montgomery Village Ave
Gaithersburg, MD  20879
(301) 948-8900

The Hilton
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD  20877
(301) 977-8900

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. The required NIST-1260 form will be available during registration. *New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. For further details, please visit:

Created April 4, 2017, Updated May 16, 2017