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"From the Pool to the Ocean: One Girl’s Path to Becoming a Scientist," Science for Humanity Series with Theresa Oehmke

April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

The CCBM hosts Theresa Oehmke for a Science for Humanity Series session.

Through her talk entitled "From the Pool to the Ocean: One Girl’s Path to Becoming a Scientist" Oehmke will discuss the influences, experienced and choices that led her her on the path to pursue a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

The talk takes place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in SE2, Room 224, and is open to all students, faculty, staff and the local community. Guest parking will be available in Bellevue Lot with the permit-less parking dispenser; credit card only.

Oehmke is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her research investigates the mysteries governing particle-fluid interactions in turbulence.

Outside the lab, Oehmke spends time at the pool playing water polo and swimming. She is dedicated to creating spaces for underrepresented groups and has focused on doing this through work as a committee member for the 32nd and 34th annual Empowering Womxn of Color conferences hosted by UC Berkeley.

"I am often asked about my academic path and what motivates me to keep doing
what I’m doing. I will spend part of this talk discussing the influences and
choices that got me to where I am. Then I’ll dive in to my current research
which uses dissolving sugar particles as a proxy for studying the exchange of
soluble material to and from planktonic organisms. A fundamental understanding of how these organisms interact with their environment can be applied to the design of mini robots that sample concentration plumes in oceans and other bodies of water," Oehmke said.


Science and Engineering Building 2, 224

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