ASC ELEVATE Mission and 2020 Program Description


The Applied Superconductivity Conference is excited to offer more professional development opportunities than ever before through our ELEVATE Program. ELEVATE is being designed to provide a diverse array of educational and interactive events for students, recent graduates and professionals transitioning into new roles in their career. Overall, the program strives to “elevate” the participants’ conference experience by providing opportunities for building robust skill sets which the science and engineering of superconductivity demands.    

Learn more about ELEVATE and why we decided to initiate this exciting program!

ELEVATE Introductory Video


Register for the 2020 ELEVATE Events!

All ELEVATE events are complimentary and each is being offered twice during the conference. Pre-registration is required and will allow us to appropriately tailor the events to their group size. Choose the ELEVATE event/s that best suit you:

1. Technical Publication Reviewing and Editing Training Session

ELEVATE your participation in the technical program through this course offered to those interested in gaining an understanding of the guidelines used for the peer-review process for ASC journal publications. The session is combined with recommendations on how to be an effective moderator for oral and poster sessions at the conference. These roles are perfect ways for participants to get involved with the conference and promote the overall quality of ASC standards!

Reviewer/ Editor: Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the “peer-review” process for ASC? Are you interested in learning more about reviewing papers and volunteering your time to become an editor for the conference? Here’s your chance to ask questions, learn about the process! In this course we will discuss how to be a reviewer and what type of questions to ask yourself when you decide the fate of a manuscript but also explain the structure of the review process followed by ASC.

Dates & Times — two sessions (U.S. East Coast time is provided, check schedule for corresponding local time):
     1) Sunday, October 25, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m (EDT)
     2) Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m (EST)
Location: Whova platform 
Speakers: Dr. Al Zeller – National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, and Dr. Luisa Chiesa – Tufts University

2. Unconscious Bias Awareness Session “Examining our Biases: Implicit Bias in STEM Fields and Education” 

In this presentation/workshop, the concepts of, and methods for assessing, explicit and implicit bias will first be introduced. Thereafter, attendees will participate in a real-time group IAT (Implicit Association Test) which will allow for a deeper understanding of implicit bias concepts. Implicit (and explicit) biases will be connected to known behavioral outcomes (at the level of the individual) and known demographic inequalities (at the level of institutions/systems). STEM-specific examples (e.g., math/science and gender stereotypes, belonging, letter of recommendation biases) and implications will be discussed. Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to voluntarily complete brief pre-assessments (10-12 minutes) and to confidentially report their scores through an online survey. At the conclusion of the session, the presenter will answer questions and provide attendees with resources containing evidence-based suggestions for acknowledging and reducing implicit biases and their implications.

Dates & Times – two sessions (U.S. East Coast time is provided, check schedule for corresponding local time):
     1) Sunday, October 25, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
     2) Tuesday, November 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Location: Whova platform
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, Professor and Chair of Psychology – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire / Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Fellow and Trainer  

3. Interactive Student Career Event

The student-professional networking event is designed to provide an all access pass into the inner working of some of the fastest growing opportunities in superconductivity. We have curated a dynamic panel of representatives from US and international labs, universities, and industry to provide insights on the topics of interests of students and rising professionals. The sessions will be run as a interactive Q&A with panelists from each sector. 

Dates & Times – two sessions (U.S. East Coast time is provided, check schedule for corresponding local time):
     1) Monday, November 2, 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (EST)
Location: Whova platform
Speakers: Anna Fox, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Charlie Sanabria, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS); Luigi Muzzi, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA); Susan Butler, Texas Center for Superconductivity at University of Houston; Marc Sherwin, Advanced Technology (electronics) at Northrop Grumman; Matteo Alessandrini, Bruker; Kathleen Amm, Brookhaven National Laboratory
     2) Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Location: Whova platform
Speakers: Chuanbing Cai, Shanghai Key Laboratory of High Temperature Superconductors (SCSC)/Shanghai University; Laura Greene, Florida State University (FSU)/National High Magnetic Field Lab (MagLab); Huabing Wang, Nanjing University; William Oliver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory; Ludovic Ybanez, Airbus; Anna Kario, University of Twente; Paolo Ferracin, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); Venkat Selvamanickam, University of Houston

  1. A special thank you goes out to the student career event organizers:
    Sue Butler and Maria Salatino
    Lead student organizers: Siwei Chen, Chao Li and Miranda Thompson