Careers in academia exist beyond research and publications. There are always aspects more than what meets the eye. Often, we tend to learn about what is made available and evident, leaving behind many questions. It is only natural for aspiring scientists to have questions that shape their minds and impact their research. Some questions pertain to professional realms, others may relate to more broader perspectives on ambitions, inspirations, and what one deems as meaningful. Not every day do we get the opportunity to present these floating concerns at a forum and have experts address and pay heed to the same. In this session, a successful scientist with many years of experience will provide a look back to give a personal perspective of her/his career.
This year, we have the absolute pleasure of having with us Professor Ellen Wohl, who is a fluvial geomorphologist and a professor of geology with the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Ellen’s research work focuses primarily on physical processes acting along river corridors, including physical-biotic interactions. Besides her research expertise, we shall engage in conversations regarding the challenges that came her way, and the manner in which she overcame those, and how her research shaped her life and in turn, how her life is impacted by the research she does. The discussions shall offer a unique opportunity to learn and empathise with a scholar’s work and life that has inspired many. The session shall conclude with the prospect of questions that Ellen shall be happy to answer.