Presentation of the Lithuanian translation of T.C. Chiang’s book
“Chien-Shiung Wu: The First Lady of Physics”
BASNET Forumas started a project aiming at raising the awareness of gender equality in research by showing achievements of women scientists in “hard” sciences and their fundamental impact in their particular scientific field. In the framework of this project, supported by the Mission of Taipei in the Baltic Countries, we translated and published into Lithuanian the book of the Chinese journalist T.C. Chiang “Chien-Shiung Wu: The First Lady of Physics“, about the distinguished US scientist Professor Wu, first winner of the Wolf award.
In order to increase the visibility of the gender in research problem for all the stakeholders, the book was first presented on March 15th 2016 during a high-level event – opening of two new Lithuanian research centers and CERN exhibition – organized on the occasion of the Lithuanian decision to become the associated member of the CERN community.
The event was organized by the Lithuanian government and CERN and supported by the Lithuanian president H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė. Two distinguished US physicists, Prof. Melissa Franklin from Harvard University and Prof. Guenakh Mitselmakher from University of Florida, were invited to present the achievements of Prof. Wu and her impact on the development of Nuclear Physics and for society in general. The visitors were also offered a one-week visit programme including scientific seminars and meetings with the scientific community, students and high school pupils. The problems related with gender issues in research were naturally discussed during all events. The scientists’ visit was supported by the US Embassy to Lithuania.