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In a list amongst politicians, activists, business leaders, epidemiologists and public health experts, Donna Strickland stands out as a researcher driven by curiosity.
As society navigates the global pandemic, social movements, and dependence on technology over the past year, our definitions of power have changed alongside it. According to Maclean’s, their list includes people who “by dint of their actions, words or character, they force us to watch, listen and learn. They are moving the needle in their chosen fields, and in many cases the wider world.”
Since being awarded the Nobel Prize in 2018, Donna Strickland has become an advocate for curiosity-driven research, like chirped pulse amplification, which she developed during her PhD with Gérard Mourou at the University of Rochester in New York state. Additionally, as only the third women to receive a Nobel Prize in physics between 1901 and 2018, Donna Strickland has also quickly become a role model for women and girls in science.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.