Laurier Professor Shohini Ghose named TED Senior Fellow
Wilfrid Laurier University’s Shohini Ghose, a physics professor and director of Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science, has been named a TED Senior Fellow for 2018.
Ghose was first selected for the prestigious TED Fellows program in 2014, one of just 20 leaders and visionaries worldwide named that year. Now, as a senior fellow, she will have two additional years to engage with the TED Fellows program, which will include participating in four TED events. She may also have the opportunity to deliver a talk from the TED stage.
“I am thrilled to continue to participate in the TED community as a senior fellow,” said Ghose. “I'm looking forward to new collaborations and contributing to this incredible network working on global issues and making positive change.”
Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from around the world and across disciplines. The program provides mentorship, coaching, and collaboration and networking opportunities to raise international awareness of fellows’ work and maximize its impact. To date, there have been 453 fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have collectively been viewed more than 178 million times.
Just 10 senior fellows are selected every year from among all previous TED fellows who apply. In addition to Ghose, this year’s class of senior fellows includes a writer and filmmaker who explores black masculinity, the criminal justice system and family relationships through art; and the founder of a non-profit that develops technology to combat sexual assault on college campuses and help survivors.
Ghose is a theoretical physicist who studies how quantum mechanics can transform computers and possibly enable teleportation. She and her research collaborators made the first-ever movies directly showing atoms “tunneling” through an impenetrable barrier, and also made the first observations of how chaotic behavior affects quantum entanglement. In 2017, she was inducted to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is vice-president elect of the Canadian Association of Physicists, associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Physics, and is affiliated with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Institute for Quantum Computing, and Balsillie School of International Affairs, among others.
Ghose also makes a major impact as an educator and activist. She co-authored Canada’s first introductory astronomy textbook and in 2014, she received a Women of Waterloo (WOW) Education Award for outstanding achievements in education. As director of the Centre for Women in Science, she researches and advocates for gender equity and diversity in science. In 2016, Canadian Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan invited her to consult on the topic. She frequently speaks publicly about science and women in science and helped create a TED-Ed video on Marie Curie.