Physics | Education | Technology
At the beginning of her professional journey, Dr. Margaret Josephine Cox was dedicated to studying foreign languages. During her time as an undergraduate, however, she met some physics majors and thought their field was fascinating. She switched majors, and, by 1961, held a Bachelor of Science in experimental physics from the University of London. Dr. Cox proceeded to earn a PhD in atomic physics at the University of London in 1966, which she considers to be one of the biggest milestones of her career. While working toward her graduate degree, she measured the absorption of residents' radiation, a component needed to be able to create lasers.
The second milestone Dr. Cox reached happened around 1969, when she traveled to America and was asked to create teaching materials using physics. This sparked an interest in computer-based learning, and she has since developed three different kinds of computer technologies to teach physics and quantum mechanics. Thirdly, Dr. Cox was extremely proud to make director of the computer in curriculum program at King’s College London. As the leader of the curriculum program, she led the development of science and math simulations using the internet in 1978. The department had an exhibition at the royal society and was invited to show their work because it was the first time anyone has connected educational software and the Internet for education. Furthermore, in 1982, her team wrote software to send pictures, images and data over the Internet, before the World Wide Web was created. To further her career, Dr. Cox obtained certification as a chartered physicist in 1996.
HEALTH CARE | Physics
When Jean St. Germain started her career as a medical physicist, there were very few women in the field. That only promulgated her desire to enter the profession, however, and she set out determined to succeed. Along the way, Ms. St. Germain earned a Bachelor of Science from Marymount Manhattan College and a Master of Science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Ms. St. Germain is certified by the American Board of Health and the American Board of Medical Physics, and is a licensed medical physicist.
Since 2010, Ms. St. Germain has served as an attending physicist, corporation radiation safety officer, and vice chairman for clinical and educational affairs for the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York. Her group provides radiation safety services for all of MSKCC’s campuses, specifically offering radiation shielding design services for new and renovated facilities to ensure a safe working environment for the staff, patients, and visitors. Prior to her service at MSKCC, Ms. St. Germain held several positions at Cornell University Medical College, including clinical assistant professor, instructor of radiology, and assistant physicist. She was also a fellow in the Department of Medical Physics at Memorial Hospital in New York, and a U.S. public health service fellow of radiological health at Rutgers.