My friend Clare Yu is an established physics professor at the University of California, Irvine. Her condensed matter physics interests include glassy and disordered systems, noise, and superconducting Josephson junction qubits. She has also contributed to problems in strongly correlated electrons, quantum magnetism, superconducting vortices, phase transitions, and quantum solids. More recently, she has started working in biological physics areas such as intracellular transport and developmental biology.
U.C. Irvine has instituted a series of talks on the general heading of “What Matters to Me and Why?”. These talks provide a chance for scholars to communicate on a personal level “Choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments grasped and joys revealed.” Clare recently gave one of those talks.
She shares forthrightly about the centrality of her Christian faith to her life, and its impact on her career choices and her research. Clare notes how her recent bout with breast cancer sparked an interest in applying physics to biology. She speaks clearly, and with a lot of smart-people humor. Her talk lasts about 25 minutes. The audience had lots of questions afterward for her to respond to. Enjoy!