Lydia Finney is Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Program Initiator. As a Physicist, Lydia has more than 10 years of experience in scientific research at Argonne. Her areas of technical expertise include chemical biology, bioinorganic chemistry, X-ray fluorescence microscopy and metals. She has co-authored more than 50 publications and presented over 35 invited talks.
As Program Initiator, Lydia will coordinate the WIST program by designing and developing program activities and planning the annual Science Careers in Search of Women event in cooperation with Communications, Education and Public Affairs and the Human Resources (HR) Diversity Program Office. She will partner with HR and the Leadership Institute in work to identify trends in attracting and retaining a diverse set of talent from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent pool. The Program Initiator also works to support laboratory-wide Diversity and Inclusion Initiative activities and other outreach initiatives such as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
The WIST Program Initiator position is a two-year appointment filled by a research and development staff member who devotes 25 percent of their time to the program, reporting directly to the Laboratory Director. Lydia has been an active member of the WIST community for many years, developing the TWIST tours, the Argonne Launchpad competition, and serving on the WIST Steering Committee. Lydia is “grateful for the dedication and hard work of previous Program Initiators and the many other women and men who have made a difference at the lab and inspired our community.”