Women in science

Excerpt of a Q&A posted in the U.S. News & World Report as part of the 2018 U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame.  Have you seen the involvement or role of women and minorities in science fields change over the past couple decades? Definitely. I just see a lot more in science generally and … Continue reading Women in science

Intentional equity

Excerpt from my op-ed published in Science magazine.Over a decade ago, when I was chief scientist at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, I spoke at a conference called Women and Science: Celebrating Achievements, Charting Challenges. I lauded women working in astrophysics, government, and science policy in the United States and elsewhere, but said … Continue reading Intentional equity

During my recent trip to CERN, I had the chance to meet with its new  director-general, Fabiola Gianotti. She is the first woman to lead this multinational research entity, which manages the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva – where the Higgs boson particle was discovered.

“As the first female chief scientist at NASA, I learned to be confident in taking a different journey than those before me, and being true to the scientific vision I believed would be best for the future of the space agency. I brought scientists to Headquarters to talk with the NASA Administrator about what was … Continue reading