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
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
I recently participated in the fifth meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) – a group of more than 50 countries whose research agency heads meet annually to discuss shared issues and goals. This year, we focused our meeting on interdisciplinarity – research where two or more disciplines work together to produce a common body … Continue reading Global Research Council
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.
This month we recognize and honor the many achievements of women scientists and engineers, in celebration of Women’s History Month. The National Science Foundation (NSF) was founded in the aftermath of a world war, one that brought women into the workplace in far greater numbers than ever before. They helped win the war even as … Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month
Photo credit: NASA JPL I recently had a homecoming of sorts: The chance to visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and speak at their Women in STEM luncheon. I began my science career at Caltech – the academic home of JPL – studying astrophysics, and later served as NASA’s chief scientist. So it was gratifying to … Continue reading Sharing life lessons on succeeding in STEM
“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