NASA Women of STEM

26 Mar NASA Women of STEM

Through their accomplishments and dedication to their jobs, women at NASA embody the essence of Women’s History Month.  They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Meet some of the women at NASA who are leading the way both in the laboratory and in the field.

NASA astrophysicist Dr. Colleen Wilson-Hodge and the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, or GBM, team are recipients of the top prize in high-energy astronomy this year.  The High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) selected Wilson-Hodge and the GBM team to receive the 2018 Bruno Rossi Prize for their role in the first joint detection of gravitational and light waves from the same cosmic event — the spectacular smashup of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy. (source)

Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Geologist, was born in Brazil and educated in London.  She is a senior research scientist and the manager for planetary science at JPL.  Her major focus is in planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology.  She has written more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and is in the Guinness World Book of Records for having discovered 71 active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io. (source)

Lynnae Quick, Planetary Geophysicist, is from Greensboro, North Carolina.  She recently did an interview and answered questions about her career, how she got started in her field, and what sparked her interest to keep going forward.  Her advice to others: “Be bold.  Search out people who work in your area of interest. . .  Also, becoming a professional scientist requires, above all else, a willingness to persevere.  It will require you to take upper level science and math classes in high school and college that others generally try to shy away from; but if you can keep in mind that the end goal is being able to have a job where you do something that you really love every day, you’ll get through it and probably also enjoy the journey.” (Read more of her interview here.)

Data2insight continues to be inspired and encouraged by these amazing #WomenInSTEM.