Meeting Dr. Meg Urry - Conversation
Women in STEM, Physics, John Hopkins University
Come and join the cozy conversation and personally meet Dr. Meg Urry!
Dr. Urry holds a bachelor's with a double major in mathematics and physics from Tufts University and obtained her Ph.D. from John Hopkins University studying X-ray and ultraviolet radiation from AGN.
She has published over 260 peer-reviewed research papers, was elected to the National Academies of Sciences, the Association of Women in Science and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. She served as the Chair of the Physics Department at Yale University and as President of the American Astronomical Society.
Dr. Urry has been a advocating for the empowerment and inclusion of women and minorities in science. She has been outspoken about the cultural issues in science, and how to make science safer for women.
“At some moment it clicked and I understood what it meant. Not only was that the moment that I started to like physics, but also the moment I realized everybody can learn physics if they get this key that unlocks the door. You don’t want to leave them in the same state that I was in… wondering why the heck we’re doing this… You want people to get over that hump and suddenly see that this is really simple, straightforward, beautiful, and useful.”
- Dr. Meg Urry
This event has been brought by ADVANCE Program (ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers) and the Provost Office at UMBC. After the conversation, we invite you to attend Dr. Meg Urry's talk " Black Holes and Women in Science".
Black Holes and Women in Science
Dr. Meg Urry shares her experiences studying actively accreting supermassive black holes and offers her thoughts on women in science.
Monday, November 13th, 4:30-5:30pm, AOK Library Gallery, Reception to Follow
Meg Urry is Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics and served as Chair of the Yale Physics Department from 2007 to 2013. She is currently Past President of the American Astronomical Society (the last in a 4-year term). Professor Urry received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics summa cum laude from Tufts University. Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers; she has published over 270 refereed research articles on supermassive black holes and galaxies and was identified as a “Highly Cited Author” by Thomson Reuters. Prof. Urry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academies of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and American Women in Science; received an honorary doctorate from Tufts University; and was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon and George van Biesbroeck prizes. Prior to moving to Yale in 2001, Prof. Urry was a senior astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. Professor Urry is known for her efforts to increase the number of women in the physical sciences, for which she won the 2010 Women in Space Science Award from the Adler Planetarium, and she writes on science for CNN.com.