Saturday, January 20, 2007

women and physics?


Yale Names First Woman To Lead Physics Department

The Associated Press January 19 2007, 4:32 PM EST Yale University announced Friday the appointment of the first woman to lead the Department of Physics.Yale President Richard C. Levin said C. Megan Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, will serve as chairwoman of the Department of Physics for three years, effective July 1.Urry has earned renown for her research on super-massive black holes and for her efforts to increase the number of women and minorities in the physical sciences, Yale officials said."Meg Urry embodies the best in research, in teaching and in championing the value and wonder of the physical sciences," Levin said in a statement.When Urry arrived at Yale in 2001, she was the first female tenured faculty member in the history of the Department of Physics. She developed two large collaborative research projects with Chilean astronomers and designed new courses to introduce undergraduates to the physical sciences..............

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