Special Colloquium: Women in Science - A UK Perspective

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Oxford University and The University of Dundee
Thursday, March 14, 2019
2:00 pm
Crystal Cove Student Center
Please note special TIME and LOCATION.
In this colloquium Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell will provide some data on women in science (particularly astrophysics) worldwide and discuss some United Kingdom initiatives to increase the number of women in science and engineering.
Dame Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist who discovered pulsars as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1967. This was one of the most profound and significant astronomical discoveries of the 20th Century. It was recently announced that she was awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize for 2018. What is especially noteworthy is that she donated all the prize money to Britain’s Institute of Physics to establish scholarships for women, under-represented minorities and refugees who want to study physics. She has received numerous other accolades including the Oppenheimer prize, the Michelson medal, the Tinsley prize, and the Magellanic Premium, as well as the Herschel Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society and being knighted by the Queen of England. Some three dozen UK, Irish, European and US universities have conferred honorary doctorates on her. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, former (and first female) President of the Institute of Physics, former (and first female) President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and former President of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society as well as a foreign member of some 7 academies. She has been affiliated with numerous universities including the Open University, a public distance learning and research university. She is currently a visiting professor at Oxford University and Chancellor of the University of Dundee. She hopes that her presence as a senior woman in science will encourage more women to consider a career in science.
Clare Yu