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Women In STEM Received Some Overdue Recognition In 2020



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2020 was a great year for recognizing the achievements of women in science and engineering. #Here are a few of the year’s long-overdue nods to women who made science history.

#Vera C. #Rubin #Observatory

The #National #Science #Foundation started the year by naming an upcoming large ground-based observatory after astronomer #Vera #Rubin. The telescope, which is under construction, had previously been called the #Large #Synoptic #Survey #Telescope (LSST).

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#At a #January event announcing the name, physicist #Kathy #Turner, a program manager at the #Department of #Energy’s #Office of #High-Energy #Physics, told reporters that reading as an undergraduate about #Rubin’s work taught her that, “yes, science is a field that women have a right to be in and a right to pursue, and we don’t have to take no for an answer.”

#Rubin discovered the first evidence of dark matter in the 1970s, when she noticed that the galaxies she was observing all seemed to rotate as if they had much more mass than astronomers could see. #Decades later, one of the #Rubin #Observatory’s main research goals will be to gather more data to help physicists figure out how dark matter fits into the structure of the universe. #That work, and other observations at the new facility in #Chile, should begin in #November 2021.

#Nancy #Grace #Roman #Space #Telescope

NASA announced in #May that the #Hubble #Space #Telescope’s successor will named for the agency’s first chief astronomer, who played an instrumental role in making #Hubble a reality: #Nancy #Grace #Roman.

“It is because of #Nancy #Grace #Roman’s leadership and vision that NASA became a pioneer in astrophysics and launched #Hubble, the world’s most powerful and productive space telescope,” said NASA #Administrator #Jim #Bridenstine in a press release.

#Prior to the announcement, the #Roman #Space #Telescope had been known officially as the #Wide #Field #Infrared #Survey #Telescope, or WFIRST. NASA plans to launch it by 2025.

#Mary W. #Jackson NASA #Headquarters

#In #June, NASA renamed its #Washington, D.C. headquarters building in honor of mathematician and engineer #Mary #Jackson, whose 27 years of work at NASA helped the agency design better, safer, faster aircraft and pave the way for crewed spaceflight.

“NASA facilities across the country are named after people who dedicated their lives to push the frontiers of the aerospace industry,” #Bridenstine said in a press release. “Mary W. #Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting #American astronauts into space.”

#Jackson joined NASA in 1951, when the agency was still called NACA and the workplace was strictly segregated by race and gender. #In defiance of those barriers, #Jackson became the agency’s first black female engineer, authored several research reports, and performed experiments in NASA’s supersonic wind tunnel.



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