Celebrating the 2022 International Day of Women and Girls in Science

10 people standing in front of a sign that says women in physics.
February 11, 2022

February 11th is the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  This annual celebration, initiated by a resolution of the United Nations in 2015, recognizes the critical role that women and girls play in science and technology.

Yale Physics recognizes our outstanding community members, including:

Faculty with primary appointments in physics: Helen Caines, professor of physics; Sarah Demers, Horace D. Taft Professor of Physics; Bonnie Fleming, professor of physics; Reina Maruyama, professor of physics; Laura Newburgh, assistant professor of physics; Rona Ramos, lecturer in physics and graduate services coordinator; Adriane Steinacker, senior lecturer in physics; Alison Sweeney, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and of physics; and Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics

Faculty with secondary appointments in physics: Hui Cao (Applied Physics), Marla Geha (Astronomy), Priyamvada Natarajan (Astronomy),  Shruti Puri (Applied Physics), and Diana Qiu (Mechanical Engineering)

Research scientists: Amanda Holt Jones and Penny Slocum

Postdoctoral researchers: Irem Altan, Yangyang Cheng, Isabella Graf, Laura Havener, Lea Marcotulli, Bianka Mecaj, Prianka Singh, and Yuqi Zhu

Postgraduate associatesClaire LaffanAnnie Polish

Graduate students in physics: Xiran BaiCaitie Beattie, Maria Belota Moreno, Sanah BhimaniHannah Bossi, Naomi Brandt, Emma Castiglia, Katie Chang, Xinyi Chen, Harper Cho, Rachel Cooper, Allison Culbert, Kimmy Cushman, Arianna Garcia Caffaro, Caitlin Gish, Naomi Gluck, Elizabeth Glueck, Eleanor Graham, Sophia Hollick, Yunpeng Ji, Emily Kuhn, Toni Montalvo, Xiaowei Ou, Samantha Pagan, Joy Pajarla,  Jingjing PanIris Ponce, Ananya Rai, Lauren Saunders, Kirsty Scott, Mengwen Shi, Cassady Smith, Youqi Song, Sylvi Stoller, Arina Telles, Jenny Tian, Mira Varma, Jaya Venkatraman, Molly Watts,Talia Weiss, Sierra Weyhmiller, Angela White, Sierra Wilde, Jinming Yang, and Luna Zagorac

Affiliated graduate students: Mary Lou Bailey (Applied Physics), Sumita Ghosh (Applied Physics), Lauren Mellenthin (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Ava Polzin (Astronomy), Sarah Siwiecki (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry) and Lucy Yu (Applied Physics)

Wright Lab community members are highlighted in italics.

Yale Physics also recognizes the undergraduate Women in Physics and graduate student Women in Physics+ groups (read more about them here), and the outreach group Girls’ Science Investigations.

In addition, Wright Lab is pleased to partner with the GAINS Network to host the 2022 Girls Advancing in STEM (GAINS) Conference on April 7-8, 2022 that will bring together high school girls with an interest in STEM from around the country with professionals from Yale University to explore STEM topics and careers.  This conference will be held on Zoom and expected attendance is 250 students and teachers.

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