10 Outstanding Women in Science

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    Carolyn Porco
    World's foremost expert on the planetary rings and moons that circle Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. She's leading the imaging team on the Cassini mission, which is orbiting Saturn, as well as working as an imaging scientist on the New Horizons mission.
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    Vera Cooper Rubin
    Her team found the first direct evidence for the existence of invisible dark matter, that mysterious stuff that makes up most of the universe but gives off no energy or light.
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    Emily Lakdawalla
    Oversaw a portion of the Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO. She has been writing and editing the Planetary Society Blog since 2005, reporting on space news, explaining planetary science, and sharing beautiful space photos. She appears weekly on the Society's Planetary Radio podcast.
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    Steph Evz
    Steph is a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology. She's worked as a Systems Engineer, Rocket Scientist, and huge proponent for women in STEM and STEM ed. Currently, Steph runs a youtube channel titled The STEMulus, where she teaches science one video at a time.
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    Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
    Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is the 63rd Black woman In American history with w Physics Ph.D. Her current research focuses on multiple areas including (p)reheating and multifield inflation/inflationary perturbation theory, novel approaches to dark matter and technical issues in quantum fields in curved spacetimes.
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    Caroline Moore
    At 14 years old, Caroline was the youngest person to discover a supernova. Caroline and her dad are part of a supernova search team, and Caroline detected in a photo taken by a computerized telescope what seems to be a previously unknown type of semi-supernova.
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    Debra Fischer
    Her doctoral thesis happened to be on Doppler spectroscopy, a method used to detect exoplanets. Since then she’s discovered similarities between our solar system and others, on her quest to find extraterrestrial life.
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    Reva K. Williams PH.D
    She is the first African-American female astrophysicist. Dr. Williams was the first to prove “Penrose mechanism,” a mathematical model that uses Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity to explain how to extract energy from black holes.
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    Lucianne Walkowicz
    With a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington, Lucianne is more than qualified to study the magnetic fields of stars, how these fields change over time and the different characteristics of the stars. Currently, she’s an Astronomer at Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and a 2012 TED Senior Fellow.
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    Amy Mainzer
    She’s an American astronomer, specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and the Principal Investigator for the NEOWISE project to study minor planets and the proposed Near Earth Object Camera space telescope mission.