Rubin Reception

Thanks to the generosity of the Carnegie Science and the following donors, the Women in Astronomy organizing committee is hosting a special reception to honor the memory of Vera Rubin. Many of us recognize Dr. Rubin as a giant on whose shoulders we stand. At this reception, her research and mentoring legacy will be articulated. Dr. Sethanne Howard - who knew Dr. Rubin and is the author of a book on women astronomers through history (“The Hidden Giants”), an AAS Shapley Lecturer, and Secretary of the AAS Division on Dynamical Astronomy - will present. All conference attendees are invited to join this celebration.

From Carnegie Science news: Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter—the invisible material that makes up more than 90% of the mass of the universe. She was a retired staff astronomer at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, D.C. Read more...


With additional support from:

Jack Burns, Debra Elmegreen, Ken Freeman, Katy Garmany, Andrea Ghez, David Helfand, Deidre Hunter, Chris Impey, John Leibacher, John Mather, Nancy Morrison, Knut Olsen, Caty Pilachowski, Dava Sobel, David Spergel, Bob & Elaine Williams, Beth Willman, Lee Anne Willson