Central to the Foundation’s commitment to increase the number of women in physics and astronomy in the US academy is its Physics and Astronomy Leadership Council.

Founded in 2017, this distinguished group of eight women in varying career stages throughout the country provides strong leadership, insights, and feedback for the Foundation’s Science program. Each member brings outstanding scientific expertise and experiences, combined with innovative thinking, to increase diversity within the US talent pool. The Foundation is proud to partner with the eight Council members and their home institutions to prototype new practices and increase the level of scientific discoveries that come from a rich and diverse talent pool.

Dr. Bonnie Fleming
Professor of Physics
University of Chicago

Deputy Chief Research Officer
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Dr. Jenny Hoffman
Professor of Physics & Applied Physics—
Harvard University

Dr. Nadya Mason
Dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular EngineeringThe University of Chicago

Dr. Lindley Winslow
Jerrold R. Zacharias Career Development Assistant Professor of Physics—
Massachusetts Insitute of Technology  

Dr. Lia Corrales
Assistant Professor—
University of Michigan, Department of Astronomy 

Dr. Gurtina Besla
Associate Professor
The University of Arizona, Department of Astronomy 

Dr. Kerstin Perez
Lavine Family Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences—Columbia University 

Dr. Caitlin Casey
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Astronomy

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The New York Times July 20, 2020

Nine MIT School of Science professors receive tenure for 2020
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MIT News July 9, 2020

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole
Article featuring Dr. Andrea Ghez
Quanta Magazine October 30, 2018

Nadya Mason elected APS Fellow
Article on Dr. Nadya Mason
Illinois Physics College of Engineering October 1, 2018

Paying it Forward: Fellowship Boosts Women in Physics
Article on Dr. Lindley Winslow
MIT News August 2, 2018

Making physics more inclusive at Stanford
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Stanford News August 1, 2019

Risa Wechsler Named Director of KIPAC
Article on Dr. Risa Wechsler
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory July 31, 2018

SLAC’s Risa Wechsler Named American Physical Society Felow
Article on Dr. Risa Wechsler
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory