Second year graduate student Juliana Garcia-Mejia traveled to her hometown, Medellín, to participate of Clubes de Ciencia (translation: Science Clubs), Colombia. Clubes de Ciencia is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 by a group of graduate students and postdocs from Harvard’s MCB & CCB departments and medical school.
Distinguished astrophysicist, renowned science writer and accomplished academic leader Ray Jayawardhana has been named the 22nd dean of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 26. He earned a Ph.D. degree in astronomy from Harvard University and his co-advisors were ...
Edo Berger also presented the Leo Goldberg prize for excellence in a senior thesis to Eden Girma. Eden is also a recipient of a University Hoopes Prize for the project entitled “Astrometric Detection of Intermediate Mass Black Holes.”
Juliana García-Mejía is a second year graduate student and a protoinstrumentalist. Currently, she is working with David Charbonneau to refurbish the 2MASS North telescope and turn it into an extremely precise photometer dedicated to searching Earth-like planets around M-dwarfs. She has also spent some time working with Mercedes Lopez-Morales and Sagi Ben-Ami in the development of FIOS, a new instrument that will search for oxygen in exoplanetary atmospheres. Juliana is passionate about outreach, especially as it pertains to engaging minoritized students with STEM. This past summer, she traveled to her home country, Colombia, to participate of Clubes de Ciencia, a Latin American initiative to engage high-school students in hands-on STEM workshops. She also used the Life in the Universe (LITU) curriculum, developed a the CfA by the WorldWide Telescope ambassadors, to engage middle school girls in topics pertaining to the search for life in other planets.