LSU celebrates “Women Making History” all year long by honoring our world-class faculty, students and staff at the forefront of discoveries in the field, lab or classroom. The university regonizes seven outstanding faculty members who have made history during their time here at LSU.
Tabetha Boyajian, Astronomy
Dr. Boyajian is the only woman to have a star named after her. “Tabby’s star” or KIC 8462852 is a star that has unique variations in brightness. With help from the citizen scientist group Planet Hunters, she and her colleagues are conducting research on this perplexing star.
Theda Daniels-Race, Engineering
Dr. Daniels-Race’s work has involved a wide range of research in the area of compound semiconductor electronics. She and her students explore nanoscale phenomena for the development of next generation devices. Dr. Daniels-Race is from New Orleans. She teaches Solid-State Devices and Semiconductor Materials at LSU.
Gabriela González, Physics
Dr. González serves as the spokesperson for the international LIGO Scientific Collaboration. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, team detected in 2015 the gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, and opened a new window of discovery to the cosmos.
In 2016, Dr. González was named one of the Ten People who Mattered by the scientific journal Nature. González received the Bruno Rossi prize from the American Astronomical Society, the Jesse W. Beams award of the American Physical Society and was named Scientist of the Year by Great Minds in STEM.
Morgan Kelly, Biology
Dr. Kelly is a marine biologist. She studies animals that do not have a backbone, or invertebrates, such as oysters, sea anemones, crustaceans and corals that live in fresh or saltwater. She and her graduate students conduct research in the field and lab that helps us understand how these animals are genetically adapted to changes in their environment.
Nancy Rabalais, Coast
Graça Vicente, Biology
Dr. Vicente’s research involves the synthesis of new organic materials that absorb and emit energy in the visible and near-infrared region of the optical spectrum and their development as biological labels, imaging agents, ion sensors or as sensitizers for the photodynamic therapy or the boron neutron capture therapy of cancers.
Sophie Warny, Geology
Dr. Warny studies organic-walled microfossils, or palynomorphs, such as pollen, spores and algae. These microfossils are preserved in sediment and rocks and can be used to answer questions about evolution, extinction, diversity or how living organism formed. They also offer information about ancient climates and environments. They can also be used for oil exploration and as a forensic tool in criminal investigations or archaeological studies.
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