NatSci Council on Diversity and Community continues its 2016 Speaker Series on Feb. 25

  • Feb 23, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Students, Physics & Astronomy

The MSU College of Natural Science’s Council on Diversity and Community continues its 2016 speaker series on Thursday, Feb. 25, with a “Pathways to Science” reception and seminar featuring Dr. Jane R. Rigby, who is a civil servant astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The reception and seminar will take place in the Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building on the MSU campus. The reception for graduate students and postdocs, which will be held from 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Room 3280 BPS, will give graduate students and post docs will have an opportunity to talk informally with the speaker about her personal experiences, obstacles she’s faced, and issues of work-life balance. The seminar will be held from 4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Room 1415 BPS. During the seminar, Rigby will share her perspective on diversity and community with the broader MSU community. A Q&A session will follow the seminar. Everyone is welcome!

Rigby received her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2006. She is a former NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2000-2003), a former Spitzer Fellow and Carnegie Fellow (2006-2010), and received two awards for her accomplishments in the field in 2013.

The Council of Diversity and Community Speaker Series is designed to bring distinguished speakers from various STEM disciplines to Michigan State University to share their experiences. At the luncheon, graduate students and postdocs have the opportunity to talk informally with the speaker about his/her personal experiences, obstacles he/she has faced, and issues of work-life balance.

For more information, contact Ani Hristova at hristov1@msu.edu.