Apr 11, 2017
Dr. Nitya Kallivayalil
Her Research and Efforts to Have Women Represented in Science

Dr. Nitya Kallivayalil is an assistant professor in Astronomy with a focus on near field astronomy.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Physics, and earned a Ph.D in Astronomy from Harvard University.  Before coming to UVa in 2013, she was a Pappalardo Fellow at MIT and a Prize Fellow at the Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics. As importantly, she has taken the lead in a partnership with Spelman College in Atlanta, a historically black women's institution, known for the high percentage of women graduates in the sciences.In collaboration with the Spelman College Physics department Nitya seeks to inspire young women to major in Physics and pursue graduate  training.


Nitya will speak about her research and discuss her program to increase the numbers of underrepresented women in the science and physics pipeline.  With her focus on education and opportunity for women , Nitya's work champions core areas of Rotary mission.