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A former program of the APS’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP), the Woman Physicist of the Month highlights exceptional female physicists who have positively impacted other individuals’ lives and careers.
Dr. Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from University of Minnesota Twin Cities in June 2017. Her field of research is extragalactic astronomy, in particular, studying the structure and dynamics of galaxies, their supermassive black holes (SMBHs), and examining what this can tell us about the galaxy formation process. Recently, her research in galaxy structure has led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy. As a female, immigrant astronomer and first-generation in her family to attend college, Dr. Mutlu-Pakdil has long been committed to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. In addition to mentoring, she has been involved in several K-12 outreach programs to engage female students in science. Due to her contributions to improve the climate for women, she has been selected as the 2017 Linda Larson Woman of the Year. Read More