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Interview with Dr. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz

13 Jun 2019, 19:00 UTC
Interview with Dr. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz
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Dr. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, professor and chair of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, was inducted as the inaugural Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy last month. Vera Rubin was on the steering committee of the Working Group on the Status of Women in Astronomy whose report led to the creation of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. She was also a champion of inclusive science—mentoring students from various backgrounds. I spoke to Dr. Ramirez-Ruiz about what this chair means and about his intentional work to increase the diversity of voices contributing to the field of astronomy. Why is it important to have an endowed professor in diversity? Our department at UC Santa Cruz has made intense investments, both intellectually and emotionally speaking, to make sure our graduate program is diverse. These conversations started when Dr. Sandy Faber was chair and we spoke many times about the broken [student to faculty] pipeline. We wanted to figure out how to enhance our ability to attract professors that are women and/or under-represented minorities. When we had a search for a theoretical astrophysicist, we got 220 applications and only 20 were women. This prompted us to start ...

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