Dr. Urry is President of the American Astronomical Society, former chair of the Yale Astronomy Department, and a national leader advocating for women in academia.
Dr. Urry's talk is titled, "Challenges and Benefits of Equity and Inclusion for Academic Success." She will review current statistics in physics and astronomy; discuss research showing that current admissions and hiring practices are discriminatory and poorly correlated with measures of excellence; and address the recent harassment scandals in astronomy.
Dr. Urry is on campus to speak at the premiere of "Vera Rubin: Bringing the Dark to Light," a joint production of Fiske Planetarium and the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company. As a young women Vera Rubin was one of the first to discover that our universe is filled with dark matter. The play is unique in using video on the Fiske dome as the set of the play.