In honor of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, astronomers and engineers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) released an article highlighting some of the women in science that have inspired their careers. Nominated to the list was U-M Astronomy’s very own Professor Nuria Calvet.

Professor Calvet was nominated by Dr. Enrique Macias, a postdoctoral fellow at ALMA, in which ESO is a partner. In the article, Dr. Macias recognizes Professor Calvet as a leader in the field of star and planet formation. He also describes her continual support for his career and the impact she has had on students and young researchers over the years.

From the ESO Blog Post:

“Nuria Calvet has been a leading researcher in the field of star and planet formation since the 1980s, a time when female astronomers in the field were unfortunately uncommon,” says Enrique Macias, postdoctoral fellow at ALMA, in which ESO is a partner. His role model, Nuria Calvet, focuses her research on the first stage of a star system’s life, obtaining observations of young planet-forming, or protoplanetary, discs and developing modelling tools to interpret them and understand how and why the amount of gas and dust changes over time.

Nuria Calvet completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley before working at several research institutions in Venezuela, and now holds the Helen Dodson Prince Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan. Enrique, whose own research focuses on planet formation, says, “She has had a huge impact on many students and young researchers. When I first met Nuria Calvet, I felt a bit lost on how to continue with my PhD project and what would come next. I had the opportunity to spend three months at the University of Michigan working with her, and I learnt not only a great deal about protoplanetary disk structure and evolution, but she also gave me very valuable career advice and helped me get motivated again. Whenever I have any question about my career or the physics of protoplanetary disks, I still go to her to help me resolve my doubts.”


Click here to read ESO’s full article celebrating women role models in astronomy and engineering