AIP/ Society of Rheology History
The Society of Rheology
The year 2029 will be the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Society of Rheology. In preparation for the centenary, I have been compiling precise and engaging biographies of past Bingham Medal winners to be uploaded to the Society of Rheology webpage, as well as to the Physics History Network on the American Institute of Physics (AIP) website. I have also been promoting higher engagement with the members of the Society through the use of social media via the Niels Bohr Library and Archives (NBLA) Facebook and Twitter. Studying the history of science allows us to learn about the great men and women in science and their accomplishments that moved the scientific community forward. This project will help preserve the history of the Society of Rheology for future generations of members.
I am a rising senior physics major with a studio art minor at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In past summers I have performed research in astrophysics at both Gettysburg College as an XSIG research fellow and at Texas A&M University through the NSF REU program. At Gettysburg, I used Python to analyze simulation data of galaxy cluster mergers to calculate velocity dispersion. When I was at Texas A&M, I studied the spectra of galaxies to determine stellar kinematics to help perform the calculation that determines the mass of black holes located at the center of that galaxy.
In the future, I would like to work in public outreach to help educate the public on scientific topics. On campus, I work as a lead mentor for the LEGO After School Activities Program for fourth through sixth grade girls where we get young girls involved and excited about science through LEGO robotics. I am also involved in our chapter of Society of Physics Students, where I have just been elected co-president, and am on the executive board for STEMinists, a group that supports and advocates for women in STEM fields while educating the public about women in STEM.