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Debra M. Elmegreen

Professor of Astronomy on the Maria Mitchell Chair and Department Chair

Professor Elmegreen has been on the Vassar faculty since 1985, teaching astronomy at all levels. She received her undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Princeton University (the first woman to do so) and her MA and PhD in Astronomy from Harvard University. She was a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow (the first woman to hold this position) at the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. Professor Elmegreen is Vice President of the International Astronomical Union, which include 100 member nations and 10,000 members worldwide. She is Chair of the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which manages ground-based federal observatories (NOAO and Gemini) as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. She is Past President of the American Astronomical Society and Past Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a Fellow of the AAAS and a National Associate of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences.