Dr. Joan Schmelz

Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Dr. Joan Schmelz, DEI Chair

Joan is a director, astronomer, and diversity advocate at USRA as well as a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Before joining USRA, she was a program officer at NSF and professor at the University of Memphis. Her research involves coronal, interstellar, and extragalactic magnetic fields. She was VP of the AAS and chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. She speaks and writes on unconscious bias, stereotype threat, and the gender gap. She was honored in 2015 as one of Nature’s top ten people who made a difference in science for her work fighting sexual harassment.