Hispanic Business magazine has honored Cecilia Aragon as one of 25 Women of Vision in 2009. As a staff scientist in the Computational Research Division at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Aragon researches and develops collaborative visual interfaces to foster scientific insight. She is also a founding member of Latinas in Computing and active in diversity and outreach programs at the Lab.
She is currently the lead architect for the Particle Data Group's Review of Particle Physics computing system and for the Deep Sky project. The Review of Particle Physics is the most cited publication in particle physics, and Deep Sky is an astronomical image database covering the majority of the northern sky in unprecedented depth.
President Barack Obama today appointed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The announcement came in a speech at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
Jackson, is a theoretical physicist, described in Time Magazine as "perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science," her research and policy focus includes energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the "Quiet Crisis" of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Barbara Liskov won the 2009 Turing Award. Often described as the "Nobel Prize in computing," the award was given for helping to make computer programs more reliable, secure and easy to use. Liskov is only the second woman to receive the honor.
The first female theoretical physicist to gain tenure at Harvard University, she was named as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
She was also named one of the top 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire Magazine.