ASP2018 Plenary Speaker
Deputy Associate Director, NOAO
Community Science & Data Center
Dr. Dara Norman is the Deputy Associate Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory’s Community Science and Data Center in Tucson, AZ. Her research interests include the study of Active Galactic Nuclei and their influence on galaxy evolution.
Dr. Norman is also the AURA Diversity Advocate at NOAO. The duties of this position include creating and advancing opportunities at NOAO/AURA to bring more under-represented minorities and women into the “astronomy enterprise,” which includes research science, engineering, data science, and instrument building. She recently served on the governing board of the American Astronomical Society, where she chaired the taskforce to revise the society’s Ethics Code.
Dr. Norman has been an active member of the AAS’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy and was chair of the astronomy and astrophysics section of the National Society of Black Physicists. She has participated in numerous public outreach programs including ASP’s Project Astro at NOAO and University of Washington, the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at NOAO and CTIO, and as a speaker for the Astronomy Teen Café at NOAO. In 2009, she attended the first White House Star Party, where she met astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jamison, and showed the President and first family Jupiter and its moons through a small telescope.
Dr. Norman holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology.