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Rising Star: Jedidah Isler is forging new paths in astrophysics—and diversity among aspiring scientists

Jun. 22, 2016, 3:39 PM

As a little girl growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jedidah Isler was obsessed with the sky. “I really just thought it was beautiful,” she says, “and I remember feeling a sense of calm whenever I looked up.”

Today that same sense of calm and wonderment continues to help fuel Isler’s research on blazars, supermassive black holes with nearby jets of extremely high energy emission being spewed out. It also serves as a source of inspiration in her drive to diversify the ranks of America’s research scientists. “I care very deeply about who gets to do science—about inclusion and equity,” she says.

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Originally published in Vanderbilt Magazine

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