Tufts University

C. Megan Urry

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded C. Megan Urry an honorary degree during the University's 153rd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

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Commencement 2009

Megan Urry, we are proud to claim you as one of our own. You and your two sisters all graduated from Tufts, where your father was a beloved and distinguished member of the Chemistry faculty for two dozen years. Since leaving the Hill, your career has taken you to the highest levels of scientific accomplishment, while your research has taken you to the farthest reaches of the universe. Thanks to you, we are gaining a new understanding of active galaxies—those that have unusually luminous cores and are powered by very massive black holes—and their co-evolution with normal galaxies. Your colleagues at NASA turn to you when they need advice on the space observatories so critical to new discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. Your have made stellar contributions to the broader scientific community as well. Early in your career, the American Astronomical Society bestowed on you an award named after a great nineteenth-century predecessor, Annie Jump Cannon. Since then, you, too, have become a model for those who seek to broaden access to scientific careers. The first woman ever to receive tenure in physics at Yale and now chair of the department, you have championed diversity and professional inclusion in this country and internationally, teaching us how we are all diminished by discrimination we scarcely see. Megan Urry, it is our privilege to present you with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

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This story originally ran on May 17, 2009.