The deft dean

"We think that when we make a discovery, we’ve answered a question; but almost always what we’ve done is posed a new question,” commented astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, the first woman to serve as dean at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Science. The Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics who is renowned for her pioneering work in gravitational-wave detection expected her new role from September 1, 2020 to offer "opportunities to make an important and hopefully lasting impact,” according to a communication from the MIT News Office. Commending her "brilliance as a researcher and educator,” MIT......

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