Laura Danly

Laura Danly

Astronomer/Curator


Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles, CA USA


Every day of your life, you have the right to choose what you will accept and what you won't accept. And that's the craft and art of making your own life.

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Videos

By Roadtrip Nation

Laura Danly

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Themes: Courage
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Imagine The FutureWeb Exclusive
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The Right To ChooseInterview Excerpt
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Being A Woman in AstronomyInterview Excerpt
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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
For as long as she can remember, she wanted to study space; studied physics and got a Ph.D. in astronomy.
Worked as a postdoc at NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute.
Says that as a young female scientist, she often felt invisible, and she felt a lot of self-doubt.
But time and time again, her grades would best the boys in her classes, so she slowly gained confidence.
Took a huge leap leaving NASA-working for them had always been her dream, but she'd stagnated there.
Quit and spent some time traveling around India and Nepal; taking this break gave her more clarity about what she wanted to do with her life.
Says she's "restarted" her life half a dozen times; urges road-trippers to make changes if they reach a place where they're unhappy.
Believes that if you're scared about taking a big leap, you usually just need to take a deep breath and "jump out of the plane."
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
Yale University
doctorate
Doctorate
Astronomy
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Career

Career

Astronomer/Curator

I'm a spectroscopist specializing in ultraviolet observations from satellites to learn more about how galaxies evolve.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Science
Science
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

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