Challenging The Cosmos With Chicago’s Dr. Angela Olinto

Happy birthday to Doctor Angela Olinto, the first female Dean of the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. (Photo: The University of Chicago, Physical Sciences Division with our thanks.) Read her inpsiring story.

This Brazilian American’s work with astroparticle physics is on the cutting edge of science.

Challenging the cosmos with Chicago’s Dr. Angela Olinto with equal parts of intellect and imagination.

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This week’s Brazilian Minute: Challenging The Cosmos With Chicago’s Dr. Angela Olinto

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Welcome to Brazilian Minute, brought to you by the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago and the Brazilian Foreign Ministry’s Cultural Department.

When pondering the origin of the universe and the cosmos, turn your gaze to the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. It’s led by a Brazilian American. The first female Dean of the Physical Sciences Division, Doctor Angela Olinto.

Born in Boston, Olinto was educated in Brazil before receiving her Ph.D. in physics at MIT.

She is a member of the National Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which includes both Albert Einstein and Nelson Mandela.

Olinto’s work with astroparticle physics is on the cutting edge of science. The study of neutrinos is helping us to understand the evolution of the universe. Pulsars, dark matter, cosmic rays, and neutron stars are all part of the realm investigated by Doctor Olinto.

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What inspires Dr. Angela Olinto’s imagination? Published on July 11th, this ‘deep space’ image is one of the first taken by the new James Webb Space Telescope. You are viewing a tiny fragment of the universe, approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length. (Image courtesy of NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI)

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Overview:

Angela Olinto was born on July 19th, 1960 in Boston, while her father completed his graduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently, the Olinto family moved back to Rio de Janeiro where she grew up and attended school. Olinto earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rio’s Pontificia Universidade Catolica in 1981. Then she returned to her hometown in Boston to attend MIT. Angela Olinto received her Ph.D. in physics in 1987.

Dr. Angela Olinto is married to Brazilian guitarist Sergio Assad. Brazilian vocalist and songwriter Badi Assad is her sister-in-law.

Angela Olinto also inspired a song that bears her name. ‘Anglea’ is included in Clarisse and Sergio Assad’s Reliquia. The album was released in time for Angela Olinto’s birthday in 2016. See below.

We’ve collected a series of articles and features about Dr. Angela Olinto for you to explore:

Dr. Angela Olinto: The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics | The University of Chicago. Reading Link

Wikipedia: Dr. Angela Olinto. Reading Link

Wired Magazine: Women in STEM -“A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Closes in on Super-Energetic Particles” Angela Olinto. Reading Link

Dr. Angela Olinto: Priorities For Next 10 Years Of Astronomy Include Exoplanets, Early Days Of Universe Reading Link

Quanta Magazine: A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Takes to the Sky. Reading Link

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