JoEllen McBride

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Introduction Dr. JoEllen McBride is a mom, science communicator and astrophysicist whose main purpose is to make science inclusive and accessible to anyone that wants to participate. She earned her PhD in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Her research focused on galaxies that live close to each other and how that affected their ability to create stars. After that, she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at Voice of America in Washington D.C. and an adjunct faculty member in the physics department at West Chester University. She is now the Associate Director of the Graduate Student Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McBride is still active in the science community through her advocacy work, serving as Advocacy Director of the 500 Women Scientists Philly Pod, a member of the AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy, and a Board member of the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester. She also raises her two daughters, Carina and Alessa, with her partner Ed, and the help of her two kitties, Thelma and Louise.