KU WOMEN DISTINCTION
Barbara J. Anthony-Twarog
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Other Achievements or Honors
Minor planet 24265 Banthony twarog (1999 x6143) was discovered by the hardworking members of the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers League and named for me.
What led you to your area of study/field of interest?
My dad’s love of physics, and the excitement of the space program when I was young.
What honor, achievement or accomplishment is most meaningful to you? Why?
Student-driven awards for teaching and mentoring mean the most to me.
Who has been influential or had a significant impact on your life?
Strong, supportive parents, excellent high school science teachers (men and women), my graduate advisor Beatreu Tinsley, and my husband. At KU, my first chair Jack Davidson and then vice-chancellor Deannell Tacha made my career attainable.
Why do you believe it is important to recognize women for their accomplishments?
Because we need to learn better how to be proud of ourselves, and for what reasons.
What is a most favorite/least favorite memory as a student?
Most favorite: No final exams last semester in college! Also, as a grad student, the terrific camaraderie that has lasted through the years.
What is your definition of success?
Achieving a position that you love and in which your talent is put to best use.
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