Mary Hkawn Tsin loves just doing her job, helping communities in her home state of Kachin. Challenging gender stereotypes just comes with the territory.
In a small town in Slovakia’s southwest, Romy Mikušincová grew up dreaming about discovering the origin of the stars and the universe. It was her curiosity, she says, that made her interested in pursuing a career in science – specifically in astrophysics and theoretical physics.
Today, she is living her dream. She studies theoretical physics and astrophysics at the Roma Tre University, where she researches one of the greatest mysteries of astrophysics: black holes. Black holes are created when stars at the end of their life become so dense they collapse in on themselves and even light cannot escape their gravity.
Still, there is much to learn.
“The study of black holes isn’t a time-limited project because we discover new information every day”, she says. “Currently, I’m working on a simulation of black hole surveillance for IXPE (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer), a satellite that will be launched by the end of 2021”.