Duilia de Mello is Professor of Physics at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and a science collaborator at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Since 2016 she is the Vice Provost and Dean of Assessment at CUA. She also works to popularize science in Brazil and encourage young female students to follow careers in STEM fields. She was an Assistant Professor at Chalmers University in Sweden, post-doctoral fellows at the Space Telescope Science Institute, at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile and at the National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro. Her PhD is from the University of São Paulo, MSc is from the Brazilian Institute of Space Research and BS is from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Astronomy. Among her discoveries are the supernova 1997D and stellar nurseries outside galaxies, known as blue blobs. She is also among the discoverers of the largest spiral galaxy in the universe and in the team that took the deepest ultraviolet image of the universe with Hubble Space Telescope.
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