Since Spring 2020, I have been leading the GEMS group at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

GEMS works to raise awareness around and promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We welcome people of all genders who are interested in improving gender equality in the field of Astronomy, and particularly encourage those who identify as gender minorities (e.g., female, transgender, or non-binary) to join us.

During each semester, our community comes together in a safe space to discuss any challenges and opportunities that arise from being a gender minority in STEM. To get on the mailing list, email me at karenolsen (at)

Below is a list of people that the group has hosted meetings with. Most of the people listed were also colloquium speakers visiting Steward Observatory at the time.

2021 Spring

DateInvited speakerAffiliation
1/13/2021Professor Kate DanielBryn Mawr College

2020 Fall

DateInvited speakerAffiliation
12/10/2020Dr. Jessie ChristiansenNASA Exoplanet Science Institute, IPAC/Caltech
10/15/2020Dr. Laura MayorgaThe Johns Hopkins University
10/7/2020Professor Amy ReinesMontana State University
9/24/2020Dr. Monika SoraisamUniversity of Illinois
9/15/2020Dr. Emma BeasorNational Optical Astronomy Observatory

2020 Spring

DateInvited speakerAffiliation
1/20/2020Nicole Lloyd-RonningLos Alamos National Lab
2/24/2020Antonija OklopčićHarvard University

2019 Fall

Daniela Huppenkothen, University of Washington
Christina Williams, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
Jennifer Johnson, Ohio State
Diana Dragomir, MIT
Maria Drout, University of Toronto
Jessica Werk, University of Washington
Rebecca Jensen-Clem, UC Berkeley
Camille Avestruz, University of Michigan